Who: Pat Fry, 57
Retiring as: President and CEO of Sutter Health, Sacramento, Calif., effective Jan. 4. He'll be succeeded by Sarah Krevans, 56, the system's COO.
Previous roles: Fry started with Sutter as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital after graduate school in 1982 and has been with the system ever since. He became CEO of Sutter General and Memorial hospitals 10 years after joining the system and went on to lead at the regional and division levels before becoming COO in 2000 and CEO in 2005.
Building a system: Fry has overseen a more than $11 billion ongoing facility improvement effort while serving as CEO, and launched Sutter's health plan and physician networks. “We've always taken the long view and never focused on a short two- or three-year period,” he said.
Getting back into insurance: Fry said beefing up ambulatory-care operations allowed Sutter to get back into insurance after pulling the plug on its HMO over a decade ago. “Once we felt we could provide the right access, making the decision to go back into the health plan business was an easy one.”
Delivering on value: “I think the definition of value is going to continually evolve over time. Healthcare has historically not been retail-oriented, but we are extraordinarily well-positioned for the shift to value-based care.”