Silverton CEO Steps Down

Just as Silverton announced its merger with Legacy Health, its CEO is retiring.

It’s barely been two weeks since Silverton Health announced its affiliation with Legacy Health.

Now Rick Cagen, its president and CEO has announced his retirement effective July 1. Sarah Fronza will take over as interim CEO and continue the negotiations for the proposed partnership between Legacy Health and Silverton Health.

When Cagen took the job at Silverton Health almost five years ago, he intended to retire when he was 65 years old and turns 64 in May.

"When we began this process 18 months ago to find a suitable partner, I knew there needed to be a transition in the management team and this is the perfect time for the transition," Cagen told other news reporters.

Formerly the chief operating officer of accountable care and service transformation, Fronza was promoted in early March to vice president by the Silverton Health Board of Directors.

Cagen praised Fronza for her leadership style, adding she is a visionary who knows how to collaborate and bring different groups to the table to find a common ground.

Fronza, who joined Silverton in 2007 as a registered dietician and diabetes educator, was named chief operating officer of accountable care and service transformation in December, and is a 1993 graduate of Silverton Health School.

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