Rubin named new Stanford Hospital & Clinics CEO

Chief operating officer of UCLA Health System to join Stanford in January

A new CEO is coming to Stanford Hospital & Clinics at the beginning of next year.

Amir Dan Rubin, currently chief operating officer at the UCLA Health System in Los Angeles, will succeed Martha Marsh, who retired in September after eight years of running the hospital.

Rubin will manage the main hospital at Stanford, as well as its clinics. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford School of Medicine are separate entities. All three are part of the Stanford University Medical Center.

"Amir Rubin is an outstanding executive to lead Stanford Hospital at this transformative time in our history," Stanford Hospital & Clinics Board Chair Mariann Byerwalter said.

"His deep knowledge of academic medical centers, track record of success in developing patient-centered clinical environments, and commitment to innovation in all aspects of health care -- including enhancing the patient experience -- will be a tremendous asset as we develop the New Stanford Hospital."

Rubin, an MBA who began his career in health care consulting and was based in the Bay Area for several years, joined UCLA in 2005, after serving as chief operating officer at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.

As head of the 832-bed UCLA Health System, he oversaw more than 8,000 employees and an operating budget of $1.6 billion.

At Stanford, he will manage an organization that, according to 2009 figures, has 679 beds, 8,615 staff members and a $1.8 billion operating budget.

"Stanford has an unparalleled group of researchers, educators, physicians, nurses, clinicians, and staff who have significantly impacted healthcare for half a century," Rubin said.

"The opportunity to join one of the world's premier universities and academic medical centers is a great privilege and honor for me."

"Stanford has the ability to change the face of healthcare," he added. "To be part of an organization that can have such a broad impact on humanity is unique and truly inspiring."

Stanford Hospital is designing a new $2.0 billion inpatient facility that will be built adjacent to the existing hospital, with construction anticipated to begin following the projected completion of the City of Palo Alto approval process in 2011.

Rubin, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received a Master of Health Services Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He is married with two children, ages eight and ten.

"Amir Rubin is unique among hospital leaders in possessing superb knowledge and skills that are focused on improving healthcare in a manner that puts patients and families first and foremost," Stanford School of Medicine Dean Philip Pizzo said. "He is a highly respected, accomplished and incredibly collaborative hospital executive."

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