Kettering Health announces retirement of CEO Fred Manchur

Kettering Health on Wednesday announced Chief Executive Officer Fred Manchur plans to retire from his position, effective Dec. 31.

“It has been the greatest blessing of my life to work alongside the incredible medical professionals and staff of Kettering Health for more than 20 years. Their accomplishments and the progress we have made as a hospital system are a great source of pride for me in our service to this community,” said Fred Manchur, CEO of Kettering Health, in a statement. “This felt like the right time to step away for both me and the organization. I look forward to spending more time with family and friends as I begin the next chapter of my life and know that I leave Kettering Health in great hands under the guidance of the board and our capable leadership team.”

In a statement, the health system said the Kettering Health Board will use the next few weeks to identify a qualified executive search firm to lead a national search for its next CEO. Attracting the right candidate to take Manchur’s place will require a process of several months, the health network said.

The board will be working to identify an interim CEO in the near future due to the length of the expected candidate search, as well as due to Manchur taking a leave of absence in advance of his retirement, the statement said.

Manchur’s healthcare career has spanned more than four decades, including 21 years of service at Kettering Health.

Manchur was named CEO at Kettering in 2010 and led the transition of rebranding Kettering Health Network to Kettering Health in 2021. He oversaw 14 medical centers throughout the Dayton region, including Dayton, Beavercreek, Moraine, Middletown, Hamilton, Xenia, Huber Heights, Miamisburg, Troy, Piqua, Springfield, and more.

He also oversaw more than 120 outpatient centers and numerous joint ventures. The Kettering Physician Network also includes more than 700 board-certified providers, and Kettering College, a division of Kettering Health Main Campus, is a fully accredited college that specializes in health science education.

Manchur previously served as president of Kettering Health Main Campus and Kettering Health Miamisburg, as well as Kettering Health executive vice president and president, respectively. Manchur also held leadership positions at three other Seventh-day Adventist hospitals in the Los Angeles area.

Richard Manchur, Fred Manchur’s son, is currently the president of Kettering Health Dayton and also oversees Kettering Health Huber and Kettering Health Preble.

Two other top Kettering Health executives left the network in October, including Kettering Health President Wally Sackett and Chief Administrative Officer Terry Burns.

The Kettering family opened their first hospital on the family estate in 1964. In 1999, Kettering Medical Center Network was formed by adding Grandview and Southview to its existing holdings, Kettering and Sycamore. Since then, what became Kettering Health Network acquired Greene Memorial in 2008, acquired Fort Hamilton in 2010, built Soin in 2012, and constructed multiple new facilities since then.

Kettering Health is the second of the area’s largest health networks to replace its CEO in the past year. Michael Riordan became Premier Health’s president and CEO in January, taking over for the previous leader, Mary Boosalis.

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