Spectrum Health CEO Richard Breon to retire in 2019

Richard C. Breon, president and CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health, plans to retire, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Mr. Breon served at the helm of the 12-hospital system since 2000. The system, which includes 25,000 employees and a medical staff of 3,400, is expected to generate upwards of $6 billion in revenue in the upcoming fiscal year.

During his tenure, Spectrum Health established the Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program and the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. It also received the AHA NOVA Award in 2016 for efforts to improve maternal and infant health among African Americans and Latinos in Kent County.

Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Mr. Breon was president and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in Evansville, Ind. He served on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and the Michigan Hospital Advisory Commission. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2009, he won ACHE's Regent's Award.

The health system's board of directors will begin the search for Mr. Breon's successor, with the help of a recruitment firm.

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