After a 30-year career with Geisinger, a Danville, Pa.-based healthcare system, F. Kenneth Ackerman announced that he will resign effective July 1.
Mr. Ackerman said he'll be 55 in April and feels the need for new challenges. He didn't say what he'll do af ter he leaves Geisinger.
From late 1990 to July 1993, when the system was restructured, Mr. Ackerman served as president of 577-bed Geisinger Medical Center. In July, he became senior vice president of operations for Geisinger's nine-county central region, an area that includes both the medical center itself and its community clinics.
Mr. Ackerman said he'll immediately relinquish operational duties for the medical center and clinics "to best assure an orderly transition." During the next six months, he'll assume new duties supporting Geisinger's development and government relations activities. A hospital spokesman said the announcement caught everyone by surprise, so no decision had been made about choosing a successor.
Geisinger operates two hospitals, a 500-physician clinic and an HMO.-Karen Pallarito