C. Duane Dauner, longtime president and CEO of the California Hospital Association, is retiring at the end of 2018.
A nationwide search for his replacement will begin in early January. Dauner will remain at the organization until his contract ends in December 2018 as a consultant.
Dauner has led the California Hospital Association since 1985. The organization is one of the largest hospital associations in the nation, representing more than 400 hospitals and health systems.
Throughout his career, Dauner has been a vocal proponent of affordable healthcare and patient safety. He provided recommendations to Congress and the Obama administration on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He has also been involved in state-level health policy reform.
In 2013 Dauner helped launch the Hospital Quality Institute, a collaboration of California hospital associations to improve quality performance among providers.
Most recently, Dauner and the California Hospital Association spearheaded and funded Proposition 52, a ballot initiative that makes it harder for lawmakers to use Medi-Cal funds for anything other than their intended purpose. The measure won by a landslide.
Before joining the California Hospital Association, Dauner was CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association.