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UCSF BCH President Appointed

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that after a national search, Matthew Cook will be joining UCSF Health as president of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and senior vice president of Children’s Services, effective December 31.

Matt will be responsible for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, a $1.4 billion pediatric enterprise. He will oversee strategic direction, operations and clinical services for all pediatric services and will partner with academic programs. Matt will report directly to me and the Board of Directors of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. He will be a core member of the UCSF Health leadership team, and member of the UCSF Health Leadership Council, which shapes our strategic direction.

His appointment was enthusiastically recommended by the Board of Directors of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and on Tuesday, we received approval for his appointment from the UC Board of Regents.

Matt is a seasoned health care leader, with experience in operations and strategy and a history of working effectively with boards. Since 2016, he has been president of Riley Children’s Health and also chief strategy officer of Indiana University Health (IU Health) in Indianapolis, the largest health system in Indiana with over $7 billion in revenue, 17 hospitals and 40,000 employees.

At Riley Children’s Health, he has provided strategic direction and leadership for pediatric services throughout IU Health, as well as the maternity program based in downtown Indianapolis. He has direct leadership of the 314-bed Riley Hospital for Children and the 101-bed maternal and newborn health program at IU Methodist Hospital, along with the 39-bed pediatric program at IU Health North Hospital.

Under his leadership, Riley has had a particular focus on improving access to care for expectant mothers and reducing infant mortality. He also launched an alliance with the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the world’s largest children’s museum, to develop the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience, which provides positive physical experiences and education to children and families with the goal of developing healthy habits to reduce lifestyle associated diseases.

During his time as president, he increased physician engagement by 20 percent and successfully met their foundation’s five-year capital campaign. He also increased the hospital’s U.S. News and World Report rankings from four specialties in the top 20 to seven, including two in the top ten, in 2019, achieving the hospital’s best performance to date.

Matt previously was executive vice president for strategic planning and development of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Before that, he served for nine years as a principal at The Chartis Group, based in Chicago. Importantly, he also has a national perspective on children’s health and has been active with the Children’s Hospital Association in Washington, DC since 2013, serving on its public policy committee, and two steering committees.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, and a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Matt arrives with tremendous credentials at an exciting time in BCH’s evolution. There is a top-notch leadership team and board of directors in place, as well as a solid strategic plan. Key physician groups have been integrated into a unified faculty model. Collaboration with local communities has been strengthened, as have relationships with donors, who believe in the potential of BCH to become one of the preeminent children’s organizations in the country. BCH also has received increasingly high recognition for the quality of its care, including record high scores from U.S. News & World Report.

BCH is well-positioned to grow programs and services, improving access to high-quality care for more children in the Bay Area and beyond, and working toward our vision to build one of the best children's enterprises in the world.

Our goal was to recruit a president to take BCH to its next level, and thanks to our search committee co-chairs, Shahan Soghikian, chair of the Board of Directors of UCSF BCH, and Raphael Hirsch, MD, chair of the UCSF Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief, UCSF BCH, we believe we have identified a superb leader.

I also want to extend my deepest appreciation to Raphael, who has been serving as interim president, and to Jamie Phillips, BCH chief operating officer, who oversees all day-to-day operations.

Matt will join us in early 2021, and I hope you will welcome him to the Bay Area and especially to UCSF Health and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.


Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health


Corrected October 27, 2020