Shock at Sheffield hospital chief’s sudden death

Jeremy Loeb
Jeremy Loeb

Tributes have been paid to a Sheffield hospital chief who has died from a sudden heart attack, aged 57.

Jeremy Loeb was chief finance officer at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and led efforts to fund the site’s £40 million redevelopment scheme.

The married dad-of-two, from Ecclesall, previously held top jobs at the Northern General Hospital and Barnsley Hospital.

Simon Morritt, the children’s hospital’s chief executive, said he felt ‘great sadness’ over Mr Loeb’s death.

“Jeremy will be sadly missed by all who knew him,” said Mr Morritt.

“Jeremy made an immense contribution to the hospital and was instrumental in much of the organisation’s success in recent years.

“Our thoughts are with his wife and two children at this extremely difficult time.”

Mr Loeb was responsible for finance, IT, information, estates and supplies at the children’s hospital, which has an annual budget of almost £160m.

He joined the NHS in 1982, having started his career four years earlier as a trainee accountant.

Mr Loeb became deputy director of finance at the Northern General in 1993, and joined the children’s hospital in 2007 after eight years as Barnsley Hospital’s director of finance.

In his spare time he played clarinet for the Endcliffe Orchestra.

Former South Yorkshire Police chief constable Med Hughes, a non-executive director at the children’s hospital trust, said he would miss his friend’s ‘quiet, good humour’.

A book of remembrance in the hospital’s chapel has been filled with messages paying tribute. Mr Loeb’s funeral took place last week. The cause of death was given as heart disease brought on by myocardial bridging, a congenital cardiac defect.

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