PITTSBURGH, December 20, 2007 Ketul J. Patel, a Chicago hospital executive, has been named vice president of operations for Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, hospital officials announced today. Mr. Patel, formerly senior vice president at St. James Hospital and Health Centers, will begin duties at Magee on Jan. 14. He succeeds Will Cook, who has joined UPMC's international and commercial services division.
We are very pleased to welcome a leader of such vision and capability to the Magee family, said Leslie C. Davis, Magee-Womens Hospital president and vice president for women's services at UPMC. Ketul Patel has extensive experience in health care administration and strategic planning, which should serve Magee well as the hospital continues to grow and provide patient-focused, high-quality care throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Prior to joining Magee, Mr. Patel was an executive with the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc., responsible for strategy formulation, physician relations and recruitment, marketing and communications, clinical service line development and new business services at two suburban Chicago hospital locations. He also has worked for Sharp HealthCare, San Diego; Conemaugh Health System, Johnstown, Pa.; and D.T. Watson Rehabilitation Services, Pittsburgh.
I look forward to returning to Pittsburgh and helping Magee to fulfill its mission, said Mr. Patel. Magee has long been known as the best hospital in Pittsburgh for women giving birth, but Magee has far more to offer in terms of cutting-edge science and care for all people, regardless of their age or gender.
At Magee, Mr. Patel will be responsible for overseeing imaging, surgical and cancer services, orthopaedics, bariatrics, gastrointestinal programs and other areas of program development.
Mr. Patel received a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 1997, a Master of Business Administration degree from the university's Katz School of Business in 1993, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Hospital Associations Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and the Leaders Board for Healthcare Strategy.