Adventist HealthCare President and CEO William G. Robertson is leaving the Gaithersburg-based medical organization to become president and CEO of MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., officials said on Monday.
Robertson, 54, who has been president and CEO of Adventist since 2000, will leave April 4.
MultiCare Health has more employees than Adventist with about 10,000 workers, compared to about 6,200 among Adventist’s hospitals and other facilities. Robertson, who could not be reached for comment, said in a statement that Adventist has a “very bright future and is well-positioned to be a leader in the state as more of an emphasis is placed on preventive health and wellness.”
Dave Weigley, chairman of Adventist’s board of trustees, will be working on a formal selection process for a new CEO in the coming weeks, said Tom Grant, an Adventist spokesman.
Besides overseeing a growth spurt at Adventist, Robertson has been a leader at a wide range of business and community organizations. He has been a board chairman of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, on the executive committee of the Maryland Hospital Association, chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and a board member of the Strathmore Hall Foundation and BioHealth Innovation, among others.
“Montgomery County and the chamber have benefited immensely from the visionary leadership of Bill Robertson,” said Gigi Godwin, president and CEO of the Montgomery County chamber. “He will be sorely missed.”
The chamber will also be looking for a new economic development committee chairman, a position Robertson has held for several years. Robertson has been an innovative leader on legislative issues and the chamber’s business practices, and helped the organization grow significantly, Godwin said.
Adventist HealthCare also grew significantly under Robertson to become the largest provider of medical services in the county. Since 2000, the organization has added to Montgomery County’s health services the Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Behavioral Health, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, Adventist Medical Group and the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center.
Last year, its three largest hospitals, Shady Grove Adventist in Rockville, Washington Adventist in Takoma Park and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in New Jersey, were named top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission.
The Hackettstown center remains a part of Adventist, Grant said. News reports in January said Atlantic Health agreed to purchase it for $54 million. Grant said the sale awaits New Jersey state approvals.
Prior to joining Adventist, Robertson was CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center near Kansas City and executive vice president of the former Huguley Health System in Texas. He earned an MBA from Texas Christian University and a bachelor of science in accounting from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee.