Denver Health CEO Announces Retirement

March 30, 2016

Posted 3:06 p.m. | Updated 4:47 p.m.

The top executive at one of Denver Health Medical Center announced his retirement Wednesday. CEO Arthur Gonzalez says he’s retiring June 30. He has been at the post since 2012.

In a statement, Gonzales said he’s “excited for the future” of the hospital, but after 43 years in health care administration, he decided now is the “right time to retire.”

Denver Health has been in the news after three neurosurgeons, and several department heads, decided to leave for other jobs.

The Denver Post recently reported that there’s a rift between some medical staff and the administration over everything from staffing to a perceived de-emphasis on academics and research.

When asked whether the departures played a role in his decision, Gonzalez said via email that "certainly, there were internal dynamics with medical staff that presented challenges. But that is only a piece of the picture."
Rus Heise, Chairman of the Denver Health Board, in a statement, said Denver Health is "better and stronger than it was when Art joined us three and a half years ago and we are well positioned for success moving forward."
He highlighted some successes under Gonzalez' tenure, including a stronger financial position, the transition to a new electronic health records system and "significant strides in improving our hospital and community clinics."

The Denver Health and Hospital Authority board will name an interim CEO and start the search for a replacement soon. 

They expect that process to take up to 12 months.

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