Friday, July 1, 2011 | 3:27 p.m.
University Medical Center's chief operating officer has been tapped to lead the hospital as its chief executive officer.
Brian Brannman, a former U.S. Navy rear admiral with more than 30 years of experience in the health care field, was appointed the hospital's CEO. Clark County Manager Don Burnette made the announcement in a county statement released Friday.
“Brian had an impressive resume when we hired him four years ago,” Burnette said. “Since that time, he has demonstrated professionalism and a deep knowledge of the medical field. He also has developed a thorough understanding of UMC and its operations and has shown himself to be a very capable and proven leader.”
Brannman, who has been UMC's COO since April 2008, replaces Kathy Silver, who is retiring.
Brannman was president and commanding officer of Navy Medicine West from 2005 through June 2007 and commanding officer of Naval Medical Center in San Diego during that same period.
Brannman has a master’s degree in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., a master’s degree in management/health care management from Webster College in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
“It has been a real privilege to serve as part of a great team at UMC for the past three years,” Brannman said. “We have made a lot of positive improvements in operations and the quality of care, and I look forward to continuing our journey toward becoming a world class academic medical center and the hospital of choice for all of our citizens.”
Brannman will oversee a hospital with a large budget shortfall that takes up 5.7 percent of the county’s $1.2 billion 2011 budget.