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Ladenburger to Retire from SCL Health

May 30, 2014

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Ladenburger to Retire from SCL Health
Hospital industry veteran well-known for service in Colorado

headthumbbobladenburgerDENVER (May 28, 2014) — Longtime senior executive Robert W. Ladenburger, Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations for SCL Health and President and CEO of Exempla Healthcare, is retiring from Denver-based SCL Health effective June 1.

SCL Health is evaluating its leadership structure to determine how best to fill the vacancy.

Ladenburger, a well-known figure in Colorado health care, joined SCL Health in 1999 as President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction, where he served until 2010. During this time, St. Mary’s and the Grand Junction medical community became nationally recognized for its role in establishing Grand Junction as a market known for innovative approaches to healthcare. In 2009, President Barack Obama held one of his “town hall” meetings in Grand Junction highlighting the community as one that demonstrated success in providing high quality, cost effective healthcare.

Ladenburger has been involved in a variety of local and state service roles. He served as Chairman of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Colorado Hospital Association and as a member of the Denver Metro Chamber and the Colorado Forum.

SCL Health in 2010 appointed Ladenburger to oversee Exempla Healthcare’s three Denver hospitals – Saint Joseph Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center – and to lead the integration of those operations into the SCL Health system. SCL Health, which relocated its system services from Kansas to Denver in 2011, subsequently named Ladenburger EVP of Hospital Operations and extended his oversight to the $2.5 billion nonprofit health system’s eight other hospitals in California, Kansas and Montana.

“We’re seeing transformational change in the healthcare industry,” said Ladenburger. “And the pace of change continues to pick up speed.”

Ladenburger himself intends to do the opposite, for now: slowing down in order to spend time with his family including two grandchildren and take greater advantage of the hiking trails outside of Estes Park with his wife, Susie.

“I am indebted and very grateful for the collegial support that Bob has provided to me and to the SCL Health leadership team as we have navigated through changes and challenges,” said SCL Health President and CEO Michael Slubowski. “Bob has truly been a trusted partner, advisor and friend. He is a consummate professional and known by all who encounter him as a steady, kind and caring leader. He will be missed.”

About SCL Health 
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that operates eight hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children's mental health center and more than 190 ambulatory service centers in three states — Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.5 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals it serves, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, SCL Health provided more than $250 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.

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