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St. John's Health System CEO announces retirement

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St. John's Health System President and CEO Allen L. Shockley announced his retirement Oct. 13. The retirement will coincide with the end of St. John's fiscal year June 30, 1999.

The Sisters of Mercy Health System, the St. Louis-based parent of St. John's, has begun a national search for Shockley's replacement, according to a release from St. John's.

The 55-year-old Shockley has been at St. John's since 1974.

His professional career began in 1967, working primarily in the health care field at Arthur Anderson & Co., an accounting firm in St. Louis.

Shockley came to Springfield when he took a position as assistant administrator at St. John's Regional Health Center in 1974. He was promoted to vice president in 1975 and senior vice president in 1981.

Shockley received a master's degree in business administration from Drury College in 1983 he earlier received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

He became St. John's executive vice president in 1984.

As executive vice president, Shockley was chief operating officer, in charge of daily operations. In May 1995 Shockley was named president and chief executive officer of St. John's Health System.

"Our physicians and staff have made St. John's one of the premier health care organizations in the United States," Shockley said.

"Several of our programs have

received national recognition through the years, and the work we have done with the formation of St. John's Health System has prepared us to continue meeting the health care needs of the Ozarks well into the next century."

In his time in Springfield, Shockley has served as an executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America here, and as campaign chairman and chairman of the board of directors for United Way of the Ozarks, among other civic activities.

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