January 29, 2015

Pete GeierCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Peter E. Geier, chief operating officer of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and CEO of The Ohio State University Health System, will step down Dec. 1, the medical center announced today. Geier said his resignation will allow him to devote time to outside boards, consulting and teaching.

“It has been an honor to serve this university,” Geier said. “I have accomplished everything I set out to do. Stepping down from my positions at Ohio State is something I have contemplated for some time, and the time is now right, as the medical center is on solid financial ground and our quality and safety are among the best in the country.”

The medical center recruited Geier in 2001 to help improve its operating efficiency and financial operations. He has served as CEO of the University Health System since 2003.

“Pete’s tireless work during the past 14 years has strongly positioned the medical center to meet the many changes in health care, especially financial,” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, Ohio State’s senior vice president for Health Sciences and the medical center’s CEO. “His business acumen and deep understanding of our research and teaching mission have been critical to our success.”

Geier has already been working with Dr. Sheldon Retchin, the University’s new executive vice president and CEO of Wexner Medical Center, and will continue to work closely with him during his first year at Ohio State. Retchin starts his new position March 1.