Quint Studer to resign from Studer Group

Quint Studer, founder of Pensacola, Fla.-based Studer Group, is leaving the healthcare consulting company to devote his attention to a series of community projects.

Mr. Studer founded Studer Group in 2000. He told the Pensacola News Journal he will officially step down from the company on March 31, following his long-term plan to serve as a "full-time volunteer for the community."

Debbie Ritchie moved from the role of COO, which she's held since 2006, to president on Jan. 15. BG Porter has served as CEO of the company since 2011.

In February 2015, Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group acquired Studer Group for $325 million in a deal planned to extend Huron's expertise in patient satisfaction and hospital-physician relationships. Studer Group reportedly earned $90 million in revenue in 2015, according to the PNJ.

Mr. Studer has not been involved in daily operations of Studer Group since 2012, according to the PNJ report. He is involved in several community development efforts in Pensacola with plans for projects in Janesville, Wis. Most recently, he kicked off an initiative to award $50,000 to two community members who design the best strategies to improve kindergarten readiness rates in Escambia County.

"Quint's passion has touched each of our lives and will continue to make a difference in the Pensacola community and other areas of interest to him," Ms. Ritchie said in a prepared statement. "We are excited for Quint as he enters into this next phase of his journey."

Before founding the Studer Group, Mr. Studer was president of Chicago-based Holy Cross Hospital and president of Pensacola-based Baptist Memorial Hospital; he helped both hospitals improve satisfaction, reduce employee turnover and turn a profit.

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