Trinity Health CEO Richard Gilfillan to depart in June

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Richard Gilfillan, M.D., the CEO of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, will step down from his role in June. The Catholic health system's board unanimously elected President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Slubowski to become the next CEO as of July 1. (Pixabay)

Richard Gilfillan, the CEO of Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health, will step down from his role in June.

Richard Gilfillan (Trinity Health)

Officials announced that Gilfillan, M.D., notified Trinity's board of directors in September of his plans, citing his desire to spend more time with family after years of commuting from Washington, D.C. The board began implementing a succession plan and unanimously elected President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Slubowski to become the next CEO as of July 1.

"The Board’s vision is for Trinity Health to lead nationally in creating a high-value health system. While we have made significant progress toward that goal there is still much work to be done,” Gilfillan said. “Mike Slubowski has been a great partner over these past 18 months and is committed to continuing that effort." 

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Gilfillan joined Trinity Health as its CEO in November 2013 following a merger with Catholic Health East. At the time, the system had 82 hospitals and 81 continuing care locations in 21 states with annual revenue of $13.3 billion. The system has since grown to have 94 hospitals, 109 continuing care locations in 22 states with revenue of $18.3 billion.

The system, which provides nearly 2% of acute inpatient healthcare services and has about 133,000 employees across the country, has also reduced hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions, improved sepsis mortality and decreased significantly the use of opioids, officials said. The system's accountable care organization manages a patient population of more than 1.5 million people.

Mike Slubowski (Trinity Health)

“For the people we serve, Rick’s bold and innovative leadership has transformed Trinity Health from a system focused primarily on acute care to an accountable, people-centered health system that provides outstanding episodic care, population health management and community health and well- being services to address the social determinants of health," said Trinity Health Board Chair James Bentley in a statement. 

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Slubowski joined Trinity Health as President and COO in May 2017. He previously served as president and CEO of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System in Broomfield, Colorado. He had also previously served as president of hospital and health networks at Trinity Health and had worked at Trinity Health for 13 years.

Slubowski also spent 10 years with Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, where he was vice president of Ambulatory Satellites and Prepayment Programs.

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