September 15, 2011

Posch Named to New Role as CEO of Adult Hospital, Clinics

by Paul Govern

David Posch, the seasoned chief executive officer of The Vanderbilt Clinic and executive director of Vanderbilt Medical Group, has been appointed to the new role of CEO, Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics.

He will assume the role in October, upon the departure of current hospital CEO Larry Goldberg, who, as announced last week, is leaving to run Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill.

In this new role, Posch will continue to report to C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.

“David is an energetic and creative leader who, to the benefit of our patients, continues to make truly remarkable contributions to the advancement of health care delivery at Vanderbilt. I’m very pleased to welcome him to this expanded role on our leadership team,” Pinson said.

“As a clinical enterprise, we know we’re only going to become more collaborative and more accountable for outcomes; patient care is truly to become a continuum. With this vision, and David’s talents in view, we’re taking this opportunity to further consolidate leadership for our inpatient and outpatient activities.”

Direct management responsibility for VUH and TVC has not been combined in a single leadership role since 1995.

Posch will appoint a chief operating officer for VUH pending a national executive search.

Meanwhile, VUH Chief of Staff Allen Kaiser, M.D., will serve in this role on an interim basis.

Posch arrived at Vanderbilt in 1999 as chief operating officer of VMG, having served in administrative roles at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans and at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

“David’s many accomplishments while leading our outpatient services speak volumes, and his resourcefulness and adaptability inspire complete confidence. I very much look forward to his contributions in this new role,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

Posch said Vanderbilt is uniquely positioned to solve fundamental problems in the delivery of health care.

“New processes must be created and current ones improved upon to safely and reliably coordinate care across the continuum of clinics, hospitals, and the home, while at the same time applying best scientific evidence and truly engaging patients and families in their care.

“I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to achieving this aim,” Posch said.

Posch holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a master’s in organizational development and analysis from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.