UCI Health Names Chad Lefteris as New CEO

Monday, April 06, 2020

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The UC Irvine health system has named Chad Lefteris as its new chief executive.

Lefteris will oversee the overall UCI Health operation, which includes UCI Medical Center in Orange and more than a dozen outpatient research and specialty care centers throughout Orange County and parts of Riverside County.

He has been UCI Health’s chief operating officer since December 2018.

His appointment as CEO comes amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. UCI announced that it is participating in a clinical trial to test the antiviral drug remdesivir as a potential treatment for COVID-19.

“After a nationwide search, the search committee identified the ideal candidate within our own ranks,” Dr. Steve Goldstein, UC Irvine vice chancellor for health affairs, said in a statement. “Chad brings years of experience and a natural ability to build relationships. I have all the faith and confidence that Chad will lead UCI Health through this COVID-19 crisis. He’s the right person to ensure that our front-line caregivers have the tools and resources they need to continue providing care for our community during these trying times.”

Lefteris said in a statement that “it’s a privilege to work with all of the outstanding physicians, nurses and staff at UCI Health — they are truly heroes.”

“With the vast spread of COVID-19, this is a pivotal time for healthcare in our state and nation,” he said. “I will prioritize the health of our community and the safety and well-being of our physicians, nurses and staff as we work together to get through this pandemic.”

Before joining UCI Health, Lefteris was vice president of operations at UNC REX Healthcare, a private, not-for-profit system that is a component of UNC Health, based in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Source: Daily Pilot

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