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Hospital CEO Turnover Rate Increases


CHICAGO, March 10, 2014—Hospital CEO turnover increased in 2013, tracking at 20 percent, according to a recent report from the American College of Healthcare Executives. This is the highest rate reported since ACHE began analyzing these numbers in 1981. The turnover rate in 2012 was 17 percent, and in 2011 and 2012 it was 16 percent. The annual rate has fluctuated between 14 and 18 percent in the decade prior to 2013.

“The increase in the turnover rate may be indicative of a combination of factors, including an increased number of baby boomers seeking retirement, the emerging trend toward consolidation in our industry and the complexity and amount of change going on in healthcare today,” said Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and CEO of ACHE. “The increase in the rate reinforces the need for healthcare leaders to work with their boards to ensure appropriate succession plans are in place.”

ACHE's CEO turnover rates 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*


YEAR ADJUSTED ** (percent) NUMBER OF HOSPITALS
2013 20 4,546
2012 17 4,555
2011 16 4,542
2010 16 4,567
2009 18 4,582
2008 14 4,520
2007 15 4,496
2006 15 4,546
2005 14 4,512
2004 16 4,566
2003 14 4,569
2002 14 4602
2001 15 4,624
2000 17 4,689
1999 18 4,744
1998 17 4,780
1997 16 4,842
1996 16 4,928
1995 17 4,940
1994 14 5,045
1993 14 5,030
1992 15 5,198
1991 17 5,294
1990 13 5,398
1989 16 5,454
1988 18 5,526
1987 18 5,583
1986 17 5,626
1985 16 5,651
1984 15 5,665
1983 13 5,672
1982 14 5,678
1981 14 5,687

American College of Healthcare Executives—Feb. 21, 2014 Annual CEO Turnover by State—Rates adjusted for states with more than 23 turnovers
Nonfederal, Short-Term, General Medical/Surgical Hospitals—Calendar Year 2013


Rank State Adjusted CEO Turnover Pct*

(High-turnover states)

1 ALASKA 37
2 OKLAHOMA 33†
3 ARKANSAS 30
4 PUERTO RICO 30
5 VIRGINIA 29
6 LOUISIANA 27†
7 FLORIDA 27†
8 MASSACHUSETTS 26
9 ALABAMA 25
10 KENTUCKY 25†
11 SOUTH CAROLINA 25
12 TENNESSEE 24†
13 MISSOURI 24†
14-15 NEW MEXICO 23
14-15 ARIZONA 23
16 MISSISSIPPI 23
17 NEW YORK 21†

(Medium-turnover states)

18 NORTH CAROLINA 21
19 ILLINOIS 21†
20-21 MICHIGAN 21†
20-21 CONNECTICUT 21
22 GEORGIA 20†
23-24 DELAWARE 20
23-24 HAWAII 20
25 CALIFORNIA 20†
26 TEXAS 19†
27 WASHINGTON 19
28 IDAHO 18
29 KANSAS 18
30 COLORADO 18
31 OHIO 17†
32 NEW HAMPSHIRE 16
33 MARYLAND 16
34-35 NORTH DAKOTA 15
33-35 WYOMING 15

(Low-turnover states)

36 IOWA 15
37-38 INDIANA 15
37-38 NEVADA 15
39 MINNESOTA 15
40-41 DIST. OF COLUMBIA 14
40-41 UTAH 14
42 PENNSYLVANIA 14
43 WISCONSIN 14
44 OREGON 13
45 MAINE 11
46 MONTANA 11
47 SOUTH DAKOTA 11
48 NEBRASKA 11
49 WEST VIRGINIA 10
50 NEW JERSEY 10
51-52 VERMONT 0
51-52 RHODE ISLAND 0
US TOTAL (50 states, DC, Puerto Rico) 20

 

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