January 24, 2003

UCSD Names New Medical Center CEO

Richard J. Liekweg

Richard J. Liekweg, 42, has been named CEO of the UCSD (University of California, San Diego) Medical Center. Currently Chief Executive Officer of the Durham Regional Hospital, part of the Duke University Health System in North Carolina, Liekweg was featured as one of Modern Healthcare's "Up and Comers" in hospital administration in 2001. He will begin in his UCSD position March 24.

"I am thrilled that Rich Liekweg will be joining the UCSD Healthcare system. He is a talented and creative administrator who builds strong relationships with physicians and staff. He's also a proven leader who understands the special mission of the academic medical center," said UCSD Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Edward W. Holmes. "We are all impressed with his commitment to quality patient care, and to creating a hospital environment where advanced medicine, leading edge research, education and training can take place."

"UCSD Medical Center is a superb university health system that serves its community and provides national leadership in education, research and patient care," said Liekweg. "I am excited about joining the Medical Center and look forward to working with the UCSD Healthcare team to develop new strategies for the delivery of exceptional care and high quality service to our patients and the greater community."

UCSD Medical Center encompasses two hospitals with a combined total of 533 licensed beds, an operating budget of $428 million, over 21,000 patient discharges and over 58,000 emergency room visits annually. As the hospital system operated by UCSD Health Sciences, clinical programs include general medical and surgical services; specialized regional services such as San Diego's only Level 1 Trauma Center and the Regional Burn Center; and highly specialized units and programs such as organ and tissue transplantation, cancer care, high risk pregnancy management and neonatal intensive care, an NIH designated General Clinical Research Center, and inpatient child, adolescent and adult psychiatric services. The UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and UCSD's Thornton Hospital in La Jolla serve a spectrum of patients, including 42 percent of the County's uninsured population.

Liekweg earned master's degrees in both business administration and public health administration from the University of Michigan prior to joining the Duke Health system as an administrative fellow. He advanced within the Duke system, ultimately serving as Senior Associate Chief Operating Officer of Duke University Hospital before moving to the Durham Regional Hospital as Chief Operating Officer, and then CEO.

His recruitment fills the position vacated with the retirement of Sumiyo Kastelic, who had served as CEO since 1997 after a long career at UCSD Medical Center. David Sakai, Chief Financial Officer of UCSD Health Sciences, is interim CEO.

Liekweg is married and has a three-year-old daughter.

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