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Rochester Community Mourns the Death of Arthur "Fritz" Liebert

August 28, 2012

Arthur "Fritz" LiebertRochester General Health System sadly announces the passing of the former president and Chief Executive Officer of Rochester General Hospital, Arthur “Fritz” Liebert.

Mark C. Clement, president and CEO of Rochester General Health System has released the following statement: 

“I am saddened to share the passing of Arthur “Fritz” Liebert, an icon within the RGHS community, a true leader in our region, and an inspiring voice for change in national healthcare.  Fritz was a lead architect of the long but deliberate journey that transformed us from a respected community hospital to the regional health system that we are today.  In fact, our national leadership in healthcare innovation owes much to his vision, guidance and determination.

As many of you know, Fritz’s leadership of our system spanned four decades – in a variety of roles, and through times of remarkable change.  In the 1980s, he led the development of a Hospital Experimental Payment program that successfully paved the way for revolutionary payment and operations models that are now considered the norm.  He came out of retirement in the late 1990s to lead the health system during a challenging time.  And above all else he put people first – both in his inspiring dedication to hospital staff, and his extraordinary compassion for patients.  The modern RGHS approach to long-term care is due in large part to his passionate development of senior-care programs that aimed to provide unique and invaluable assistance to that vulnerable patient population.

Even after formally retiring, he remained active within our community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Rochester General Hospital Foundation, the Board of Governors of Hillside Family of Agencies, and the Institute of Fellows at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Since joining RGHS in 2006, I have had the privilege of knowing Fritz and his wife, Jean.  I learned a great deal from him about the history of our system, and how its proud past is shaping our bright future.  Fritz will be missed; I know you join me in keeping Fritz, Jean, and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”