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UMMC President Rivest to retire

The president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center will retire at the end of August.

Jeffrey A. Rivest, who has been president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center since 2004, will resign at the end of August. (Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland Medical System)

Jeffrey A. Rivest, who has been president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center since 2004, will resign at the end of August. (Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland Medical System)

Jeffery A. Rivest has led the hospital since 2004. John Ashworth, the University of Maryland Medical System’s senior vice president for network development, will serve as interim president and CEO starting Aug. 29, according to a statement from the health system.

“Now is the right time for me to pursue many personal interests I have deferred for far too long,” Rivest said in a statement. “UMMC and UMMS are very well-positioned to deal with the many challenges facing the health care field today.”

Ashworth is a former president and CEO of the medical center as well as a former director of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The search committee for a permanent president and CEO will include representatives from the boards of both UMMS and UMMC as well as the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Rivest will stay on as an adviser during the interim.

“I want to thank Jeff for his outstanding contributions over the last 11 years,” Robert A. Chrencik, president and CEO of UMMS, said in a statement. “Under Jeff’s leadership, [UMMC] has continued to see its profile rise as one of our nation’s best academic medical centers.”