Center for Health Affairs CEO to retire: 5 things to know

Bill Ryan, president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare, will retire at the end of 2016.

Here are five things to know about Mr. Ryan.

1. Mr. Ryan is retiring after 14 years of service to the organization.

2. On his decision to retire, Mr. Ryan cited the need to refresh leadership. "I came to the center with a plan to revitalize its purpose, rebuild its business offerings, and create a workplace culture that would attract the best people. My part of that work is done. It's time for new leadership to build on that foundation and take the center and CHAMPS to the next level of success," he said in a prepared statement.

3. During his tenure at The Center for Health Affairs, Mr. Ryan emphasized programs and initiatives that achieved positive outcomes but chose not to raise membership dues, officials said. They said he also successfully advocated on behalf of he center's membership on dozens of public policy concerns. That included Ohio Medicaid expansion.

4. In addition, Mr. Ryan has provided leadership to CHAMPS Healthcare. Under his leadership, what was a collection of services offered to greater Cleveland hospitals has grown into several successful business lines that serve thousands of clients across the country, officials said.

5. The Center for Health Affairs board of directors has begun the process of finding Mr. Ryan's replacement and has engaged Waverly Partners to assist in an executive search.


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