Gary Duncan, president and CEO of 318-bed Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo., plans to retire in 2012, according to a news release.
Duncan to retire from Freeman Health next year
Duncan, 66, has been the hospital’s top executive for 15 years, according to the release. Duncan is credited with starting a variety of specialty services that stemmed outmigration, including institutes for autism, cancer and heart and vascular care. The hospital also constructed a six-story, $49 million patient tower in 2007 that added 56 private rooms, tripled the size of the emergency department and added 250 parking spaces to the hospital’s west campus. Duncan joined Freeman in 1975 as its first human resources director, according to his executive biography.
The executive committee of the hospital’s board began its succession planning for Duncan’s eventual retirement in 2006, according to the release. Freeman plans to begin its search internally, but may expand the search to candidates outside of Freeman, a spokeswoman said.
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