OHSU Appoints New Executive Director of Hospitals and Clinics

02/11/02    Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University has appointed a new executive director of OHSU Hospitals and Clinics, effective April 1. Peter Rapp, M.H.A., comes to Oregon's only academic medical center from Fairview Hospital and Healthcare Services in Minneapolis, Minn , where he was senior vice president for Regional Care Systems and Continuum Operations.

Rapp says getting to know his colleagues, both personally and professionally, building relationships and supporting the "human" culture at OHSU are his first priorities. "In the first few weeks and months I'll be walking the corridors, talking to people and finding out what concerns and motivates them," Rapp said.

"Peter Rapp is a highly qualified individual who will provide exceptional leadership and guidance to OHSU Hospitals and Clinics," said OHSU President Peter Kohler, M.D. "We look forward to his arrival as we move forward with our plans for continued success as a leading university in the nation."

Rapp will report to Michael Geheb, M.D., senior vice president for clinical programs at OHSU. Patricia Southard, R.N., M.P.H., has served as interim hospital director since Tim Goldfarb left the position last August.

In addition to team building within OHSU's hospitals and clinics, Rapp will be responsible for cultivating relationships with community leaders, other health care providers, insurers and public agencies throughout the state. He also will be responsible for managing and directing financial issues and opportunities relative to the hospitals and clinics, including further development and implementation of the strategic initiatives outlined in OHSU's master plan.

"I'm impressed with the fact that, despite financial stresses, OHSU's commitment to the quality side of health care remains paramount, and the quality of leadership and collaborative attitude of the management team, along with the relationships this teams has built with people around the state, are all very strong," Rapp said.

Rapp was instrumental in handling the merger of the University of Minnesota Health System and Fairview Healthcare System in 1997. The combined system includes a combined academic medical center, as well as four outlying community hospitals with 50 to 200 beds, a 20-store retail pharmacy, and home care and sports rehabilitation services.

Rapp holds a master's degree in hospital and health administration from the Northwestern University Graduate School of Management.