Duane Dauner, who has served as president and CEO of the Sacramento-based California Hospital Association since 1985, will retire at the end of his current contract on Dec. 31, 2018.
The CHA said a nationwide search for Dauner’s eventual replacement will begin next month.
Once the new president/CEO is on board, Dauner will serve as a consultant through the end of 2018, CHA officials said.
The association, which also has an office in Washington, D.C., bills itself as one of the largest health care trade associations in the nation, representing more than 400 hospitals and health systems in California.
“California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems, CHA and all California hospitals have benefited from Duane Dauner’s leadership, public policy acumen and advocacy skills for more than three decades,” Jim Holmes, chairman of the CAHHS and CHA boards, said in a statement.