* John Paul, executive vice president of Pittsburgh's UPMC Health System, will not be returning from a six-month sabbatical as previously announced.
The decision was made "after further discussion and careful consideration by the UPMC board leadership," UPMC President Jeffrey Romoff wrote in a memo. "We have arrived at the conclusion that John's return from his leave of absence would not serve his best interests or those of the UPMC." Romoff said Paul and the UPMC leadership mutually agreed his role as CFO, chief of operations and other senior staff duties should be divided among several positions. The system will begin a national search for a new CFO.
Paul, 52, was with the system for nearly 30 years and most recently was instrumental in negotiating a contentious contract with Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He also played a key role in the system's acquisition of the financially failing St. Francis Medical Center in order to build a new home for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
"These are only two vivid examples of his brilliant work on behalf of the UPMC," Romoff said.