Mike Williams, president and founding CEO of Community Hospital Corp., announced he will retire from the organization after 20 years.
He will continue to serve as president and CEO until a replacement is selected by the board, likely by the end of June 2017, according to a news release.
Williams was appointed founding CEO of the Plano, Texas-based organization soon after it was established in 1996 by leaders from 13 Texas not-for-profit community health systems. CHC works to conserve not-for-profit status for struggling community hospitals. The organization now owns, manages or consults with nearly 30 hospitals in the U.S., most of which are rural hospitals.
Under Williams' leadership, CHC has developed a consulting arm, called CHC Consulting, and CHC ContinueCARE, a program that helps hospitals develop acute-care facilities. In September 2015, the organization established CHC Supply Trust, a group purchasing organization that helps small systems get discounts.
Williams will continue to serve as vice chair on the board of the Parkland Health & Hospital System, the large public hospital system in Dallas.
During his 40-year career, Williams held various executive leadership roles including executive VP and COO of Children's Medical Center in Dallas.