Thomas F. Zenty III has served as Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, Ohio, since March 2003.The UH health care system, named one of the nation's top 10 U.S. health systems by Thomson Reuters for the past two years, includes eight owned and two joint-venture medical centers, 18 major ambulatory health centers, and more than 160 primary care and specialty physician offices throughout Northeast Ohio. UH Case Medical Center, the system's 1,032-bed tertiary academic medical center, is the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and was ranked ninth in the nation for excellence in 2010 by the University HealthSystems Consortium. With more than 21,000 employees and physicians, the UH system has been recognized for seven consecutive years as a best place to work in Northeast Ohio by the Employers Resource Council.
Under Mr. Zenty's leadership, the health system has achieved an impressive financial turnaround, improved its bond ratings, attained unprecedented philanthropy, expanded community benefit contributions and increased patient volume. During the past five years, UH has successfully executed its ambitious Vision 2010 strategic plan, a $1.2 billion investment to improve access to high-quality health care services across Northeast Ohio. Recent successes include implementing a fully functioning electronic medical record (EMR) at all UH-owned hospitals, with further expansion of the EMR now under way at UH outpatient sites and physician offices. The UH Seidman Cancer Center, a freestanding 150-bed cancer hospital located at the UH Case Medical Center campus, will open in spring 2011 offering comprehensive, cutting-edge cancer care. The UH Ahuja Medical Center, a state-of-the-art community health care facility on a 53-acre integrated medical campus in Beachwood, opened in early 2011.
Mr. Zenty will continue to lead the next phase of UH's strategic plan, called Delivering the UH Difference, over the next three years. This initiative will focus on delivering an extraordinary patient experience; providing access to innovative, high-quality care close to home; building an engaging culture for employees and physicians; and maintaining fiscal strength. This strategy aligns with the recently announced $1 billion community-wide initiative, Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals.
Prior to assuming leadership of UH, Mr. Zenty was Executive Vice President for Clinical Care Services and Chief Operating Officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles. He previously held leadership roles with health systems in Arizona, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Mr. Zenty earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Planning and Administration from Pennsylvania State University; a Master of Public Administration from New York University; and a Master of Health Administration from Xavier University. He completed Harvard University Business School Executive Education programs in Competition and Strategy, and Audit Committees in the New Era of Governance.
Throughout his career, Mr. Zenty has actively participated in many community-based organizations and national professional associations. He is currently serving a three-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and has been Board Chairman or a member of the association's Health Research Education Trust, Long-Range Policy Committee, and Regulatory Reform & Relief Task Force. He is, or has served as, a Board Member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the United Way of Northeast Ohio, the Urban League, BioEnterprise, Invest in Children, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and the Ohio Business Roundtable. He also is a member of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Council and served as Co-Chair of the Cleveland Foodbank Harvest for Hunger campaign.
Mr. Zenty has served on the boards of publicly traded and privately held corporations and has been acknowledged on numerous occasions for his community service contributions and professional accomplishments. His recent awards and recognitions include honorary membership in the Beta Sigma Gamma International Honor Society, induction into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame, being named to the Power 100 Leaders in Northeast Ohio for the past seven years, and receiving B'nai B'rith International's prestigious 2010 National Healthcare Award.