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UCLA hospital chief leaving for Pennsylvania health system

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The chief executive of UCLA's hospital system is stepping down to take a similar position with Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.

The hospitals said Monday that Dr. David Feinberg will become the president and chief executive of Geisinger on May 1.

Feinberg's departure comes as the University of California, Los Angeles, deals with an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria found in specialized endoscopes that go down a patient's throat to check the liver and pancreas. Seven patients have been exposed to the germ known as CRE, including two who died. UCLA says it followed proper cleaning procedures and is performing a more stringent disinfection process in the wake of the outbreak.

Feinberg will become the sixth leader of Geisinger, which serves more than 3 million residents in 48 counties.