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UC Irvine Medical Center Chief Executive Terry Belmont said today that plans to retire from the post on June 30.

Belmont served as the 411-bed teaching hospital’s chief executive for six years. He succeeded Maureen Zehntner on an interim basis in 2009 and was elevated to the permanent spot a year later.

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UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a memo to staff members that he “will very shortly be forming a search committee” to find Belmont’s successor. Gillman said UCI’s yet-to-be identified vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine would consult with him and the committee on the search.

Belmont said in an e-mail to colleagues that he has “spent my entire career in healthcare leadership and plan to continue to be involved in healthcare but not on a full-time basis.”