COLUMBIA — George Zara, president and CEO of Providence Hospitals, has announced plans to retire next month.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with the thousands of talented employees and health care professionals of Providence Hospitals. Every day, they are the hands that provide the highest quality health care in the state,” said Zara. “I will always be a strong supporter and friend to this fine institution and its wonderful people.”
Since Zara took the helm in 2008, Providence Hospitals has expanded services through developing strategic relationships with South Carolina Heart Center, which is a well known leader across the state in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, and the Moore Center for Orthopedics, a practice known nationally for its pioneering advancements in orthopedic medical care.
Zara also led the recent $38 million renovation of Providence Hospital Northeast to create comprehensive orthopedic services at the facility.
“George has achieved much, and he continues to be a very active and forward-thinking leader. In collaboration with the Sisters of Charity Health System, Providence is advancing plans that respond to the changing health care environment and best prepare for a future that includes complex industry-wide challenges,” said Michael Kapp, chair of the board of directors of Providence Hospitals. “We celebrate George’s tremendous contributions, and look forward to welcoming another leader who will be as focused on Providence Hospitals’ delivery of a higher standard of care for the Midlands.”
The Sisters of Charity Health System leadership and Providence board will develop plans for a search to select the next president and CEO of Providence Hospitals. Zara’s last day will be February 14. David Cecero, senior vice president of health care operations at the Sisters of Charity Health System, will continue to support operations with the Providence Hospitals leadership team.
“We have every confidence that Providence’s leadership will continue this ministry’s momentum in quality, excellence and advancement of the healing mission of our founding sisters,” said Terrence Kessler, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System.