Harvey Holzberg said he will retire as president and chief executive officer of 473-bed Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., after "an orderly transition" to new leadership, probably by year-end. Holzberg will continue as president and CEO of the parent organization, four-hospital Robert Wood Johnson Health System, and chairman of eight-hospital Robert Wood Johnson Health Network for two more years. His successor at the university hospital will report directly to the hospital's board; CEOs of the system's other hospitals report to Holzberg. The university hospital's board, which has been "succession planning for years," will conduct "an abbreviated nationwide search for a successor," Holzberg said.
One likely candidate is Clifton Lacy, who is soon to end a three-year tenure as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Lacy "obviously brings very strong credentials," Holzberg said of the cardiologist, who before his state appointment spent his entire career at Robert Wood Johnson, most recently as senior vice president for medical affairs and chief of staff. Holzberg became president and CEO of the university hospital in 1989 and is credited as the architect of the health system and network. This month he will begin serving as national chairman of the Council of Teaching Hospitals at the Association of American Medical Colleges. -- by Cinda Becker