The president and chief executive officer of Mishawaka-based Saint Joseph Health System is retiring. Al Gutierrez, who joined the health system in 2010, will step down at the end of the year.
Michigan-based Trinity Health, which owns Saint Joseph, will work with Gutierrez to determine the projects he can support following his retirement, according to a press release from the health system. Gutierrez was named one of the nation’s top 25 minority executives by Modern Healthcare in 2012.
"My time at Saint Joseph Health System has been very rewarding, having been able to play a role in fostering the growth and continued successes of this strong, faith-based organization," said Gutierrez. "We have worked hard to establish an incredible team of committed professionals and top-of-the-line resources and protocols to ensure we are doing everything possible to provide the best care to the communities we serve. I will retire later this year with the excitement and anticipation of watching this organization thrive and excel in the years to come."
Saint Joseph Health System Board Chairman Abe Marcus will lead a search committee to find a successor for Gutierrez. The search is expected to be complete by December.
"Locating SJHS’ next President and CEO is an undertaking that the organization will move forward with in a very deliberate manner – to ensure we are able to identify the right candidate who will be able to continue SJHS’ mission – and continue to provide the best care possible to those in our community," said Marcus. "Al will be a tough act to follow – but this community deserves the best – so we plan to work hard to find the best leader for this organization."
As the search is conducted, Gutierrez will continue to lead the system’s People-Centered 2020 strategic plan.