Dr. Jeff Thompson plans to resign as CEO of Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis., in 2015.
Thompson, 62, has been with Gundersen for three decades, serving the last 14 years as CEO. He'll stay on as CEO until the single-hospital system finds a new leader.
Gundersen includes a medical center, an inpatient behavioral health facility, a health plan and over 60 clinics of varying specialties.
Before he was CEO, Thompson was executive VP from 1995 to 2001. His background is in pediatrics, pediatric critical care, and neonatal and perinatal medicine.
During his time at Gundersen, the system implemented an electronic health-record system and expanded its inpatient behavioral health operations.
Also under Thompson's leadership, Gundersen announced in October that it would freeze all future investments in fossil fuels, making it the first U.S. healthcare organization to publicly change its portfolio's fossil fuel securities. Also last year, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center became the first hospital in the country to become energy independent, meaning it runs entirely on self-produced, renewable energy.
“It's been an amazing opportunity to be the CEO of Gundersen. It's a great honor to be responsible for such great staff,” Thompson said in a release. “It's a privilege to work alongside so many talented people who care for patients, their families and the community.”
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