Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif., said Donald Ammon will retire as president and chief executive officer at year-end, capping a 42-year career with the not-for-profit healthcare system. Ammon, 65, has held the top spot since January 1999.
He began his healthcare career in 1964 at Adventist Hinsdale (Ill.) Hospital, operated by sister system Adventist Health System Sunbelt Health Care Corp. Three years later, he joined the administrative team at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., the systems flagship hospital in the Northwest. Rising to the hospitals presidency, Ammon accepted his first corporate position as executive vice president in 1982. He relocated to Roseville when Adventist Health System/West formed, and oversaw the construction of its corporate headquarters.
Adventist Health has seen many changes during Dons lengthy tenure, Adventist Chairman Thomas Mostert Jr. said in a news release. He has made a tremendous contribution to Adventist Health and has assembled an accomplished leadership team to continue this legacy of service.
The board has launched a search for Ammons successor, with a decision expected within 30 days. Adventist operates 19 hospitals in four states. It recently agreed to sell its Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, Calif., to for-profit Prime Healthcare Services. -- by Laura B. Benko