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Sutter Health’s chief medical officer to retire in April next year

Dr. Gordon Hunt, chief medical officer of Sacramento-based Sutter Health, will retire in April 2015, wrapping up a stretch of more than 20 years with Sutter.

Hunt, 67, came to Sutter Health in 1994 as vice president for medical affairs and became chief medical officer for Sutter Health’s Sacramento-area operations in 1995. He was named Sutter’s chief medical officer in 1997.

“Dr. Hunt has been the compassionate leadership force behind multiple initiatives that demonstrate the highest value our network of care can offer – improved care quality for patients,” Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry said in a statement accompanying the announcement.

As chief medical officer, Hunt created or oversaw numerous Sutter Health programs, including the introduction of “Blue Ribbon” teams that examined clinical and safety practices of various respected health care providers around the nation, with Sutter Health subsequently adopting select improvements based on the teams’ reports.

Board-certified in both internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, Hunt began caring for patients in Sacramento in 1978. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University and also obtained a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Davis.