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Roper St. Francis CEO Dunlap to retire

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By Ashley Heffernan
Published Feb. 26, 2016

David Dunlap, the president and CEO of Roper St. Francis, will retire at the end of the year, according to a news release from the hospital system.

“My wife, Pamela, and I at least once a year have a conversation about whether this will be the year that I will step away,” Dunlap said in the release. “And every time, we have agreed that I will continue because I’ve loved this job that much. I still love my job. But now, at age 72, I’ve decided with Pamela that the time is right to spend more time with family, to play golf, to travel, to serve in the community and to enjoy the privilege of living in Charleston.”

David Dunlap, who has been the president and CEO of Roper St. Francis for 13 years, will retire at the end of the year. (Photo/Roper St. Francis)

“I still love my job. But now, at age 72, I’ve decided with Pamela that the time is right to spend more time with family.”

David Dunlap
Roper St. Francis CEO

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Dunlap has led Roper St. Francis since 2003. Prior to that, he was the CEO of four other hospitals, including Memorial Medical Center in Louisiana, Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma, Parkridge Medical Center in Tennessee and Donelson Hospital in Tennessee, the release said.

Under his leadership, Roper St. Francis has built a hospital in Mount Pleasant, gained approval to build a new hospital in Goose Creek, formed a health alliance connecting physicians across the tri-county area and created a partnership with Boeing South Carolina for an employee health care plan.

“David helped move the system forward in a dramatic way,” Dr. Brian Cuddy, chairman of the Roper St. Francis board of directors, said in the release. “He had a vision about partnering with industries like Boeing to provide quality, integrated health care. The medical staff is confident about the future of Roper St. Francis because of the direction David has taken this health care system.”

Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley called Dunlap an “extraordinarily positive asset for our community.”

“His skillful and thoughtful leadership of Roper St. Francis has brought invaluable community resources to the Lowcountry, and he has improved the wellbeing of the citizens of our region,” Riley said in the release. “David has been so generous with his time and energy in support and service of so many community initiatives.”

Roper St. Francis will hire a national executive search firm to help recruit the next president and CEO, the release said.

Reach staff writer Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyBHeff on Twitter.

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