Stein Reappointed for Second Term as Medical Center and Strong Health CEO

June 20, 2000

The Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester has voted unanimously to reappoint Jay H. Stein, M.D., to a second five-year term as senior vice president and vice provost for Health Affairs and chief executive officer of the Medical Center and Strong Health. His new appointment will be effective August 1, 2000.

In the five years since he was chosen from a nationwide pool of candidates to lead the Medical Center and Strong Health, Stein has guided the continued development of the of the organization in the areas of health care, medical research, and the education of physicians, nurses, and scientists.

Shortly after his appointment in August 1995 Stein led the formation of Strong Health, and he has since fostered its growth into the region's most successful and most financially sound health care system. Strong Health today includes Strong Memorial Hospital, Children's Hospital at Strong, Highland Hospital, Visiting Nurse Service, Strong Home Care, the Eastman Dental Center, and four long-term care and senior housing facilities. In addition, Strong Health has established contractual affiliations with St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, and has established 60 specialty clinics in communities throughout the upstate region.

While expanding the University's clinical programs, Stein also has been the architect of a 10-year, $550-million initiative to re-establish the Medical Center as one of the world's premier medical research institutions. Under his guidance the Medical Center built the Arthur Kornberg Medical Research building, which opened last fall, and began construction today on a second research facility. Combined, the two facilities will house more than 100 scientists and 500 technicians and support personnel who will conduct research in areas ranging from childhood cancer to Alzheimer's disease. The expanded research effort is expected to lift the University of Rochester to a place among the nation's top 15 medical schools in federally-sponsored medical research. Stein is credited with building unprecedented public support for the initiative, leading a fundraising effort that raised $35 million in just two and one-half years, including $7 million in funding from state and federal government.

"The Medical Center's research program has been broadened and strengthened by the initiatives guided by Dr. Stein," said University of Rochester President Thomas H. Jackson. "We're happy to see the next phase of this initiative implemented as Dr. Stein's new term as head of the Medical Center begins."

Before his appointment at the University of Rochester Stein had served as senior vice president and provost of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He had previously been chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine and as president of the Association of Professors of Medicine, the American Society of Nephrology, and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation.

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