The CEO who pioneered population health management at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City is retiring after 11 years at the helm of the academic giant.
Dr. Steven Safyer, who made Modern Healthcare's Most Influential People in Healthcare list four times, announced Friday that he's retiring.
He said he will continue to serve as CEO until a successor is appointed. Dan Tishman, chair of the Montefiore Medicine board of trustees, will head the selection process.
Safyer became CEO of Montefiore after three decades training and working in the system, where he made his name treating inmates at the Rikers Island jail and tackling New York City's HIV and tuberculosis epidemics.
Since he became CEO, the number of hospitals in the system, which includes the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, increased to 10, with more than 3,000 employed physicians and more than 150 clinics. The Bronx-based system has expanded into Westchester County and the Hudson Valley.
"It's been an honor to dedicate my life's work to an organization that has given so much to so many," Safyer said in a written statement.
"Montefiore is unlike any other academic health system in the world," he said. "Its commitment to bringing the right care to all people, when and where they need it most, regardless of who they are, where they come from, their ability to pay, the language they speak, who they love or who they worship, is unrivaled."