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Craig Hospital president/CEO plans to retire at end of year

Mike Fordyce's 10-year legacy includes expansion project to campus


The president and CEO of Craig Hospital, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital for people who have sustained spinal cord and/or brain injuries, will retire effective Jan. 1, 2019, according to a news release.

Mike Fordyce has been with Craig Hospital for 10 years.

“Over the past decade, Mike has built upon Craig's legacy of providing world-class care to patients and their families,” said Justin Moninger, chair of the Craig Hospital Board of Directors. “During his tenure, Craig has consistently been named a top employer and the hospital's unique culture has attracted some of the finest medical professionals and staff in the nation. I'm grateful for Mike's leadership and the position he has put Craig in, which will allow us to positively impact the lives of our patients for years to come.”

Fordyce oversaw a $90 million, three-year construction and expansion project to the hospital's campus. He served on the Craig Hospital Board of Directors from 1998 to 2005 and was chairman of the board in 2003-04.

“It has been an honor to lead Craig Hospital alongside our dedicated management team and staff,” Fordyce said. “Craig has a legacy of providing a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow-up services. I am confident that Craig will continue to consistently achieve some of the highest quality outcomes for people who have sustained a spinal cord and/or brain injury.” 

A committee has been put in place by the hospital's board of directors to conduct a thorough, national search for candidates to replace Fordyce. David Conner from the executive search firm of Witt Kieffer has been engaged to work on behalf of the search committee to lead the process.

The committee is being chaired by Craig's incoming board chair Bob Ladenburger and will consist of current and former board members, Dr. Bill Scelza from the CNS Medical Group and Fordyce.

The board's goal is to announce the new president and CEO of Craig toward the end of the year.


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