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CHICAGO, April 18, 2005—Hospital CEO turnover increased slightly in 2004, tracking 16 percent nationwide, up from 14 percent in 2003. Turnover in 2002 was also 14 percent.

“While the increase in CEO turnover is small, we still believe turnover overall is too high,” says Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D., FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of the American College of Healthcare Executives. “Through a variety of efforts targeted at CEOs and trustees, ACHE is working to reduce turnover every year,” Dolan adds.

The American College of Healthcare Executives first started tracking the rate of CEO turnover in 1980. The reports are based on changes in an organization’s chief executive officer as reported to the American Hospital Association.

Annual CEO Turnover Rates for Non-Federal, General Medical/Surgical, Short-Term Hospitals

Calendar Year
Qualifying Hospitals CEO Turnover Rate*
1996 4,928 16%
1997 4,842 16%
1998 4,780 17%
1999 4,744 18%
2000 4,689 17%
2001 4,624 15%
2002 4,602 14%
2003 4,569 14%
2004 4,566 16%

* To account for the interim and acting CEOs who are intentionally assigned to their posts for a short period, the data has been adjusted downward. Because these adjustments are based on a representative sample and therefore contain a margin of error, the annual percentage rates reported are rounded to the nearest whole number.

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