Glenn Fosdick Announces Retirement as President & CEO
After more than 30 years as a leader in health care administration, Glenn A. Fosdick, announced today that he will retire at the end of the year as president and CEO of The Nebraska Medical Center.
"I started discussing my retirement with the board three years ago," Fosdick said. "This is my 19th year as a CEO, and given the tremendous efforts underway to integrate our clinical enterprise, now is a logical time for me to transition my responsibilities to the next leadership team, while focusing on our collaborative efforts with partner organizations around the region."
The Nebraska Medical Center was a much different place in 2001. Fosdick led the effort to change its name from Nebraska Health System to The Nebraska Medical Center. He put a renewed focus on quality, on finding new ways to practice medicine and improving the way health care was delivered. Three years after taking the helm, The Nebraska Medical Center was first in consumer awareness and preference and had the highest market share in the Omaha metropolitan area.
Under Fosdick's guidance and leadership, the medical center has extended its reach and has become a regional medical care delivery system that now includes a joint venture orthopedic specialty hospital – Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital; a suburban cancer center; and a community hospital in Bellevue, Nebraska, Bellevue Medical Center. It also has relationships with hospitals in Fairfax, Missouri, and Shenandoah, Iowa.
"Glenn Fosdick has led with conviction, integrity, a pioneering spirit and vision. His commitment and passion for quality health care has helped propel The Nebraska Medical Center to become the leading tertiary care center in the region. I am sure that Glenn will look back for years to come and smile with satisfaction at the difference he's made in helping to build this health system," said Bruce Lauritzen, Chairman of The Nebraska Medical Center Board of Directors.
"With Glenn Fosdick at the helm, The Nebraska Medical Center has earned a strong reputation for high-quality patient care, effective operations and innovation in today's rapidly changing healthcare environment," said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. "Glenn's leadership, vision and commitment to quality have served the hospital and its partners well and will position us for success in a new era for healthcare."
Prior to his years in Omaha, Fosdick led Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan as president and CEO from 1995-2001. He also served as Hurley's executive vice president and chief operating officer. Fosdick held senior leadership positions at The Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, New York (1980-1992) and Genesee Memorial Hospital in Batavia, New York (1976-1980).
Fosdick's goals of becoming a leader in health care began when he was a child. When he was in the tenth grade, he had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Where some children might feel a pull toward a career as a physician or nurse, Fosdick said he felt a different calling.
"It was a significant experience. It gave me a great appreciation for the unique culture of hospitals," he says. "What a unique opportunity to connect with a broad spectrum of people in the community. I've met presidents, vice presidents and I've met gang members. I've worked with remarkable people, incredibly talented physicians, dedicated professional nursing staff. People who made things change and get better because of their imagination and commitment."
Fosdick, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, is known nationally as an "out of the box" thinker in health care administration. The medical center adopted the quality improvement system developed by Toyota, an operating room safety program pioneered by the aviation industry, and a customer service plan modeled after five star hotels.
In addition to his leadership role at The Nebraska Medical Center, Fosdick has also served as senior associate dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine since 2002.
"Under Glenn's leadership, the hospital increased its efficiency greatly, and the hospital was very successful during his tenure," UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, MD, said. "Glenn also was a strong advocate for quality care throughout the hospital. I heard often from patients about the extra mile that nurses and others would go for them. That doesn't just happen by coincidence; that's an expectation that Glenn set, and it permeated throughout the hospital staff."
"I've known Glenn since he moved to Omaha," said James Armitage, MD, professor of oncology at UNMC. He's done a tremendous job here and has become a national figure in hospital administration."
Most recently, Fosdick has advocated locally and nationally about the need for reforming health care and the changes that are taking place. Under his leadership, The Nebraska Medical Center recently implemented a system-wide electronic health system aimed at improving patient care and efficiency.
"When Glenn arrived 12 years ago, he brought stability and leadership," said James Canedy, MD, President of Clarkson Regional Health Services. "He's also helped the med center build strategic relationships throughout Nebraska and the region." Fosdick has been heavily involved with a new partnership among nine health systems in Nebraska, and beyond his retirement as CEO, he will continue this work on behalf of the med center.
