Dr. William VanNess II will retire next year from his post as president and CEO of 173-bed Community Hospital Anderson (Ind.). His last day in the dual position, which he has held since 1997, will be Dec. 31, 2012.
VanNess to retire as Ind. hospital CEO
VanNess, 66, joined the hospital's medical staff in 1973 as a family physician. He was named president of the medical staff in 1979 and went on to chair the family practice, internal medicine and pediatric departments. He was a physician member of the hospital board of directors from 1983 to 1989 and served as president of the Indiana State Medical Society and the Madison County (Ind.) Medical Society.
Among his achievements highlighted in a hospital news release were: establishing a clinical research center that participates in national and internal clinical trials for drugs and medical devices, developing an outpatient oncology program and implementing a new health information technology system in 2009.
"We enjoy a terrific 'family' culture that has been a key to our success," said VanNess in the release. "With this strong culture, I believe the hospital is well-positioned to survive and thrive well into the future."
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