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MSHA CEO to retire in December

Dennis Vonderfecht’s last day as the Mountain States Health Alliance chief executive officer and president has been declared Dec. 31, 2013.
Vonderfecht announced his plan to retire by the end of the 2013 calendar year on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
After the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon on Thursday, Vonderfecht assured his retirement would not impact the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital acquisition at all.
He said the health system’s board members have been very involved in the process.
“The [Mountain States] board obviously is very committed to this,” Vonderfecht said. “They’ve been to every event we’ve had that’s been any kind of public event here.”
In a letter sent to MSHA team members, Vonderfecht reflected on his career and provided insight into his future plans.
“It has been an honor and a great pleasure to serve as President and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance for the past 23 years,” Vonderfecht wrote.
“We’ve celebrated many milestones along the way, and I’m immensely proud of what this organization has become.”
Vonderfecht said his main concern during his retirement will be spending time with family.
“My wife, Peggy, and I look forward to spending more time with our daughters and their families, including our two grandsons, Caleb (age 3) and Noah (5 months), who affectionately know us as ‘Bubbles’ and ‘Nonna,’” Vonderfecht wrote. “I look forward to being engaged in many other areas of interest that I have, including our donkeys, gardening, travel, and church activities. No doubt I will continue to be involved in some aspects of health care; however, my most important goal at this stage of my life is to enjoy my family.”
According to a MSHA press release, Vonderfecht came to Northeast Tennessee from Kansas City, Mo., in 1990 to become CEO of Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC).
“He had previously served as regional vice president of Research Health Services System,” the release states.

For the remainder of this article please see the March 5, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.