* Michael Karpf will resign as associate vice chancellor of financially strained UCLA Healthcare and CEO of 599-bed UCLA Medical Center to become executive vice president of health affairs at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, effective Oct. 1.
Karpf, 58, has led UCLA's three hospitals and 18 clinics since 1995. In his newly created position, he will head up 411-bed University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, and its clinics and health plans, and will share oversight of the colleges of dentistry, health sciences, nursing and pharmacy with the university's provost, Mike Nietzel.
Karpf's position at UCLA will be filled temporarily by John Stone, senior vice president of the Hunter Group, a Raleigh, N.C.-based turnaround firm that issued a withering report on the system's finances in March. The report cited billing problems, dwindling revenue and disorganized management, and recommended cutting 475 jobs over the next three years to save $31 million.
Karpf, however, said he had not been asked to leave UCLA but rather was lured away by the promise of a more diverse, hands-on position in Kentucky. "It's an opportunity to organize on a different level and to make an impact on a different level," he said.