Head Of Massive Hospital Corporation To Hand Off CEO Role

In a statement, Bracken says "This planned transition and the appointment of Milton as CEO is consistent with our Company’s succession strategy.  We are very fortunate to have him to lead the way in the coming years.  His knowledge of our industry and years of experience with HCA make him ideally suited for this role.  I look forward to supporting Milton in his new position and to continuing to serve HCA as Chairman." Photo credit HCA

In a statement, Bracken says “This planned transition and the appointment of Milton as CEO is consistent with our Company’s succession strategy. … I look forward to supporting Milton in his new position and to continuing to serve HCA as Chairman.” Photo credit HCA

The CEO of Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America will step aside at the end of the year.  Richard Bracken joined HCA three decades ago, and despite handing off his role as CEO he’ll stay on as chairman of the board.

Bracken first became CEO as well as chairman at HCA in 2009.  Replacing him in the chief executive role this winter will be Milton Johnson, another top official with the company, which owns more than a hundred hospitals.

In a statement HCA says the upcoming transition is in line with the company’s succession plan, and Bracken calls Johnson “ideally suited” for the job.  Last year Bracken reportedly earned more than $40 million, mostly in stock options.

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