Greg Pivirotto, who has served as president and chief executive officer of University Medical Center since 1994, has announced plans to retire at the end of January.
Calling his decision "one of the most difficult I have ever made," Pivirotto described the people at the hospital as "my second family," calling them "the heart and soul of the institution. … Perhaps it is because of the obstacles we have overcome and the joys born of those struggles that UMC has been so much more than a job."
He has been with the hospital for 21 years. Pivirotto served as UMC's chief financial officer before rising to its top position.
"Over the past 21 years, UMC has grown from a relatively small hospital into the nationally honored, financially sound institution that it is today," Pivirotto said in a letter to employees. " It has taken hard work and dedication on the part of every one of us to accomplish this and I want to thank you for your help as well as for your friendship and support. Together we have had the great privilege of seeing UMC develop into an institution of the utmost integrity, compassion, and quality."
UMC is a non-profit hospital at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. It has a top-level trauma treatment designation.
Kevin Burns, the hospital's current chief financial officer, has been tapped to succeed Pivirotto.