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St. Luke’s CEO to retire, new leader named for large health system

Dr. David Pate will leave St. Luke’s Health System early next year, after ten years at the helm of the large hospital group.

Pate spent the past ten years with St. Luke’s as it rapidly expanded around the state, rising to the top private employer in Idaho (in terms of employees working in the state. Boise-based Albertsons, which is also private, has more employees nationwide).

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“I wish to thank the St. Luke’s Health System Board of Directors for this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead St. Luke’s through this tremendous time of transformation,” Pate said in a prepared statement. “The board entrusted this precious community asset to me, and I am glad to be able to say that I will leave our organization well positioned, financially, structurally and operationally, and decisively headed into an innovative, integrated and very bright future.”

The health system’s board elevated Chris Roth, St. Luke’s senior vice president and COO to the top job starting in February.

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“Chris is a terrific leader, a strong relationship-builder and someone who is deeply knowledgeable of St. Luke’s and the forces that impact health care,” board chair Rich Raimondi said in a statment “Dr. Pate’s vision and leadership have elevated St. Luke’s so that we are looked to as a model of health-care transformation. Chris was the logical successor, given his experience, track record and passion for St. Luke’s and our mission.”

Roth started with the non-profit hospital system in 2007.

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