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Interim CEO appointed for OHSU Healthcare

07 Aug 2016

By: Cheryl Wolfe, president and CEO

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In January, OHSU launched a nationwide search for a permanent CEO for its clinical enterprise. This position also serves as OHSU Healthcare’s site executive with OHSU Partners.

OHSU Healthcare COO Cindy Grueber has been serving in an interim capacity pending a permanent hire. Unfortunately, OHSU’s initial extensive rounds of interviews did not produce a hire, so they recently relaunched the recruitment.

Timothy Goldfarb, who managed OHSU’s clinical enterprise from 1987 to 2001, will serve as interim chief executive officer of OHSU Healthcare until a permanent leader can be recruited. He will join the team on Aug. 8.

Cynthia Grueber, who has served as both interim CEO as well as chief operating officer for OHSU Healthcare since January 2016, will continue to lead a number of new strategic initiatives while resuming all COO responsibilities. 

During his nearly 20-year tenure at OHSU, Goldfarb oversaw a time of significant growth. He left OHSU to become CEO of the UF Health Shands system, an affiliate of the University of Florida and its Health Science Center. The system he oversaw includes a teaching hospital, children’s hospital, five community and specialty hospitals and multiple outpatient care, emergency and surgical centers.

Goldfarb recently retired from UF Health Shands and returned to Portland in July to serve as president of The Foundation for Medical Excellence. He will continue providing some consulting services to the foundation during his temporary engagement with OHSU.