DALLAS-- Medical City Dallas Hospital announces the appointment of UL alumnus Keith Zimmerman to the role of senior vice president and chief development officer of Medical City and Medical City Children's Hospital, effective Jan. 10.

Zimmerman is currently the system vice president of business development for OhioHealth, a complex system of hospitals, ambulatory centers and surgery centers that account for nearly 2500 licensed beds and more than 2300 physicians in its network. During his tenure, Zimmerman led several multi-million dollar growth strategies including the approval and development of a free-standing emergency department and a comprehensive outpatient cardiovascular diagnostic center. He also led advanced process improvement initiatives, successfully restructuring and aligning physician services and systems to optimize organizational performance.

"Keith brings more than 19 years of expertise in strategic planning and business development to Medical City," said Erol Akdamar, president and CEO. "He has an outstanding reputation for charting the strategic course for health care organizations and executing the plan for service-line development. Keith's experience in relationship-building and collaboration positions Medical City for accelerated growth in this competitive health care environment and we look forward to continued success meeting the ever-changing needs of the communities we serve."

Prior to his role as system vice president for OhioHealth, Zimmerman served as the organization's vice president for physician partnerships for three years. Leading the strategic recommendations for growth, Zimmerman worked closely with large physician groups on major projects including acquisitions and joint ventures.

Zimmerman earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana, and holds an MBA in Health Care Management from Regis University in Denver. Keith and his wife, Kim, are parents of two young sons, Charlie and Zack.

About Medical City

Founded in 1974, Medical City is recognized for its state-of-the-art medical facilities and commitment to excellence in patient care. Located in Dallas, Texas, the hospital's medical team consists of more than 1,150 physicians, many of whom are recognized as the world's best in their specialties. Medical City is home to one of the nation's premier heart transplant and surgery centers, Medical City Heart, and the world-class pediatric hospital, Medical City Children's Hospital. The 660-bed comprehensive medical center also includes a breadth of nationally and internationally acclaimed specialty programs, including cardiovascular, craniofacial, bariatric, oncology and transplant services. Medical City is one of fewer than 300 medical centers nationwide to be granted the prestigious Magnet status for nursing excellence—the American Nurses Credentialing Center's highest honor. In 2009, Medical City was named as one of the top ten "Best Places to Work" in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine. Medical City is also one of only 15 hospitals nationwide to be named a "Hospital of Choice" for 2008-2009 by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. More information about Medical City is available here.

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