Billings Clinic CEO Dr. Nicholas Wolter to retire after 20 years at the helm: 6 things to know

Billings (Mont.) Clinic CEO Nicholas Wolter, MD, plans to retire in January 2017, according to a Billings Gazette report.

Here are six things to know:

1. Trained as a pulmonary and critical care physician, Dr. Wolter joined Billings Clinic in 1982 and became CEO in 1997.

2. Billings Clinic named Dr. Wolter CEO after years of restructuring senior management, following a merger between Billings Clinic and Deaconess Hospital.

3. During Dr. Wolter's tenure, the clinic expanded its services and constructed new facilities across Montana and Wyoming.

4. Billings Clinic currently includes an inpatient hospital in Billings, 11 critical access hospitals in Montana and Wyoming, five rural regional clinics as well as Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mont., which the clinic acquired in a joint venture with Brentwood, Tenn.-based RegionalCare Hospital Partners.

5. Randall Gibb, MD, the clinic's current CMO, will take over as interim CEO, effective immediately.

6. Dr. Wolter is on planned medical leave, according to a statement from the hospital. Dr. Wolter was not immediately available for comment, the report notes.

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