JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Dennis Vonderfecht, president and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance, today officially announced he plans to retire at the end of 2013.
His retirement follows 24 years as the organization's leader.
Below is a copy of the letter that was sent to all MSHA team members.
"Dear MSHA team member:
It is with both fond reflection and eager anticipation that I announce to you today my plans to retire at the end of calendar year 2013.
It has been an honor and a great pleasure to serve as President and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance for the past 23 years. We've celebrated many milestones along the way, and I'm immensely proud of what this organization has become. I have every expectation that the next chapter in MSHA's story will be equally as bright as the chapters you and I have written together.
An executive search firm has been selected and is currently in the process of identifying both internal and external candidates to interview for the role of MSHA President and CEO. The MSHA Board of Directors is expected to make its final selection by July, with the new CEO coming on board by October. I will participate in the onboarding process for our new CEO for several months and will officially end my tenure at Mountain States Health Alliance on December 31, 2013.
Regardless of who becomes your next leader, I am confident that Mountain States Health Alliance is in good hands. The MSHA Board of Directors has always been a guiding force behind our mission, vision, and values as well as the strategic direction of our organization, and they will continue to fill that same role in the years to come. I have relied on our Board continuously throughout the years for advice and strategic insight. They have been enthusiastic supporters of Patient-Centered Care, our Baldrige quality journey, and our commitment to Bringing Loving Care to Health Care through the MSHA Difference. Thanks to their continued leadership, the character and culture of MSHA will be secured.
My wife, Peggy, and I look forward to spending more time with our daughters and their families, including our two grandsons, Caleb (age 3) and Noah (5 months), who affectionately know us as "Bubbles" and "Nonna." I look forward to being engaged in many other areas of interest that I have, including our donkeys, gardening, travel, and church activities. No doubt I will continue to be involved in some aspects of health care; however, my most important goal at this stage of my life is to enjoy my family. It will be nice to spend more time just being "Bubbles."
Many people have asked me whether it is hard for me to walk away from an organization like MSHA that has consumed a great deal of my professional life. I must admit it is not easy, but I am glad to say that I'm proud of the organization I'm leaving behind. Together, we have accomplished so much, and we have made vast improvements in the quality of health care offered to the residents of our region. The most difficult thing is leaving behind the relationships that have come to mean so much to me as MSHA has grown over the years. I am grateful for the many fine individuals that I've gotten to know over the past two decades in the communities that MSHA serves.
Most of all, I am grateful for you – the team members who make MSHA what it is. You are this organization's greatest asset. It is your commitment to and love for our patients that drives our organization to always strive for better quality, better service and better care for the people we serve. I am inspired by each of you, and I'm excited to see what you're going to accomplish in the years to come as you continue to bring loving care to health care.
President and CEO,
Mountain States Health Alliance"
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