Fred C. Rothstein, MD, President of University Hospitals Case Medical Center, to retire at end of year

President since 2003, his career spans nearly four decades of leadership and commitment to patient care, research and teaching leadership

Aug 13, 2015, 15:49 ET from University Hospitals Case Medical Center

CLEVELAND, Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred C. Rothstein, MD, has announced that he will retire as President of University Hospitals Case Medical Center at the end of this year, culminating nearly four decades of leadership and commitment to patient care, research and teaching.

"Dr. Rothstein will leave a legacy as a humble, yet immensely influential leader whose impact radiates throughout our growing system and Northeast Ohio," said Thomas F. Zenty III, Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals. "In an era of unprecedented change in health care, he has been a steadying force. His guidance has helped keep UH agile enough to adapt, and visionary enough to lead."

Under Dr. Rothstein's leadership, UH Case Medical Center has strengthened its stature among the nation's leading institutions for advanced care and academic medicine. He helped attract top physician-scientists, clinicians, educators and leaders. As an administrator, he earned a reputation as an outstanding judge of talent.  As a mentor and leader, he inspires loyalty and gets excellent results in a very complex and decentralized environment. As a clinician, Dr. Rothstein exemplifies the compassionate, patient-centered care for which UH is so widely known. He has been a unifying force for integration, supporting the UH health system's growth around a strong academic medical campus, according to Mr. Zenty.

Dr. Rothstein has been President of UH Case Medical Center since 2003, leading the academic medical center through the most successful period in its history. Under Dr. Rothstein, UH Case Medical Center has earned unprecedented national acclaim. It was the first large academic medical center in the country to receive the coveted American Hospital Association – McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, as well as achieving Nursing Magnet status, and was only one of two hospitals in the country to receive Beacon Awards for all intensive care units.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Rothstein oversaw the transformation of UH Case Medical Center's main campus with the addition of UH Seidman Cancer Center, the Center for Emergency Medicine, and the Quentin & Elisabeth Alexander Neonatal ICU at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. He has been a tireless advocate on behalf of UH's Discover the Difference campaign, helping inspire unprecedented support from his many friends and patients.  The Discover the Difference campaign for UH raised $1.3 billion from more than 70,000 supporters. In addition, the residency and fellowship programs have gained stronger national reputations.

His previous administrative leadership at UH included roles as Senior Vice President of Clinical Integration and Chair of University Hospitals Medical Group Board. He served as Acting President & Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals Health System in 2002-03, during which time he crafted the 50-year affiliation agreement with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. 

Earlier in his career, Dr. Rothstein was Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. He continued to practice as a pediatric gastroenterologist and to serve as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine until this year.

Dr. Rothstein has been recognized with many awards, but he believes his greatest accomplishment and honor was to serve as President at the academic medical center in the hospital where he began his career in pediatrics in 1976. 

Dr. Rothstein, a native Clevelander, is a graduate of Beachwood High School, Miami (Ohio) University and Chicago Medical School University Health Sciences/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

"I'd like to thank Dr. Rothstein for his outstanding leadership, contributions to our organization and service to our mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover," said Mr. Zenty.

About University Hospitals
University Hospitals, the second largest employer in Northeast Ohio with 26,000 employees, serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 16 hospitals, more than 30 outpatient health centers and primary care physician offices in 15 counties. At the core of our $3.5 billion health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center, ranked among America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in nine methodology-ranked specialties. The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopaedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. For more information, go to www.UHhospitals.org

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