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Murray to Retire as SCLHS System President and CEO

February 16, 2010
The Board of Directors of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCLHS) today announced that William M. Murray will retire from his position as SCLHS president and chief executive officer in June 2011. Mr. Murray has been the leader of this multi-state hospital organization for the past 12 years and has been the motivating force in its evolution to become a more unified and standardized system of care sites. “Bill has provided leadership for SCLHS during one of the most defining periods in its history," said Gordon Howie, chair of the SCLHS Board of Directors. "Since his appointment as CEO in 1998, Bill has drawn on his strategic acumen, his strong operational discipline and his unwavering personal integrity to guide our organization. The culture of the organization has grown and been enriched by his exemplary leadership. Building on SCLHS 135-year history as a hospital provider, he has both continued and transformed our system's mission to improve the health of the individuals and communities we serve, especially the poor or vulnerable. Bill and his team have done that through a focus on excellence, a greater alignment of our care sites, and improved operations and stewardship. SCLHS is well-positioned to provide greater value to the patients who entrust their care to us." Mr. Murray joined SCLHS in 1978 and served 10 years as both COO and CEO of St. Vincent Medical Center (now St. Vincent Healthcare) in Billings, Mont. He subsequently served as senior vice president for Tenet Healthcare's Arizona Region, during which time he also served on the SCLHS Board of Directors. Since becoming SCLHS CEO, Mr. Murray has also served as an ex officio member of the governing boards of several of the system’s hospitals, including St. Vincent’s in Billings; St. James Healthcare in Butte, Mont.; and Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. "We are extremely grateful to Bill for the many ways he has served and continues to serve SCLHS," Mr. Howie said. Most recently, Mr. Murray played a key role in efforts to strengthen health care delivery in the Denver area with the resolution of governance issues for Exempla Healthcare, a nonprofit hospital system, of which SCLHS has been a member since its formation in 1998. The bylaws changes, finalized Dec. 2, 2009, simplified the governance structure of Exempla, keeping the system intact and paving the way for strategic planning to grow services to meet the health care needs of the greater Denver community. “With the new governance structure in place, Exempla and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System will be able to work more closely as partners, take advantage of economies of skill and scale, and bring world-class support services to our combined care sites,” Mr. Murray said. Mr. Murray is overseeing the transition in the governance structure of Exempla and the related integration plans with SCLHS that are expected to be substantially completed in the next 18 months. “To thrive in a future of continued change and the forces of reform, we must pioneer innovative models of patient care that empower people to live longer, healthier and happier lives,” Mr. Murray said. “SCLHS and Exempla are moving ahead with energy and enthusiasm, thus creating a natural opportunity for ushering in the next generation of leadership.” The SCLHS Board of Directors has appointed a committee to begin a nationwide search for Mr. Murray’s successor. Mr. Murray will continue to serve as president and CEO of SCLHS and as chair of the Exempla Board of Directors through the transition to a new SCLHS president and CEO.