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Thompson to retire as BHS CEO/president
Dale M. Thompson will retire as president/CEO of Benedictine Health System (BHS) effective Dec. 31.
IN 2003, Thompson, 65, was named president/CEO of Benedictine Health System, a nationally recognized Catholic, mission-directed, values-based health care system providing a full spectrum of health and housing services to aging adults.
The system consists of approximately 40 campuses in six states and serves about 6,000 aging adults on a daily basis. BHS generates approximately $400 million in annual revenues, employs over 5,000 individuals and is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth.
Board Chair Brian Lassiter said the BHS Board of Directors is responsible for succession planning and leadership continuity to ensure a successful organization long into the future. The Board has been focused on succession planning efforts for more than two years not only for the president/CEO position but for other key leadership positions at BHS. The board anticipates that a new president/CEO for BHS will be named sometime this fall.
“Dale is an extraordinary leader, and BHS truly has been blessed with his service,” said Lassiter. “He has a unique combination of characteristics – a strong business acumen, entrepreneurial instincts, deep industry knowledge, high levels of integrity and authenticity – that have made him such a credible, well-respected leader within BHS and the industry. While we are very sorry to see Dale go, the Board is pleased that he will leave the System in a strong position: a highly effective senior leadership team, a solid strategic plan, and culture that now craves growth and performance excellence.”
Thompson’s achievements during his tenure in office include:
• Ten years of positive financial performance.
• Driven quality improvement in national long-term care and BHS following criteria from the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
• Three levels of recognition by the Minnesota based Performance Excellence Network.
• Serving as part of the leadership team that created Essentia Health and that ultimately transformed BHS into an organization focused entirely on long-term care.
• Service on several advisory committees for the Catholic Health Association.
Before joining the Benedictine Health System, Thompson was president and chief executive officer of Benedictine Health Dimensions, the former long-term care division of BHS, and president and chief executive officer of Health Dimensions Inc., a long-term care organization he cofounded. Thompson is also past president of the American Health Care Association, a national non-profit federation of affiliated health organizations.Previous Newsmakers Articles:
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