ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The President and CEO of Hendrick Health System Tim Lancaster announced Thursday his plan to retire at the end of 2018, according to a Hendrick Health System press release.
“The decision to retire was a difficult one for me to make,” Lancaster said in the release. “I have enjoyed working with such an outstanding Board, medical staff and employees, that stepping away will be hard. However, leadership is strong throughout the organization, and it will continue to thrive and do great things for the people in this area.”
Lancaster became CEO in 2004, and is only the fourth individual to serve in this position in the hospital’s 96-year history, according to the release.
Members of the Hendrick Health system praised Lancaster for his leadership over the last 14 years.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we want to express our sincerest appreciation for Tim’s excellent leadership during his tenure as CEO,” Hendrick Medical Center Board Chair David Morris said in the release. “Under Tim’s leadership, the financial condition of the hospital is good, giving us the ability to maintain current services, and also to provide new lines of services for our community.”
Lancaster was instrumental in leading Project 2010, an $86 million expansion that added many new facilities and resources to Hendrick Hospital. Lancaster also helped in expanding the Abilene campus of Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center, according to the release.