Stanford Health Care CEO to leave at end of year

Sept. 29, 2015, 1:10 a.m.
Courtesy of Stanford News Service
Courtesy of Stanford News Service

Stanford Health Care announced that its CEO and president, Amir Dan Rubin, will be leaving the organization at the end of the year to join UnitedHealth Group’s Optum health service platform as executive vice president.

“I wish to share my heartfelt appreciation for the honor of having served Stanford Health Care as President and CEO,” Rubin said, according to a Stanford Health Care press release. “It has been the privilege of a lifetime to work with such spectacular people dedicated to healing humanity, through science and compassion, one patient at a time. Words cannot express how incredible it has been to engage with colleagues and supporters who [over] these past years have received Nobel prizes, achieved nursing Magnet status and won numerous accolades.”

Rubin became the CEO and president of Stanford Health Care in 2011 after operating as CEO of UCLA’s and Stony Brook’s health care services. During his tenure, Stanford Health Care was ranked the No. 1 hospital in California by U.S. News and World Report, and National Research Corporation also ranked the hospital as the most preferred hospital in the region. The hospital also achieved the best patient experience rankings in the Bay Area, according to Medicare.

Other accomplishments include the construction of a new Stanford Hospital, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018. With the help of donations, Stanford Health Care has expanded access to the Level 1 Trauma Center and Emergency Department and has expanded its reach to surrounding communities, partnering with ValleyCare hospitals and opening a new Stanford Cancer Center in San Jose. Stanford Health Care is also making innovations in virtual care, where patients can get checkups through video.

“Stanford Health Care, with the contributions of the Stanford School of Medicine, has raised the bar for innovative, patient-centered care, not only in California but [across] the nation,” said John Levin, chair of Stanford Health Care’s board of directors. “We are greatly appreciative of Amir’s five years of energetic and passionate commitment to Stanford Medicine.”

A transition committee has been appointed by the Board of Directors to search for a new leader.

Rubin will joining UnitedHealth Group’s Optum branch, which works to improve the health care system while making it more affordable, as executive vice president.

“In my new role, I look forward to helping improve health and making the broader health care system work better for everyone in this nation and around the world,” he said.


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