Prisma Health to search for new CEO

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    Prisma Health has launched a national search for a new CEO, the organization announced in a statement Friday.

    Greenville Health System and Midlands-based Palmetto Health announced their merger in November 2017 to create Prisma Health, the largest health system in South Carolina and one of the 50 largest systems in the United States.

    The former CEO of GHS, Michael Riordan, and the former CEO of Palmetto Health, Charles Beaman Jr., will step down at the end of the year. Both are currently serving as co-CEOs of Prisma, whose executive home office will be in Greenville.

    GHS and Palmetto Health will officially retire their logos sometime this year.

    A statement from the organization said the search process, led by Witt/Kieffer Inc., is expected to conclude this summer, with a new CEO in place by late summer.

    “We are committed to finding the right leader, just as we are committed to improving the health and well-being of people in the Midlands, the Upstate and, ultimately, the entire state,” said James E. “Rick” Wheeler, vice president of M-D MetalSource and chair of the Prisma Health board of directors, in the statement.

    The six-member search committee is made up of Prisma Health board of directors member Jerry Odom, a distinguished professor emeritus and provost emeritus of the University of South Carolina; Calvin H. Elam, CEO and senior financial adviser at Elam Financial Group; Frances DeLoache Ellison, retired attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; board vice chair Michelle B. Seaver, president of United Community Bank for Greenville County; Wheeler; and Richard “Dick” Wilkerson, retired chairman and president of Michelin North America.

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