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Leadership Change Looms For University of Minnesota Physicians

CEO Daniels will not seek contract renewal.

Dr. Bobbi Daniels, CEO of University of Minnesota Physicians, has notified the group’s board that she will not seek to renew her contract when it expires next fall. Dr. Daniels, who is also vice dean of clinical affairs in the University of Minnesota Medical School, has been CEO of UMP since 2009. Her current contract expires on October 1, 2017.
 
News of Dr. Daniels’ decision was disclosed Tuesday in an internal email to UMP staff and others from Dr. Brooks Jackson, dean of the medical school, and Dr. Bevan Yueh, chair of the UMP board. The timing of a search for a new CEO will be determined by the UMP board and Dr. Jackson.
 
UMP was created in 1997 by the combination of 18 different practice groups. The group, which has more than 900 physicians, is an independent nonprofit. The organization has partnerships with the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services.
 
For example, the new $165 million Clinics & Surgery Center which opened in early 2016 is owned by University of Minnesota and leased to M Health, which is a partnership between UMP and Minneapolis-based Fairview.
 
The most recent financial information available online through the Minnesota Attorney General’s office details UMP’s revenue as $482.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015.
 
“Bobbi is a valued member of the medical school’s leadership team,” Dr. Jackson wrote in an internal email. “She is an important partner to me and others as we continue to work through very significant issues impacting our academic and clinical missions.” 
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