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August 5, 2011

IU Goshen Hospital's CEO, president retiring

GOSHEN — After 17 years of leading Goshen Hospital and Health System, Indiana University Health Goshen Chief Executie Officer and President James O. Dague has announced plans to retire. 

In 1995, Dague came to Goshen hospital, which was struggling with a difficult financial situation, changing trends in health care, and not enough physicians to respond to the community needs, according to IU Goshen Hospital officials. 

In its annual strategic planning retreat, the board expressed appreciation both for Dague’s accomplishments and his steady leadership over the past 17 years.

 “Health System CEOs typically remain for less than five years. Goshen has been fortunate to have the steady leadership and outstanding talent of Jim Dague for over 16 years,” said board chair Mike Kubacki. “We greatly appreciate his willingness to work with the board to ensure a smooth and positive transition.  His passionate commitment to this organization and the health of this community will be missed.”

While not naming a specific departure date, Dague noted that he wanted to give the board plenty of time to find a successor.  “While considering retirement, I wanted to give the board adequate time to make a smooth leadership transition.”

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