CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UHC announces the appointment of Scott Glasrud as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective May 1, 2012. Glasrud has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry and spent the last 15 years as the chief financial officer at The University of Kansas Hospital. During the last half of his tenure there, Glasrud also had overall responsibility for strategy and business development.
Glasrud's responsibilities at UHC will include oversight of operations and all business units, including the organization's programs and initiatives focused on performance improvement, supply chain, strategy research, public policy and networking. He will also lead business development, which includes determining how UHC can best meet members' needs and help them demonstrate leadership in the delivery of health care services. He will report to UHC's president and chief executive officer, Irene Thompson.
"Scott is a proven leader and visionary in the health care industry, and we are delighted to welcome him to UHC," said Thompson. "With his strategic and financial acumen, Scott will be an asset to an already strong senior team at UHC. He brings the depth of experience and collaborative leadership skills needed to help UHC continue to deliver the highest value to members and remain focused on members' most pressing needs now and in the future."
Commenting on his new post, Glasrud said, "My 15 years of working within such a prestigious academic medical center have been very rewarding. With that experience, I am now looking forward to a new role where I can benefit and support more than 100 of the nation's leading academic medical centers and help them optimize their performance and achieve their important missions in very challenging times. I understand the unique issues facing health care providers today, and I am thrilled to join UHC and become a part of the heritage of performance excellence and collaboration that the organization has established."
Prior to joining The University of Kansas Hospital, Glasrud held leadership positions at Mercy Health Services in Des Moines, Iowa, Ernst & Young, and Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He has served on several boards, including REACH Healthcare Foundation and the Audit Committee of the American Heart Association. He received a bachelor of science in zoology and a master of science in business, health care fiscal management, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
UHC is an alliance of the nation's leading nonprofit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. Based in Chicago, Ill, UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 115 academic medical center and 259 affiliated hospital members through its renowned programs and services in the areas of comparative data and analytics, performance improvement, supply chain management, strategic research, and public policy. UHC helps its members achieve excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Formed in 1984, UHC's membership includes more than 90% of the nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States. For more information, visit uhc.edu.