Robert Burgin, president and CEO of Mission Hospitals, Asheville, N.C., will retire at the end of 2004 after more than 23 years at the helm of the two-hospital system.
Burgin, 63, became president and CEO of Memorial Mission Hospital in 1981. He led the hospital into a merger with neighboring St. Joseph's Hospital that was completed in 1998 under a certificate of public advantage, in which federal antitrust immunity is granted in return for greater state scrutiny of future operations. The merged system said it has documented savings of $86.6 million under the certificate, or 14% more than the $76.2 million promised to regulators. Burgin served as chairman of the North Carolina Hospital Association in 1992 and spent a term chairing the governing council of the American Hospital Association's section of metropolitan hospitals.
Burgin plans to assist the effort to raise $10 million for a pediatric outpatient center at the hospital and work as a consultant to other hospitals. He also plans to spend time with his wife of 37 years, Glenda, at their beach house and with their three grandchildren. "It would be fun to be able to read a book and put it down when I want to, instead of when I fall asleep," he added.
Mission Hospitals Board Chairman Stephen Miller said Burgin told the board that he planned to retire in 2004 two years ago. Miller said the board will consider internal and external candidates to replace Burgin.