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UC Health Announces New Board Chair

Apr. 26, 2021

CINCINNATI — UC Health announced today that Thomas Cassady has been elected chair of the UC Health Board of Directors.


Cassady is the chief executive officer of the Midwest Region of USI Insurance Services, LLC, where he has served for more than two decades. He was the founder of Queen City Insurance and sold that company to USI in 1999.

Tom previously served on the UC Health Board of Directors and was also a University of Cincinnati Board Trustee for nine years – including two years as chairman.

Additionally, he is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and was recently awarded an honorary degree of letters in appreciation of his board leadership. His additional board service includes Beech Acres Parenting Center, Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity, Milford Spiritual Center and Mount Notre Dame High School.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as the chair of the UC Health board of directors,” said Cassady. “UC Health plays a unique role in our region as the only adult academic health system. More than ever, our board is committed to supporting and encouraging the inspiring work of our clinicians and employees.”

Last December, UC Health board chair Sandra Heimann, former vice president of American Financial Group, stepped down from the board. Heimann had served for almost 12 years on the UC Health board and served on the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.

“Sandy’s leadership and dedication to our patients, families, clinicians and staff at UC Health is sincerely appreciated,” said Richard P. Lofgren, MD, UC Health president and CEO.

In April, vice-chair Jeff Wyler also concluded his service on the UC Health Board of Directors. “Jeff’s passion for the University of Cincinnati and UC Health are unwavering,” shares Lofgren, “We are thankful for his service.”

Incoming chair Tom Cassady also expressed his deep appreciation for Sandy and Jeff. “I recognize, and am most thankful, for how much they have done for the University of Cincinnati, UC Health and our greater community,” said Cassady.

Cassady’s chair term began on April 19, 2021.

The UC Health Board of Directors includes:

  • Thomas Cassady, Chair
  • Kerry Byrne
  • Phil Collins
  • Kristian Gatewood
  • Joanne Harris         
  • Karen Hoguet
  • Gary Johns
  • J. Carter McNabb
  • Thomas Mischell
  • Arthur Pancioli, MD
  • Gregory Rouan, MD

Ex-Officio Members: Andrew Filak, MD; Richard Lofgren, MD; Neville Pinto, Ph.D.