Who: David Dunlap, 72
Retiring as: President and CEO of Roper St. Francis, Charleston, S.C., effective at year-end.
Background: Dunlap has led Roper St. Francis since 2003. He was previously CEO of Memorial Medical Center, a two-hospital system in New Orleans. He also served as CEO of Presbyterian Hospital, which merged with University Medical Center in Oklahoma City in the late 1990s.
Period of expansion: During Dunlap's tenure, Roper St. Francis expanded its reach, growing from two hospitals to now preparing to build its fourth. Approval for the new hospital in fast-growing Berkeley County was a seven-year battle that reached the South Carolina Supreme Court. The facility is expected to open within three years.
A push for Medicaid expansion: Dunlap has been outspoken in his support of Medicaid expansion in South Carolina. With a high uninsured rate and high prevalence of chronic disease such as diabetes, “it's a travesty that our state has elected not to expand Medicaid,” he said. Even though the state has made economic gains, Dunlap said poverty is still a problem. “To have those people wake up every day without health insurance, I can't imagine what that's like.”