After four years as Chief Executive Officer at St. John’s Medical
Center, Dr. Lou Hochheiser has announced his retirement, effective June
30, 2016. “I will celebrate my 80th birthday in May and it is time
for me to pay more attention to my wife, myself, and my family,” he said.
"It's really a perfect time for St. John's to begin considering
the leadership that will follow me," said Dr. Hochheiser. "The
Medical Center is in superior condition and in good hands with our board
of trustees, an engaged medical staff, excellent hospital staff, and an
experienced, dynamic executive team."
Dr. Hochheiser moved to Jackson Hole in 2007 to be closer to family. He
and his wife Margaret wanted to support their daughter Annie Putnam, who
was expected to deliver her first child several weeks ahead of her due date.
Lou and Margaret, a psychologist, quickly became leaders in local healthcare,
with particular interest in community wellbeing. Dr. Hochheiser became
the first appointed Advisor to the St. John’s Medical Center Board
of Trustees, a position he held for three years prior to being named CEO.
"Lou has been at the helm during a very positive, transformative time
for the Medical Center. He has consistently provided leadership and wise
counsel," said Board Chairman Michael Tennican. "Recognizing
Lou's five decades of contributions to health care, we offer him our
deep gratitude and heartfelt support for a long and successful retirement."
Tennican credited Dr. Hochheiser with advancing the Medical Center in several
key areas, including clinical quality, medical staff development, community
relations, and financial stability.
Under Dr. Hochheiser's leadership, the hospital completed a major renovation
and expansion to improve facilities and clinical care in Surgery, Oncology,
and the Birth Center. Other clinical advances included the addition of
important specialties to the St. John's Physician Practices group.
These include cardiology, general surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Community partnerships have blossomed, too. The Medical Center helped lead
the first-ever comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment and first
"22 in 21" health symposium with The Charture Institute.
"My priority is to have St. John's function as a leader and partner
to improve the health of our community," said Dr. Hochheiser. "We
are also now working closely with the Library, area schools, the Counseling
Center, the Rec Center, and many other community partners."
Dr. Hochheiser also forged affiliations with regional hospitals to enhance
coordination of patient care. These included the affiliation with University
of Utah Health Care in 2013 and the affiliation with Sublette County Rural
Health Care District in 2015.
Tennican noted that all of these advances have been achieved while keeping
hospital finances strong and stable. Annual price increases have been
below state and national averages. St. John's has been able to provide
regular wage increases to employees, and the hospital's credit rating
The St. John's Medical Center Board of Trustees will begin a comprehensive
recruitment process for Chief Executive Officer immediately. "The
advance notice Lou has provided, along with his willingness to assist
during this transition, will be very helpful," said Tennican. "We
anticipate a smooth process."
Media Contact: Karen Connelly,
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
care, clinical excellence, and community wellness through a full-service
hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center. For more information, visit tetonhospital.org