Aug 6 2012
Most Healthcare Organizations Have No Succession Plan in Place,
According to Witt/Kieffer Survey
“Sixty has become the new 50,” said Elaina Genser, Witt/Kieffer senior vice president and western region managing director. “Seventy-one (71) percent of healthcare CEOs aged 55 to 59 have no plans to retire. While it’s encouraging that so many want to see through the challenges healthcare faces, these CEOs will transition out of their role at some point, and the need for succession planning in healthcare organizations is clear.
“The time is now for CEOs to work with their boards and senior management teams to identify and mentor potential successors and develop a succession plan. Planning today will make the transition smoother for the CEO, board and entire organization when retirement becomes a reality.”
Key survey findings also include:
- Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they have goals to achieve before retiring, and 83 percent feel they need to help solve the challenges in healthcare.
- Nearly three-quarters said that the board does not want them to retire yet.
- Less than 40 percent of healthcare CEOs have worked with the board to develop a formal succession planning process, and only about one-third have mentored their successor.
- Between now and retirement, 73 percent want to explore more options for leisure activities, and almost half want to explore a second career, many in teaching or consulting roles.
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