Saint Mary’s Health Care CEO McCorkle retiring



The chair of the Saint Mary’s Health Care board said Thursday that longtime CEO Phil McCorkle will retire in the summer of 2013.

With 12 years in that position, McCorkle is the longest-serving CEO in Saint Mary’s 119-year history, noted Chuck Frayer in making the announcement. He said McCorkle has overseen “unparalleled growth and success at Saint Mary’s since his arrival in April of 2000.”

“Phil hit the ground running with the $40 million fundraising campaign for The Lacks Cancer Center, and he hasn’t stopped since,” added Frayer.

He said McCorkle is committed to advancing several major projects for Saint Mary’s in his final months as CEO, including the next phase of development of the hospital’s neuroscience and oncology programs and the planning of the $35 million renovation of the hospital’s surgical suites.

Frayer said McCorkle also will continue to work on creating collaborative relationships with other community health-care organizations, as he has since assuming the CEO position in 2000.

McCorkle, 67, has worked in health care management for 30 years, according to Frayer.

“While we hoped his tenure would last forever, we knew it couldn’t; and we congratulate him on the tremendous contributions he has made to our ministry and our community,” said Frayer.

Frayer will chair the search committee appointed to identify McCorkle’s successor. The committee also will include physicians and community representatives and expects to name a new executive in the early summer of 2013, he said.

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