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Methodist CEO John Fraser Announces Retirement Plan

Published: Dec. 30, 2016

OMAHA - John Fraser has announced he will retire from his role as President and CEO of Methodist Health System on December 31, 2017.

John Fraser joined Methodist Health System as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Methodist Hospital in 1991. He was named president and CEO of the hospital in 1997, a position he held until 2007, when he was appointed president and CEO of Methodist Health System.

During his tenure at Methodist Hospital, Fraser led the planning and construction of Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, as well as Methodist HealthWest. He was also instrumental in updating and maintaining the facility's clinical technology, including a $20-million renovation of the entire hospital.

In Fraser's time as the chief administrator, Methodist Hospital also earned numerous awards and certifications-most notably, being awarded Magnet(r) status by the American Nurses Association Nurses Credentialing Center-the first hospital so designated in the state of Nebraska.

“My wife, Debbie, and I have had the great privilege of being a part of the Methodist family for the past 25 years,” said Fraser. “It is such an honor to be associated with Methodist Health System, an organization whose people truly live The Meaning of Care.”

On January 1, 2017, Methodist Hospital President and CEO Steve Goeser will expand his role as the new Methodist Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in preparation for the transition. He was named to an additional role as Methodist Health System Vice President of Clinical Services earlier this year. In his new capacity, Goeser will retain all of his current responsibilities and add the supervision of Methodist Health System Corporate Office departments.

Steve Goeser was named president and chief executive officer of Methodist Hospital in 2007, overseeing Methodist Hospital and its divisions, including the Methodist Women’s Hospital. He joined Methodist Hospital in June 2004 as vice president.

The succession plan has the full approval of the Methodist Health System Board and follows the transition pattern established with the founding of Methodist Health System in 1982.