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UPMC Hamot President Jim Fiorenzo Announces Retirement

David Gibbons Will Become New UPMC Hamot President

ERIE, Pa., Jan. 31, 2017UPMC Hamot President Jim Fiorenzo today announced that he will retire this summer after 42 years of service to the hospital. David Gibbons, executive vice president and chief operating officer at UPMC Hamot since 2012, will step into the role of president on March 1. Fiorenzo will assist in the executive transition until his retirement on June 30.
“Jim has been an outstanding leader, a dedicated professional and an advocate for our community throughout his entire career at Hamot,” said UPMC Hamot Board Chair Tom Tupitza. “His tireless work to expand access to quality health care for the residents of our region has greatly contributed to the rapid advancement and growth of services available at UPMC Hamot and in the community.” Fiorenzo became president in 2012, upon former president John Malone’s retirement. 
During Fiorenzo’s presidency, patient volumes at UPMC Hamot have reached all-time highs as the hospital continues to advance and thrive as a tertiary care center, keeping specialty care close to home. Fiorenzo has led UPMC Hamot on a number of major projects and initiatives including:
• Recruiting dozens of new physicians and clinical specialists, including those in women’s health, neurosurgery, pediatrics, behavioral health, pain management and critical care, as well as primary care.
• The planning, construction and opening of the state-of-the-art Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot.
• The successful integration of WCA Hospital, now known as UPMC Chautauqua WCA, in Jamestown, N.Y., into the UPMC network.
• The clinical and management affiliation of Kane Community Hospital.
• The affiliation of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health.
• $153 million in improvements to the hospital’s clinical facilities, physical plant, technology and infrastructure to improve patient care, including the construction of the Bayview Centre and the new patient lobby and healing garden.
• More than $25 million annually in IRS-defined community benefits, including charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor, community health programs and donations, and medical research and education.
“Jim has remarkably helped build a strong local executive and clinical leadership team in collaboration with UPMC’s corporate leadership team. We are thrilled in knowing the seamless transition to David’s presidency will enable Hamot to continue thriving and expanding care for the Erie region while supporting UPMC’s ongoing mission of providing more care to more people in their local communities,” said Leslie Davis, UPMC senior vice president, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC Health Services Division.
A part of Fiorenzo’s leadership team since 2012, Gibbons has had executive oversight of the majority of Hamot’s clinical service lines and has cultivated numerous business and community partnerships to enhance patient care. Beginning in 2009, Gibbons also has served in the role as president of UPMC Northwest in Venango County. 
Gibbons was instrumental in establishing Hamot’s comprehensive kidney transplant program, the only transplant program in the region and the only UPMC transplant program in the U.S. outside of Pittsburgh. He has overseen the expansion of OB/GYN services with the opening of the Magee-Womens Specialty Center; the planned construction of a new $111 million patient tower to be completed in 2020; and under his guidance, UPMC Hamot became the only hospital in the region to achieve Magnet® designation, the highest and most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence.
Prior to joining UPMC, Gibbons was the chief operating officer at Kennedy Health System in Voorhees, N.J. Before that, he served as director of managed care for the Visiting Nurses Association of Greater Philadelphia; regional director of operations, marketing and finance for Oncology Services Inc.; and director of oncology programs for U.S. Healthcare in Blue Bell, Pa.
Gibbons holds an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clarion University, as well as a master’s degree in health administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Fiorenzo began his career at UPMC Hamot as a staff pharmacist in 1975. Before becoming UPMC Hamot’s president in 2012, Fiorenzo had served in various roles, including chief operating officer, senior vice president of Strategic and Support Services, president of Regional Health Services, president of Great Lakes Home Healthcare Services, Bayside Pharmacy and Physician Supply, and associate director of Pharmacy and Drug Information Services. Actively involved in the community, he will continue to serve on the boards of Boys & Girls Club of Erie, and Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership.

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