6 recent CEO exits

Becker's reported the following hospital and health system CEO departures from May 9-21, including retirements and other C-suite changes.

1. Chuck Callahan, PhD, announced his plans to leave Springfield (Ill.) Memorial Hospital on June 30 "to seek other professional opportunities," according to a hospital news release shared with Becker's. The hospital has appointed Jay Roszhart president and CEO, effective July 1.

2. Harry Weis, president and CEO of Truckee, Calif.-based Tahoe Forest Health System, was placed on paid administrative leave May 16. The decision followed his previous announcement of his retirement date of Jan. 2, 2026. COO Louis Ward was appointed acting CEO.

3. Carlton DeVooght is stepping down as president and CEO of St. Augustine, Fla.-based UF Health St. Johns, a regional division for Gainesville, Fla.-based UF Health. Mr. DeVooght is leaving his position "to pursue other opportunities as UF Health continues to evolve," according to a statement shared with Becker's. The statement said he will continue at the helm until June 7, before which UF Health St. Johns will name an external interim hospital leader.

4. Rod Hochman, MD, is preparing to retire as president and CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence at the end of 2024, capping off a 45-year career in healthcare, including nearly two decades with the Providence family of organizations. Dr. Hochman will transition into a CEO emeritus position, effective Jan. 1, 2025, and a search is underway for the next CEO, according to a May 15 news release from the health system.

5. Ian Worden, who was selected as interim CEO of Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, in September and has been serving in that role since October, will depart the role later this year, a hospital spokesperson told Becker's. Meanwhile, the hospital is moving forward with the search for a permanent CEO, who will be the hospital's fourth leader in less than a year.

6. Paul Kempinski will retire as president and CEO of Children's Mercy Kansas City (Mo.) after more than 40 years in healthcare leadership. Mr. Kempinski, who has helmed Children's Mercy since November 2018, will remain at the helm of the organization until the naming and onboarding of the next leader, according to a May 9 news release.

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