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UMC chief Kathy Silver to resign from post July 1

Updated Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 5:56 p.m.

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Kathy Silver

University Medical Center CEO Kathy Silver announced Wednesday that her last day will be July 1.

"After much consideration and reflection on my last ten years at UMC, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to retire," she wrote in her resignation letter. "I have enjoyed working with all of you and have much respect for your skill, expertise and passion for taking care of our patients who truly depend on us."

Sun columnist Jon Ralston first reported her resignation Wednesday afternoon. Ralston said at least two county commissioners, Chris Giunchigliani and Lawrence Weekly, had wanted her out.

Silver has survived several controversies at UMC during her tenure.

The hospital faces a large budget shortfall and takes up 5.7 percent of the county’s $1.2 billion 2011 budget.

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Text of Silver's resignation letter:

After much consideration and reflection on my last ten years at UMC, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to retire.  I have enjoyed working with all of you and have much respect for your skill, expertise and passion for taking care of our patients who truly depend on us.

It is my desire to see UMC emerge from these challenging times and become a true academic medical center, which I know it can.

July 1st, 2011 will be my last day.

I wish all of you the best in your future endeavors, and will be watching with great pride each time UMC shines in our community.

Thank you for your support throughout the years.

Kathy Silver

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