December 17, 2009

Shore Memorial President & CEO Albert L. Gutierrez, FACHE, MBA, RT(R), has announced the results of an 11-month planning process to name his successor as he prepares for the next stage of his career. By the end of 2011 Gutierrez plans to pursue a new professional direction and has advised the hospital’s Board of Trustees accordingly.

“I shared my intentions early on with the Board of Trustees so the selection of my successor could be done with forethought and diligence,” said Gutierrez. “After 25 years of service to the hospital—seven of those as CEO—I’ve been able to achieve many of my professional goals at Shore Memorial. We’ve created a vibrant hospital with a strong strategic plan and a solid leadership team. I have great confidence that my successor will continue to build on the success of the hospital.”

The hospital’s current chief operating officer, Ron Johnson, FACHE, MBA, has been promoted to executive vice president and will assume the duties of president and CEO by the end of 2011. With the approval of the Board, the two executives have worked through a detailed plan that will gradually transfer roles and responsibilities from Gutierrez to Johnson.

The Board of Trustees engaged the Minneapolis-based Fairley Company to facilitate an effective transition plan. The process focused on the strategic imperatives of the hospital, leadership competencies, best practices in the industry and input from key stakeholders. With those elements in mind, Johnson emerged as the leader who would best meet those requirements and sustain the progressive momentum that has been established during Gutierrez’s tenure.

“I’m honored to be named as Al’s successor,” says Johnson. “Shore Memorial has been an important part of my life for the past 13 years and I’m looking forward to this new challenge.” Johnson plans to continue the hospital’s focus on being best in class for quality, safety, efficiency and service. “To that end, we will maintain and even accelerate our collaborative efforts with our medical staff, employees, donors and community leaders.”

Since Gutierrez assumed the helm at Shore Memorial in 2002, the hospital built the region’s first comprehensive cancer center, was the first in the region to become a nationally accredited Primary Stroke Center, and was among the first three hospitals in the country to have its surgical and lumbar spine surgery programs accredited by the Joint Commission. Throughout his tenure, Gutierrez introduced multiple diagnostic imaging technologies to the community. In addition, the hospital is currently engaged in building a new 125,000 square foot surgical pavilion and a 30,000 square foot medical office building on its campus and a new, state of the art outpatient dialysis center in Northfield. Another 40,000 square foot medical office building in Egg Harbor Township is planned for completion in mid-2011.