Gary Mecklenburg, chief executive officer at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, will retire Sept. 1. Mecklenburg, 59, has been president and CEO of the system since 2002 and held the same positions at the system's flagship, 744-bed Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 1985 to 2002.
Northwestern said Dean Harrison, 51, the hospital's president and CEO since 2002, will replace Mecklenburg as head of the system. Mecklenburg is a former chairman of both the American Hospital Association and Illinois Hospital Association. He chairs Health Forum and the Healthcare Research and Development Institute and sits on the boards of several healthcare organizations, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, or NAHIT, and medical technology vendor Becton Dickinson & Co. Mecklenburg was NAHIT's founding chairman.
Harrison joined Northwestern in 1998 as senior vice president. The announcement of Mecklenburg's retirement comes eight days after the death of David Everhart, who ran Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 1976 to 1985 and was replaced by Mecklenburg. Everhart died in his Wisconsin home Jan. 1 at age 77.
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