Dr. Richard Lofgren departs UC Health for OU Health in Oklahoma - freetxp

Dr. Richard Lofgren departs UC Health for OU Health in Oklahoma

Dr.  Richard Lofgren, UC Health CEO, speaks at a press conference on Thursday, April 16, 2020, inside Duke Energy Convention Center announcing that it is set up to serve as an alternate medical care site in Cincinnati.

Dr. Richard Lofgren faced a daunting task when he arrived in Cincinnati in 2013.

UC Health, still in its infancy after splitting from the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati to become its own entity just a few years prior, sought to transform itself from a teetering health system once on the brink of bankruptcy into a sustainable major academic referral center.

Lofgren, the second-ever president and chief executive officer of UC Health, a position he held for eight years, departed Cincinnati Friday confident he helped make that vision a reality for the academic health system.

Now, he aspires to complete that same mission elsewhere.

On Monday, the 67-year-old takes over as the first president and chief executive officer of the newly-created OU Health, a merger of the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Health Authority and Trust. It’s a new challenge he plans to make the capstone of a career he strategically designed around building academic health institutions.

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