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UnityPoint Health, St. Luke's announce retirement of CEO Peter Thoreen

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UnityPoint Health and UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s announces the retirement of Peter Thoreen as CEO of St. Luke’s by the end of 2015. Thoreen will continue assisting UnityPoint Health with development and other projects through the end of the year.

Since taking the helm of St. Luke’s 12 years ago, Thoreen has achieved a number of great successes for St. Luke’s and UnityPoint Health. Under his leadership, St. Luke’s opened its Same Day Surgery and Physician Center buildings on the hospital’s campus and completed multi-million dollar projects in St. Luke’s Birth Center and surgical services areas. In 2013, St. Luke’s also celebrated the opening of Sunnybrook Medical Plaza, an outpatient facility created around the philosophy of coordinated care offering specialty services in one of community’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

In addition to leading St. Luke’s growth and expansion, Thoreen has been committed to collaborative efforts to enhance health care services in Siouxland, serving as a long-term board member and supporter for the June E. Nylen Cancer Center, Hospice of Siouxland and the Family Practice Medical Center. With his vision for improved coordinated care, Thoreen embraced Siouxland PACE, a program of all inclusive care for the elderly. Because of his original commitment to the program, developed by Hospice of Siouxland, and his continued support once the program was acquired by St. Luke’s , hundreds of at-risk, vulnerable citizens receive coordinated care and an enhanced quality of life with reduced cost to their government-sponsored insurance programs.

Most recently, Thoreen has been working in a dual capacity as CEO of St. Luke’s and Interim CEO of Meriter – UnityPoint Health in Madison, Wisconsin, a role he assumed in June 2014. With the appointment of a new CEO at Meriter, Thoreen will be returning to Sioux City until his retirement as CEO at St. Luke’s.

“Peter is an exceptional leader who has won the respect of the Siouxland community, the employees of St. Luke’s and UnityPoint Health. His honesty, genuineness, humility and never- ending passion for improving the lives of the people and the communities we serve is inspiring. We are very grateful for the advancements that have been made under Peter’s leadership and guidance,” says Bill Leaver, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health.

“During his tenure, Peter has pushed the organization, our hospital and Sioux City leaders for innovative ways that we can make Siouxland a better place to live for the people who call our community home. Because of his forethought, life in Siouxland has been greatly enhanced,” adds Skip Perley, Board Chair of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s. “In addition to his dedication to health care, Peter has never wavered in his commitment to community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland, Siouxland United Way, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA and the Sioux City Symphony. His contributions to those organizations have greatly impacted their efforts in our community and his influence will have a positive effect for many years to come.”

Thoreen first joined St. Luke’s in 2002 as Chief Operating Officer before assuming the duties of CEO in 2003. Prior to St. Luke’s, he worked for Banner Health System in Spearfish, South Dakota and served as CEO for Dakota Heartland Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. In total, Thoreen has more than 30 years of experience leading hospitals and health care organizations throughout the Midwest.

Thoreen received the American College of Healthcare Executives Iowa Regent’s Award in 2008 and was honored with the Iowa Hospital Association’s Senior Executive Leadership Award in 2012. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Thoreen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Master of Health Administration in Hospital Administration, all from the University of Minnesota.

A search committee for St. Luke’s next President and CEO has been organized, with the selection process expected to take approximately four to six months.