The outgoing top executive will remain in his post until a successor is appointed.
Steven M. Safyer, MD, president and CEO of Montefiore Medicine, which includes Montefiore Health System in New York City and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, announced Friday his plans to retire.
Safyer, who was appointed to the position in 2008 after serving as Montefiore's senior vice president and chief medical officer, told colleagues in a letter that he will continue to serve i nthe role until his successor is appointed.
"It has been an honor to dedicate my life's work to an organization that has given so much to so many," Safyer wrote in the letter, which was released to HealthLeaders. "My entire professional life has been at Montefiore and Einstein. Much has changed over the years, but there has been one constant throughout—from my medical school training at Einstein, followed by residency training at Montefiore, throughout progressive leadership positions, and now as President and CEO—I have worked with the very best physicians; scientists; nurses; social workers; managers; and care, support and facilities staff at every level of this organization."
"To my leadership team, and to all of you, who make us who we are: thank you," Safyer wrote.
"Since I became CEO, healthcare has undergone enormous changes," he wrote. "We have met these challenges by embracing new opportunities and expanding into four counties. This has nearly tripled: the number of hospitals in our system, the number of physicians aligned with us, the staff employed at our facilities, and the number of people whose care we actively manage."
"Montefiore is, and will remain, in a league of its own," he added. "We are united in our conviction that the best healthcare is a human right—not a privilege—and I know we will continue to lead the way here and across the nation."
Steven Porter is an associate content manager and Strategy editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.
The current president and CEO had previously served as chief medical officer.
In a letter to staff, the exec said healthcare is not a privilege but a human right.