Gary Mecklenburg, one of the country's most prominent not-for-profit hospital system chief executive officers, will retire Sept. 1, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare's board of directors is expected to announce Tuesday. Mecklenburg, 59, has served as president and CEO of the Chicago-based system, the parent of 744-bed Northwestern Memorial Hospital, since 2002. Prior to becoming head of the system, Mecklenburg served as president and CEO of the hospital from 1985 through 2002. Northwestern's board also will announce that Dean Harrison, currently the hospital's president and CEO, will replace Mecklenburg as head of the system. Harrison, 51, has headed the hospital since 2002. A spokeswoman declined to elaborate on Mecklenburg's retirement or comment on a search for Harrison's replacement at the hospital. Mecklenburg is a former chairman of both the American Hospital Association and Illinois Hospital Association. The announcement comes eight days after the death of David Everhart, whom Mecklenburg replaced as president and CEO of the hospital. Everhart died in his Wisconsin home Jan. 1 at age 77. He ran the hospital from 1976 to 1985. -- by David Burda
Northwestern CEO Mecklenburg to retire
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