Nowhere has the partnership between UNMC and the hospital been more evident than in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, the largest single project ever at the medical center. Fellow leaders recognize Fosdick for his vision and drive in helping turn a good idea into a transformative part of the future of UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center. Thousands of employees at The Nebraska Medical Center will likely remember Fosdick's leadership style as friendly and good-natured. During monthly employee forums, employees could always count on him for a joke as well as a very honest and personal assessment of issues in health care.
"I've had the occasion to be with Glenn when he's around elected officials, dignitaries, as well as hospital employees from maintenance workers to nurses – people of all different backgrounds and experiences," said Tadd Pullin, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Development. "He's always the same guy; approachable, engaged and prepared at any moment to share tangible examples of why The Nebraska Medical Center is an extraordinary place."
With Fosdick's retirement announcement, a new co-leadership model has been developed. Dean Brad Britigan, MD of UNMC's College of Medicine will serve as interim President with Bill Dinsmoor, former Chief Financial Officer at The Nebraska Medical Center serving as the interim Chief Executive Officer. The leadership team is charged with creating an integrated and financially aligned clinical enterprise to provide the best care for patients, while laying the foundation for improved operational and financial performance over the long term for The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians.
Bradley Britigan, M.D., Interim President.
Bradley Britigan, M.D., appreciates and understands the unique missions of academic medical centers and how they are different from other hospitals and physician practices.
An internal medicine/infectious disease specialist, Dr. Britigan is the Stokes-Shackleford Professor and dean of the UNMC College of Medicine. He joined UNMC in 2011 after seven years at the University of Cincinnati, where he served as chair of internal medicine. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at the University of Iowa where he was director of infectious diseases. He also has had a 25-year relationship as a staff physician in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
With its full complement of clinical specialties and subspecialties, as well as strong commitments to excellence in biomedical education and research, Dr. Britigan believes UNMC and its clinical partners are well positioned to provide state-of-the-art care for any medical condition.
He also places a high value on research and education. His own research focuses on bacterial infections of the lungs and on the biology of oxygen-centered free radicals and/or iron metabolism as they relate to host defense/inflammation. The National Institutes of Health, the VA and a variety of research foundations have funded his research. He has been involved in teaching of medical students, graduate students, residents and post-doctoral fellows throughout his academic career.
A Minnesota native who grew up in St. Louis, Dr. Britigan earned his bachelor's degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and his medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He did his internal medicine residency at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The author of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Britigan was elected to membership in two of the most prestigious societies in academic medicine – the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and was the president of the American Federation for Medical Research from 1996-1997 and president of the Central Society for Clinical Research from 2010-2011.
As dean, he is determined to expand and improve all aspects of UNMC's clinical, educational and research enterprise, emphasizing interdisciplinary team-based approaches to meeting the challenges of 21st century medicine.
William S. Dinsmoor, CMA, MBA, Interim Chief Executive Officer.
Bill Dinsmoor was appointed Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of The Nebraska Medical Center in October 1997 and has served in that capacity since. Prior to this appointment, Dinsmoor served as the Chief Financial Officer of Clarkson Hospital from 1991 to 1997. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of Clarkson Regional Health Services and has held this position since 1991.
Dinsmoor is known as a strategic thinker, a team builder and a leader who gets things done. In his time at The Nebraska Medical Center he has lead efforts to develop Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital and Bellevue Medical Center. He was the executive sponsor of the system-wide implementation of the Epic electronic medical record system, an 80 million dollar investment connecting patient information across hospitals, physician offices and clinics. He is also involved with and was instrumental in the formation of the Accountable Care Alliance, the partnership between Methodist Health System, The Nebraska Medical Center and their affiliated physicians. The Accountable Care Alliance is one of the first accountable care organizations in the country and the first to involve competing health systems working together. Its primary goals are to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care while reducing health care costs.
A native of Missouri, Dinsmoor received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1982, and earned designation of Certified Management Accountant in 1985. In 2000, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanitarian Services and was the recipient of the Otto F. Bauer Humanitarian Service Award. Dinsmoor holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
During his career, Dinsmoor has served on numerous community and corporate boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Accountable Care Alliance, Bellevue Medical Center, Clarkson College, Nebraska Health Partners, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital and SimplyWell.