City of Hope, a leading cancer hospital and medical research center, has tapped one of its veteran leaders to take over as chief executive in January.
Dr. Michael Friedman, 69, said he plans to retire as CEO at year's end after 10 years at the helm. Robert Stone, 44, currently City of Hope's president and an executive there since 1996, will take the top job in January.
The prestigious medical center has been a fixture in the San Gabriel Valley for the last century. City of Hope, based in Duarte, is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers nationwide.
During Friedman's tenure, City of Hope said the number of patients treated annually rose 51% to more than 23,000. For the year ending Sept. 30, 2011, according to state data, the nonprofit medical center reported $1.75 billion in gross patient revenue.