The following message was sent to Ohio State faculty and staff on Thursday, September 9, 2021.
Dear Ohio State Community:
The doctors, nurses, support staff and researchers of our university’s Wexner Medical Center are recognized worldwide for excellence in clinical care, education and discovery – saving and improving the lives of people in the many communities we serve.
The work of these Buckeyes is vital to all of us, and we are committed to accelerating the tremendous momentum in the scope and reach of services provided by our medical center. To continue to pursue the ambitious goals we have set, I am pleased to share that I am appointing Mr. Mark Larmore, chief financial officer of the medical center and vice president of health sciences, and Dr. Andrew Thomas, chief clinical officer and senior associate vice president of health sciences, to serve as the Wexner Medical Center’s interim co-leaders while we launch a search for the next permanent leader. Effective immediately, Mr. Larmore will focus on operations and finance while Dr. Thomas will take the lead on clinical affairs and external relations. Each will report directly to me and serve on my President’s Cabinet.
Mr. Larmore is a seasoned health care executive who has overseen the medical center’s $4.4 billion budget since 2015. He is responsible for strategic financial planning for our hospitals and clinics, the College of Medicine, the Faculty Group Practice and all affiliated programs. His stewardship of the medical center’s finances has allowed us to expand operations and embark upon the largest building project ever undertaken by the university, the $1.79 billion, 820-bed inpatient hospital, as well as the New Albany and West Campus Outpatient Care Centers and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Center. He has played a key role in the development of the medical center’s leadership team.
Dr. “Andy” Thomas is well known on our campuses and across Ohio. A native of Louisville, Ohio, he has been a strong and consistent leader within our medical enterprise and university for two decades, attending medical school at Ohio State and completing his residency here before serving in a number of leadership roles (and earning an MBA from Fisher College of Business). Dr. Thomas brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the medical center’s people and vision for growth. He has also been at the forefront of the university and state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, working closely with our team, as well as city, state and federal officials.
I can think of no better leaders to help guide our medical center during this transition period. Their co-leadership roles will begin immediately to ensure continuity as Dr. Harold L. Paz transitions to his new role at Stony Brook University. We will launch a national search soon. Once again, our thanks go to Dr. Paz for his service over the last two years and his assistance throughout this transition. As I said in my previous message, it is an exciting time at our medical center. Together, we are setting the path for a brighter future.
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD