UnityPoint Health-Pekin President Bob Haley will retire after the first of the year to spend more time with family after four years as head of the 100-plus-year-old facility.

“I’ve been a CEO for 36-plus years, and I have four grandkids and one on the way,” said Haley. “And I just thought I would go back to Texas and spend time with them. So Scarlet and I are going to go back to Texas after the first of the year.

“We started building a house in February, so our house is being finished the end of this month, and I just felt that UnityPoint is delivering on everything they said they would. It’s a good time to make a change.”

Haley will be here to see the completion of one of his final projects — the physicians center on Griffin Avenue will be finished at the end of this month and open for business after the first of the year. Haley said it would take that long to outfit the hospital with furnishings and medical equipment.

In his four years, the thing Haley is most proud of is the standing of the hospital, which affiliated with UnityPoint Health in January.

“I’m leaving the hospital in great hands,” said Haley. “UnityPoint is a very good partner, and I know that they will keep health care local for many years to come.”

Haley made the announcement Thursday morning to board members and staff of UnityPoint Health-Pekin.

“We are proud of the significant work Bob has done during his time here,” said Ron Miller, UPH-Pekin board chairman, in a press release. “Because of Bob’s leadership, UnityPoint Health-Pekin is well positioned for a bright future.”

Haley spearheaded several key initiatives during his tenure — oversaw the recruitment of several new physicians to ProHealth Medical Group, the addition of a hospital-based MRI system and 3D mammography equipment, developed a cardiac and vascular state-of-the-art lab, initiated construction of a new medical office building, and is responsible for leading Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems to the affiliation agreement with UnityPoint Health.

“It has been a pleasure working with Bob to enhance access to health care in the Pekin community,” said Debbie Simon, UPH regional CEO, in the press release.

Simon and the UnityPoint Health-Pekin Board of Directors will develop a transition plan over the next several weeks. Details will be announced at a later date.

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