Newswise — CLEVELAND -- University Hospitals has announced the appointment of Eric H. Beck, DO, MPH, to the position of President of UH Ventures, effective Jan. 22.
Dr. Beck is a seasoned healthcare executive who has been recruited to build new businesses and expand a pipeline of initiatives consistent with UH’s overall strategy.
UH Ventures was launched last year to develop innovative new business models leveraging existing UH capabilities to benefit patients and develop new revenue for the UH health system.
UH Ventures’ first enterprise was Specialty Pharmacy, which UH started to provide patients with complex diseases quicker access to costly medications.
Dr. Beck will collaborate with UH leaders to accelerate system growth through new business endeavors and expansion of existing programs. He will identify and evaluate new opportunities through acquisition, joint ventures and other arrangements to further UH’s strategic plan, while managing a portfolio of assets to maximize growth.
Dr. Beck has a solid track record of business innovation and success. He comes to UH from the University of North Texas Health Science Center where he has been serving as President and CEO for the UNT Health clinical enterprise, as well as Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Previously, Dr. Beck was a senior executive with Envision Healthcare, a national publicly traded healthcare services organization headquartered in Denver, where he served both as Chief Executive Officer for Integrated Delivery and as President and CEO of the Evolution Health division. His achievements include optimizing the Envision health system’s and managed care delivery model’s transition to value-based reimbursement, and launching national post-acute joint ventures and a bundled payment initiative that exceeded revenue growth expectations.
Prior to Envision Healthcare, Dr. Beck was Medical Director for EMS operations for the City of Chicago and physician faculty at the University of Chicago. Dr. Beck began his professional career training in the UH system as a paramedic and also served as firefighter/paramedic with both the Russell Township and Willoughby Hills Fire Departments.
He earned his bachelor of science degree at John Carroll University and doctor of osteopathic medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his emergency medicine training and chief residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, his EMS Fellowship with the Chicago Fire Department and earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Management for Populations at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. He is active in professional associations, serves on several boards and has maintained part-time clinical practice, attending in the emergency department at University of Chicago Medicine.
Dr. Beck has been recognized widely for his clinical and administrative accomplishments. Last year he was named among the Top 10 Up and Coming Industry Leaders in Managed Care by Managed Healthcare Executive. In 2016, he was one of 12 recipients of Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers Award, awarded annually to rising leaders under the age of 40.
About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with 26,000 employees. Follow UH on Facebook @UniversityHospitals and Twitter @UHhospitals.For more information, go to UHhospitals.org.