For Immediate Release
Hospital CEO Turnover Rate Increases Slightly
CHICAGO, March 4, 2013—Hospital CEO turnover increased slightly in 2012, tracking at 17 percent compared to 16 percent in 2011, according to a recent report from the American College of Healthcare Executives. The turnover rate in 2011 and 2010 was 16 percent, and the annual rate has fluctuated between 14 and 18 percent in the last decade.
“As the retirement of baby boomers continues, the CEO turnover rate—which is already too high—may continue to increase,” says Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, president and CEO of ACHE. “Now more than ever, hospitals must ensure they have the appropriate succession plans in place to avert any potentially negative impact of leadership changes. Hospital boards and CEOs must work together to achieve this.”
ACHE's CEO turnover reports are based on changes in an organization’s chief executive officer as reported to the American Hospital Association.
|American College of Healthcare Executives|
|Hospital CEO Turnover*
|NUMBER OF HOSPITALS|
* Short-term, general medical and surgical and nonfederal hospitals.
** Based on a universal telephone study in 1990, we reduced the total turnover for the years 1981-1997 by 14.2 percent due to incorrect reporting of retained CEOs and by 9.9 percent due to the replacement of interim or acting CEOs. The total reduction is 24.1 percent. In 1998, a sample survey of 146 hospitals showed that the appropriate deflator should be 18.6 percent, which was applied to the 1998-2002 rates. In 2004, this deflator was adjusted to 18.8 percent on the basis of a survey of a sample of 150 hospitals; this was applied to the 2003-2007 rates. For the 2008 calendar year, on the basis of a survey of 300 hospitals, a new deflator of 13.04 percent was computed, which was used for 2009 and 2010 as well.
|American College of Healthcare Executives–Feb. 15, 2013
Annual CEO Turnover by State—Rates adjusted for states with 24+ turnovers
|Nonfederal, Short-Term, General Medical/Surgical Hospitals—Calendar Year 2012
|1||DIST. OF COLUMBIA||43|
|US TOTAL (50 states, DC, Puerto Rico)||17|
* This table adjusts the turnover rate downward in states with more than 23 turnovers to account for unrecorded interim and acting CEOs who are intentionally assigned to their posts for a short period.
|† More than 23 turnovers - adjusted rate
About the American College of Healthcare Executives
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.
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