Columbus Regional Heathcare System Chairman, CEO Larry Sanders has announced his retirement today.
Sanders, who will be 60 this week, announced the retirement in an e-mail sent to employees this morning. The retirement will be effective Sept. 30. At that point, Sanders will have been associated with The Medical Center and Columbus Regional for 30 years.
During his tenure, Columbus Regional Healthcare System was formed from The Medical Center, a single facility with annual revenue of $50 million, and grew to become the multi-hospital integrated health delivery system with annual revenue of more than $1 billion that it is today, according to hospital spokesman Tom Titus.
Sanders' push to grow The Medical Center has been controversial at times as the hospital has acquired Doctors Hospital and Hughston Hospital under his leadership.
Sanders also has survived a struggle with colon cancer, which was chronicled in a lengthy series published by the Ledger-Enquirer.
“The Columbus Regional Board of Directors has been advised of my decision and the Executive Committee of the board is formulating the plan for the way in which the board will choose to deal with the selection of a successor,” Sanders said in a release.
Among the accomplishments on Sanders' watch, according to a hospital release:
-- The development of the John B. Amos Cancer Center and the support provided by the clinical professionals and community to ensure excellence.
-- Bringing Doctors Hospital and Hughston Hospital in Columbus into the Columbus Regional organization,
-- Dedicated surgeon-driven Regional Trauma Program,
-- Excellence and Family Practice Faculty solidarity in Graduate Medical Education,
-- Spring Harbor as a senior living facility,
-- Circle of Care, the state of Georgia’s first Preferred Provider Organization,
-- Evergreen Medical Group and Health Plan,
-- Ronald McDonald House,
-- The Health and Human Services Center, one of the community’s first public-private partnerships,
-- Development of Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Phenix City