Richard Norling, president and chief executive officer of Premier, said he would retire June 30, 2009, after more than a decade at the companys helm. A replacement has not been named.
Norling, voted No. 66 on Modern Healthcares list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare this year, joined Premier in 1997, a year after the purchasing organization was formed. As CEO, he helped steer Premier to a 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, while growing the company to reach more than 2,000 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 53,000 healthcare sites.
The strong Premier alliance that exists today has been very much shaped by Ricks vision, strategic thinking, and passion for building an excellent organization rooted in values, said Lowell Kruse, Premier board chairman and CEO at Heartland Health, St. Joseph, Mo., in a written statement.
Before he joined Premier, Norling was the president and CEO of Fairview Health Services in Minnesota. Premier is a national healthcare quality and cost improvement alliance made up of not-for-profit hospitals. -- by Matthew DoBias