RENTON, Wash.—Providence Health & Services will have another physician as its president and CEO. Dr. Rod Hochman was promoted to lead the 26-hospital Catholic healthcare system. Hochman, 57, is one of two Providence group presidents. He will succeed Dr. John Koster starting July 1. In December, Koster, 62, announced his plans to retire at the end of 2013 after serving as president and CEO since 2003. Hochman told Modern Healthcare that this month he spent a week in Montreal meeting the system's founders, the Sisters of Providence. “It's an incredible organization,” Hochman said. “It's over 150 years old and with great traditions.” Hochman's medical background is in rheumatology and internal medicine. He served as president and CEO of Swedish Health Services until last year, when the four-hospital Seattle-based system combined operations with Providence. Providence operates hospitals in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. Hochman said Providence will listen to inquiries if there's a chance for expansion, but the system won't grow “just for growth's sake.” Population health is a topic of interest for Hochman, who said Providence will continue to explore new care-delivery models, including accountable care organizations. He lauded the system's existing strategic plan, which emphasizes collaboration between clinicians and administrators. “With 30 years of clinical and healthcare executive leadership experience, we are confident that Dr. Hochman is the right leader to continue our transformational work in the delivery of healthcare,” Mike Holcomb, chairman of the system's board of directors, said in a prepared statement.