Northwest Wisconsin CEO announces retirement

September 29, 2016

Randall Linton, M.D.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System for northwest Wisconsin, is announcing his retirement in April 2017.

Dr. Linton has served in his current capacity as president and CEO for the past 15 years. Prior to that, he served as a pediatrician for more than 20 years.

“During my career, I have had the honor of providing health care to young children and watching them grow into adults,” Dr. Linton says. “I also had the honor of being a part of establishing Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin and watching it develop into one of the region’s leading health care organizations. I am truly grateful for a very rewarding career. Today, the organization is financially strong and positioned to continue to meet the needs of our patients well into the future. It’s a good time to transition out of this leadership role, and I know the mission and vision of Mayo Clinic will continue to be upheld.”

“Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin has thrived under Dr. Linton’s leadership,” says Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic. “He and his team have built an organization that is a health care leader within the region, with a strong patient focus, sound business practices and clear focus on serving communities in the region. He leaves northwest Wisconsin well-positioned for his successor, and we thank him for his many years of outstanding service.”

Planning and organizing the process for selecting a successor will begin immediately, and a final selection is anticipated by January to allow for an appropriate transition period. Dr. Linton will assist his successor to ensure a smooth and seamless leadership transition. The search committee for the new leader will include regional representation. The process will focus on finding a leader with progressive health care vision, extensive leadership experience and a deep understanding of Mayo Clinic.

As a part of the transition, the title of the position will change from president and CEO to regional vice president, northwest Wisconsin region, to better align with other similar job titles and organizational structures within Mayo Clinic.

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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.

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