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St. Elizabeth CEO Steps Down After Medical Diagnosis

The leader of Northern Kentucky's largest employer has stepped down.

John Dubis, the CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, is leaving his position after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He joined St. E in 2007 as chief operating officer, prior to the system's merger with St. Luke and the launch of the St. Elizabeth Physicians network. He became chief operating officer in 2011.

"It is a sign of an organization's strength and maturity when the departure of a key executive does not disrupt its focus and day-to-day pursuit of excellence," Votruba wrote. "We know that St. Elizabeth will continue to deliver the high quality care for which it is well known as we proceed through this transition process."

Garrett Colvin, who replaced Dubis as chief operating officer, will now replace him as interim CEO, the Cincinnati Business Courier reported.

St. E has more than 7,000 employees in the region.

Board chairman Jim Votruba, the former Northern Kentucky University president, told employees in an email that business would continue as usual. "It is a sign of an organization's strength and maturity when the departure of a key executive does not disrupt its focus and day-to-day pursuit of excellence," Votruba wrote, according to the Business Courier. "We know that St. Elizabeth will continue to deliver the high quality care for which it is well known as we proceed through this transition process."

Photo: John Dubis