Leadership transition at St. John’s Health as CEO announces retirement

JACKSON, Wyo. — St. John’s Health chief executive officer Paul Beaupré, MD announced Monday at a board meeting he will wrap up his career at the hospital early next year. Beaupré said he plans to retire effective January 31, 2021.

Beaupré has served at the administrative helm of the organization since September 2016 when he took over for the retiring Lou Hochheiser, MD, who was appointed to CEO in July 2012.

Board of trustees chair Cynthia Hogan praised Beaupré’s leadership and accomplishments.

“Paul carried the torch to plan and build Sage Living, our new home for senior residential care currently under construction, and recruited doctors to build our programs in cancer care, cardiology, mental health, and other specialized clinical areas,” Hogan said. “When the COVID-19 pandemic entered Wyoming, Paul quickly distinguished himself as a trusted community voice. These are big shoes to fill.”

“This decision came after much deliberation and soul-searching,” Beaupré said. “My time with St. John’s has been some of the most enjoyable of my entire career. St. John’s is a strong community asset because of the great staff and outstanding physicians who are completely dedicated to patient care. I am certain their commitment will only continue to grow. I am incredibly grateful for the community’s support over the past several years.”

Hogan noted that with seven months before Beaupré departs his post, there is ample time to recruit the hospital’s next CEO.

“We will use a similar process to the one we used in 2016, which included selecting a nationally known search firm and including a lot of community and employee input,” she said.

The leadership transition was not all that was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the board. The board of trustees also appointed a new trustee, Debby Hopkins, by unanimous vote.

Hopkins fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Linda Aurelio. She is a board member of the St. John’s Health Foundation and a St. John’s Health board advisor.

Hopkins is also a member of the board of directors at Union Pacific and Marsh & McLennan, among other organizations. She was founder and CEO of Citi Ventures based in Silicon Valley, and Citi’s first chief innovation officer from 2008 to 2016. Prior to Citi, she served as chief financial officer at The Boeing Company.

“In addition to her deep and varied board experience, we have greatly appreciated Debby’s contributions as a volunteer on the Sage Living Task Force,” Hogan said.

Scott Gibson, chair of the board’s finance committee, added, “Debby played a significant role in developing the financial plan for the project’s development and continues to play an important oversight role as we finalize plans to open the new facility in 2021.”

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