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Elizabeth Concordia

President and Chief Executive Officer

UC Health

Elizabeth B. Concordia serves as president and chief executive officer of UCHealth.  UCHealth is a nationally recognized health system comprised of leading community hospitals and the region’s only academic medical center with a workforce of more than 16,000 employees. Ms. Concordia joined UCHealth in September 2014 and provides strategic direction to ensure the organization fulfills its mission of improving lives. Her leadership has leveraged important system attributes to promote continued clinical, operational and financial success.

UCHealth includes five Colorado hospitals with over 1,500 inpatient beds and more than 100 clinics in Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. UCHealth is currently building four new hospitals to better serve patients by providing advanced care close to home. With University of Colorado Hospital as its academic anchor, UCHealth is uniquely able to provide its patients access to clinical trials, nationally recognized research and advanced treatments and techniques.

UCHealth accomplishments include:

  • UCHealth is home to three of the six acute-care adult hospitals in Colorado to have received Magnet® designation for nursing excellence: Poudre Valley Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital have four consecutive Magnet designations, and Medical Center of the Rockies has two consecutive Magnet designations.
  •  U.S. News and World Report ranks University of Colorado Hospital #1 in the state and among the nation’s best in 11 specialties. All UCHealth hospitals are ranked among Colorado’s top 10 hospitals including Memorial Hospital as #4.
  •  University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) named University of Colorado Hospital as the #6 highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for delivering quality health care.
  •  UCHealth is the first in Colorado and third in the U.S. to launch a Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit.
  • UCHealth has seen a 17% growth rate in admissions and observation visits and a 20% growth rate in outpatient visits since FY14 and cares for more than one million unique patients each year. 

Under Ms. Concordia’s leadership, UCHealth is focused on improving access, convenience and service to its patients and assuring them effective, efficient and compassionate care. UCHealth is leveraging its academic and community resources to develop new models of care and to engage in the management of population health. 

Before joining UCHealth, Ms. Concordia served as executive vice president for UPMC and president of its Hospital and Community Services Division where she guided the strategic direction, clinical operations and financial success of the larger system, while leading patient care operations for the system’s 20 hospitals and 17 senior community facilities. In previous positions, she was the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as an associate director at the Montefiore Medical Center’s Jack D. Weiler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College Of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York, and a manager and senior consultant for Ernst & Young in Washington, DC.

Ms. Concordia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and German from Duke University and a Master of Administrative Science Management from Johns Hopkins University.