UC Health Names Robert J. Wiehe as Chief Administrative Officer of UC Medical Center

CINCINNATI (Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020) — UC Health, Greater Cincinnati’s academic healthcare system, has named Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain & Logistics Officer Robert J. Wiehe, MBA, CMRP, as chief administrative officer of University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

“Rob’s operational experience across a variety of industries and his proven leadership in process improvement will serve him well in this role at UC Medical Center,” explains UC Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pete Gilbert. “His ability to bring together great teams is one of the hallmarks of Rob’s career success.”

Wiehe will oversee the operations of UC Medical Center, home to Greater Cincinnati’s only Level 1 trauma center and only comprehensive organ transplant program. One of Cincinnati’s largest hospitals, UC Medical Center has 724 licensed beds, nearly 6,000 clinicians and employees, and sees more than 850,000 patients each year.

Opening in 1823 as the country’s first teaching hospital, UC Medical Center is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has been home to many medical firsts, including: the first FDA-approved prescription antihistamine, Benadryl; the oral polio vaccine; the country’s first training program for emergency medicine physicians; and development of the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the first FDA-approved treatment for stroke.

“I am honored to join the leadership of UC Medical Center,” said Wiehe. “This incredible hospital has the best and brightest employees and physicians caring for patients, researching new treatments and cures, and teaching the next generation of clinicians. I look forward to working with the entire UC Medical Center team to continue and build upon their great success.”

Wiehe has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain & Logistics Officer for UC Health since 2015. He manages strategy and oversight for sourcing, acquiring and distributing all supplies and capital equipment within a health system that spends $338 million annually on goods and services. Recently, he was asked to testify before the United States Senate about his experience with garnering personal protective equipment for UC Health employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wiehe will continue in this role.

Wiehe also oversees sterile processing, clinical engineering and the health system’s project management office, and most recently served as the operations and logistics lead on a task force to improve operating room utilization and expand capacity across the health system.

A Cincinnati native, Wiehe received a bachelor of science in manufacturing engineering from Miami University in Oxford, Oh. and a master’s in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Wiehe began his career in the automotive industry as a project engineer and advanced through various leadership positions in the consumer goods industry, primarily focused on operations management and supply chain. He is certified in change management and is a six sigma lean black belt.

Over the course of his career, Wiehe has managed global supply chains and numerous manufacturing facilities, serving as a supplier to companies such as Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart. He has served on national boards of directors in the industry, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Miami University, where he teaches operations and supply chain management.

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