Eric Rackow was named president of 734-bed NYU Hospitals Center, New York, succeeding Theresa Bischoff, who is retiring in January after 20 years with the institution. Rackow has been the hospital's chief medical officer for the past four years and recently was named senior vice president. Hospital officials felt "a physician would be best suited to provide leadership" in light of plans to further strengthen patient care, build new clinical programs and increase philanthropy, hospital spokesman Michael Chapman said. Officials said Rackow would work over the next few months with Bischoff and Robert Glickman, the hospital's CEO and dean of the NYU School of Medicine.
In other leadership changes, Patricia Liebman, president of UPMC Health Plan, Pittsburgh, has left the 400,000-member plan. Her departure does not reflect a desire to sell the for-profit subsidiary of UPMC Health System, system President Jeffrey Romoff said in a written statement. "We remain committed to advancing the health plan," he said. Liebman had been with the health plan since its inception in 1998. Officials will conduct a national search for a replacement while an executive leadership team oversees the plan, Romoff said. -- by Cinda Becker