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President of Sacred Heart Medical Center announces retirement

Michael Wilson Michael Wilson

SPOKANE - Michael Wilson, President and Chief Executive for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital, announced today that he has accepted a favorable opportunity for early retirement from Providence Health & Services.

"I have had a long and wonderful 27-year career with Providence and have been very open that I planned to retire two to three years after helping to hire the new chief executive for Providence Health Care in Eastern Washington," Wilson says. "Andy Agwunobi, MD, has been in his position for more than a year now, and his visionary leadership and deep devotion to the Providence Mission, along with a strong leadership team, allows me to make this decision and pass on the reigns to my talented colleagues to carry the organization into the future," he adds.

To ensure a smooth transition, Wilson will serve in an advisory role for at least the next three months, working closely with the executive team, and will represent Providence in numerous state and regional boards. In addition, he will be involved in the current Certificate of Need process for the planned six-year expansion of Sacred Heart. Dr. Agwunobi will assume the Chief Executive role for Sacred Heart and Holy Family this week in addition to his PHC responsibilities, and will work closely with Elaine Couture, Sacred Heart's Chief Operating Officer and President of Holy Family Hospital.

"Mike's contributions to this organization are substantial, and the impact he has had on this community with his health care leadership is outstanding," says Dr. Agwunobi. "The growth and vision he has spearheaded over the past 21 years at Sacred Heart is evidence of the positive impact he has had on health care for the entire region."

Wilson has served in top leadership roles at both Sacred Heart and Holy Family, most recently as President and Chief Executive over the two campuses.  "I am particularly proud to have worked with so many others who deserve the credit as we have nurtured a Medical Center known nationwide for excellence, quality and mission-based care," says Wilson.

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