Health system president and CEO retiring


Frank Sardone. Courtesy Bronson Healthcare

The leader of a West Michigan health system is retiring.

Frank Sardone, the president and CEO of Kalamazoo-based Bronson Healthcare, plans to retire at the end of the year, according to Bronson today.

The Bronson board was notified last year of Sardone’s intention to retire in 2019.

Kansas City, Missouri-based Gallagher MSA Search is conducting a nationwide search for a successor.

“While we are reluctant to see him go, his retirement is well-deserved, and the board is certain the caliber of the providers, staff and organization he has built will attract a top-notch candidate to carry his legacy forward,” said Donald Parfet, board chair, Bronson Healthcare.

Sardone has worked in administration at Bronson since 1988 and served in his current role since 1996.

Sardone has led the system from its roots as one hospital with a collection of outpatient clinics to the existing system of four hospitals, 90 locations, more than 9,200 employees and more than 1,400 medical staff.

“Like others who reach this stage in life, I share the news with mixed emotions,” said Sardone in a retirement message to staff.

“It has been my honor to serve as president and CEO of such an exceptional health care system, and I am filled with gratitude and pride in all that we have accomplished together over the years. My wife Susan and I intend to remain in the area, and you can be sure that we will continue to be Bronson’s biggest cheerleaders.”

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