Van Johnson said he will retire as president and chief executive officer at Sutter Health, Sacramento, Calif., on June 1, after a decade at the helm of the 27-hospital, not-for-profit system. Johnson, 60, will be succeeded by Patrick Fry, 47, who has been Sutter's chief operating officer since 2000. Johnson joined Sutter in 1985 and became CEO in 1995. He returned the company to profitability after years of losses and spearheaded its ongoing $5.7 billion capital improvement project. Before jointing Sutter, Johnson held senior management positions at Intermountain Healthcare Corp., Salt Lake City. Johnson said that after leaving Sutter he will serve as a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in another country, which has yet to be determined. -- by Laura B. Benko
Sutter chief Johnson to retire, become missionary
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