June 26, 2009

Urmy returns to oversee Vanderbilt Health Services

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Norman Urmy

Urmy returns to oversee Vanderbilt Health Services

Norman Urmy, a longtime fixture on Vanderbilt Medical Center's leadership team before retiring two years ago, is returning to oversee the institution's network of health care-related businesses.

Urmy was recently named vice president for Vanderbilt Health Services, the division within the Medical Center that holds Vanderbilt's interests in certain wholly owned and joint-venture health care businesses.

These companies support the academic enterprise and enhance the continuum of VMC services. Among the 13 principal businesses are ambulatory surgery centers, radiation oncology centers, radiology imaging centers, home care services, McKendree Village, Friends of Global Health and certain physician practices.

“We are very grateful to Norman for being willing to bring his enormous skill set to bear on this important position,” said C. Wright Pinson, M.D., M.B.A., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs, CEO of the Hospitals and Clinics and senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs.

“Norman's commitment to Vanderbilt Medical Center is exceptional, and his track record in policy, procedure and execution as well as knowledge of the Medical Center for the past 27 years speaks for itself.”

Urmy came to Vanderbilt in 1982 as director of Vanderbilt University Hospital and stepped down as executive vice president for Clinical Affairs in 2006. He stayed on in a special role focusing on strategic initiatives before retiring in summer 2007.

“It's a bit of a surprise being back at Vanderbilt, but a pleasant one,” Urmy said. “I'm going to enjoy focusing on the VHS companies, something I was unable to do in my previous roles, and hope I can bring some added value to them.”