Longtime HealthEast CEO Tim Hanson to Retire

HealthEast will launch a national search to find a replacement for Tim Hanson, who has held leadership positions within the health care system for nearly 40 years.

Tim Hanson, the longtime president and CEO of the HealthEast Care System, on Wednesday announced that he plans to retire in January 2012.

Hanson has held his leadership positions at HealthEast for nearly 40 years. The health care system said that it will launch a national search-including candidates both inside and outside the organization-to select a new CEO by the end of this year.

In 1973, Hanson launched his career as vice president of Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul-which became part of the HealthEast system in 1986 when it was formed. He was named president and CEO of HealthEast in 1989.

Hanson has held leadership positions at the Minnesota Hospital Association, the St. Paul United Way, the University of Minnesota's health care administration alumni foundation, and other entities. He has also served on the boards of the Minnesota Business Partnership, the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, and the Capital City Partnership, among other organizations.

“My lifelong passion has been to provide our patients with the highest-quality health care,” Hanson said in a statement, adding that the system has been recognized among the top 10 health care systems in the nation by Thomson Reuters. “HealthEast is the benchmark for health care quality in the Twin Cities.”

The HealthEast Care System operates Bethesda Hospital; St. John's Hospital in Maplewood; St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul; and Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury.