Dr. Patricia Gabow, CEO of Denver Health for the past 20 years, announced that she will retire Sept. 1, 2012. A successor is expected to be named within the next 10 months, according to an e-mailed news release from Denver Health.
Denver Health CEO Gabow to retire in 2012
Denver Health is Colorado's safety-net provider and it is anchored by the 397-bed Denver Health Medical Center. Gabow, 67, has worked for Denver Health for almost 40 years.
"Both Denver and the nation owe a great deal to Dr. Gabow's energetic commitment to improving healthcare delivery," Hubert Farbes Jr., chairman of the Denver Health board, said in the release. "Due to her diligent efforts to make Denver Health an effective haven for people without insurance, while at the same time ensuring high quality and the best practices medicine has to offer, she has been the change-maker behind the national reputation we now enjoy."
Gabow is a member of the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission and has been recognized by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician readers for her leadership. She was named to Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare lists in 2005 and 2009. She has been named to the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives list four times: finishing 16th in 2011, 23rd in 2010, 17th in 2010 and 27th in 2006. She was named to the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list twice, placing 54th in 2009 and 76th in 2005.
In an August 2010 essay for Modern Healthcare, Gabow urged healthcare executives to seize the opportunity for reform.
"We will be required to innovate in a structured and disciplined manner," she wrote. "We all have an opportunity to achieve a better American healthcare system; let us not squander it."
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