The chief executive officer of a Dubuque, Iowa, hospital involved in a long-running antitrust dispute with the U.S. Justice Department will retire this spring after 11 years at the helm.
Sister Helen Huewe, 61, has headed 385-bed Mercy Health Center since 1986. She said the time is right for a new leader.
In 1994, the Justice Department challenged Mercy's plan to form a mergerlike partnership with 143-bed Finley Hospital, the only other hospital in Dubuque. The department has appealed a lower court's ruling clearing the deal of antitrust concerns. A decision from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected shortly.
Huewe was chair of the Iowa Hospital Association in 1993 and has worked in healthcare for almost 40 years.
Mercy is searching for a new CEO. Both hospitals plan to keep separate CEOs and hire a third executive for the partnership, known as Dubuque Regional Healthcare System.