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Dr. David Pate to retire as St. Luke's Health System CEO

Dr. Pate has led the state's largest private employer for the past 10 years.

St. Luke's Health System President and CEO Dr. David Pate announced he plans to retire at the end of January.

Dr. Pate has led Idaho's largest private employer since August of 2009.

"I wish to thank the St. Luke's Health System Board of Directors for this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead St. Luke's through this tremendous time of transformation," Dr. Pate said in a statement on Wednesday. "The board entrusted this precious community asset to me, and I am glad to be able to say that I will leave our organization well positioned, financially, structurally and operationally, and decisively headed into an innovative, integrated and very bright future."

Before coming to St. Luke's, he held executive roles at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

St. Luke's announced Wednesday afternoon that Chris Roth will succeed Dr. Pate in February.

"Chris is a terrific leader, a strong relationship-builder and someone who is deeply knowledgeable of St. Luke's and the forces that impact health care," St. Luke's Health System Board of Directors Chairman Rich Raimondi said. "Dr. Pate's vision and leadership have elevated St. Luke's so that we are looked to as a model of health-care transformation. Chris was the logical successor, given his experience, track record and passion for St. Luke's and our mission."

Roth is currently the senior vice president and chief operating officer for St. Luke's. He joined St. Luke’s in 2007.