GRAND RAPIDS — Phil McCorkle plans retire next summer after 12 years as CEO of Saint Mary’s Heath Care.
The Grand Rapids health system has formed a search committee to find a successor to McCorkle, who led Saint Mary’s through what Chairman Chuck Frayer called a period of “unparalleled growth and success” as a “bold and visionary CEO.”
“While we hoped his tenure would last forever, we knew it couldn’t, and we congratulate him on the tremendous contributions he has made to our ministry and our community,” Frayer wrote in a memo to Saint Mary’s staff announcing McCorkle’s retirement.
During McCorkle’s tenure, Saint Mary’s built The Lacks Cancer Center, the Hauenstein Center for Neurosciences and the southwest outpatient enter in Wyoming as it focused more on specialty care in oncology and neurosciences. Saint Mary’s also forged research partnerships with the Van Andel Institute and Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine when the medical school moved to Grand Rapids.
The longest-serving CEO in Saint Mary’s 119-year history, McCorkle helped to raised millions for the clinical buildup, including $40 million for The Lacks Cancer Center.
The health system two years ago also tightened ties with its physicians through the formation of the Advantage Health/Saint Mary’s Medical Group that better positions it for reforms sweeping through the health care industry.
After accomplishing a number of milestones, McCorkle said “now is the time” for him to move on and that Saint Mary’s Health Care is positioned well for the future and “to deal with whatever health care will present for us.”
“I feel like I got the organization where I want it to be and that I can pass it along to somebody else,” McCorkle said. “The next person has to take what we’ve developed at this point and build upon it.”
McCorkle will continue as a consultant with parent company Trinity Health following his departure from Saint Mary’s in mid-2013, after a new CEO is hired.
Prior to joining Saint Mary’s Health Care in 2000, McCorkle served CEO at the former Butterworth Hospital and was heavily involved in the 1997 merger with Blodgett Memorial Medical Center that created Spectrum Health.
McCorkle announced his retirement now to provide Saint Mary’s “ample time to find his replacement,” Frayer said.