MeritCare PresidentCEO Announces Retirement Plans

Dr. Roger Gilbertson, president and chief executive officer, MeritCare Health System, Fargo, N.D., has announced his intent to retire by the end of 2009. His retirement will be timed with the hiring of a new president/CEO to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

Dr. Roger Gilbertson, president and chief executive officer, MeritCare Health System, Fargo, N.D., has announced his intent to retire by the end of 2009. His retirement will be timed with the hiring of a new president/CEO to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

Gilbertson's announcement coincides with the culmination of MeritCare's year-long Centennial celebration. Gilbertson said, "This decision is bittersweet for me, but I leave confident that MeritCare is well-poised for the future. I take great pride in the work being done throughout the organization, across departments and locations, to ensure patient-focused care is delivered all day, every day."

Gilbertson, 72, is MeritCare's first and only president/CEO. He became CEO in 1993 when St. Luke's Hospitals and Fargo Clinic merged to become MeritCare. Prior to his 16 years as president/CEO, Gilbertson, a neuroradiologist, practiced medicine for 30 years – he owned a medical imaging company in Fargo and was affiliated with The Neuropsychiatric Institute and Fargo Clinic.

One of Gilbertson's most notable accomplishments is firmly establishing the vision for coordinated health care in the region, starting with his key role in the merger of St. Luke's Hospitals and Fargo Clinic and expansion of MeritCare's regional network from a primarily Fargo-based operation to a regional health care system (spanning approximately the size of the state of New York).

Gilbertson is a native of Lake Park, Minn. He graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., and the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.