In the midst of ongoing, contentious negotiations with Kansas University Medical Center, KU Hospital president and CEO Irene Cumming announced Monday that she is resigning effective in July.
Cumming, who has been in her current post since 1996, will be president and chief executive officer of the University HealthSystem Consortium, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based organization that represents nonprofit academic medical centers. She will assume the new post July 2.
"This is a natural step for me," Cumming said in a released statement. "For more than two decades, I have worked with academic medical centers to achieve success."
KU Hospital and KUMC are in negotiations for an agreement that will shape the hospital and the medical center's future as it affiliates with St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
A successor to Cumming has yet to be announced.