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OSU Health System Names Geier Interim CEO

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Peter Geier has been named interim chief executive of The Ohio State University Health System to succeed R. Reed Fraley, who is retiring in January.

Dr. Fred Sanfilippo, senior vice president for health sciences, dean of Ohio State’s College of Medicine and Public Health and CEO of the OSU Medical Center, has announced the appointment of Geier as interim CEO for the Health System and vice president for Health Services. Geier, currently senior associate vice president for Health Sciences business and administration, has served on the Medical Center’s leadership team since 2001 as chief operating officer.

As former president and chief operating officer with Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, Geier is familiar with leading a large, multifaceted service organization. “Pete’s experience, knowledge and ability to balance business skills with providing high-quality services is a basic necessity in today’s health care world,” said Sanfilippo.

“Having worked closely with our physicians on major projects such as the formation of our integrated faculty practice plan, OSU Physicians, and planning for the Ross Heart Hospital, Pete was the top recommended choice for the interim position by the physician and health system leadership. Although not a candidate for the permanent position, we are fortunate that Pete is able to step in while we conduct a comprehensive search,” he added.

Sanfilippo also announced that the search committee for the permanent position will be chaired by Dr. Chris Ellison, vice chair for clinical affairs and chair of the department of surgery, with the assistance of an executive search firm. Sanfilippo said the search will encompass several internal as well as external candidates. “We want to find a leader who can best help us in continuing to build on the success of the Health System and one who recognizes the role and potential of the Health System within the academic medical center,” said Sanfilippo.

Fraley has spent the last 14 years in charge of OSU’s Health System, which includes University Hospital, University Hospital East, The James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute, OSU Harding Hospital and a primary care network comprising more than 30 sites throughout central Ohio.

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