Legacy Health System, Portland, Ore., said Robert Pallari, 56, will retire as its president and chief executive officer as of Oct. 1 after a 16-year career there. Four-hospital Legacy, Oregon's largest not-for-profit health system, said its search committee was working with an executive consulting firm to find a successor. "I'm fortunate that I'm able to make this choice at a time when I'm still passionate about our mission, personally having fun and leaving a very strong, stable company," Pallari said in a news release. "After much reflection, it just felt like it was the right time to move on and start focusing more on personal pursuits."
Pallari, a former teacher, joined Legacy in 1989, shortly after the company was formed through the merger of HealthLink and Good Samaritan Corp. He served in various positions, including president and CEO of Legacy's joint-venture HMO, senior vice president of marketing and health plans, and chief operating officer. In 1998, he was named president and COO and a year later became president and CEO. In August, Legacy plans to open 220-bed Salmon Creek Hospital, Vancouver, Wash., its fifth hospital and the first new hospital in Washington state in 25 years. -- by Laura B. Benko