Self Regional CEO to Retire in December

Jim Pfeiffer is retiring at the end of the year after more than 13 years leading Self Regional Healthcare as its president and CEO. The Index-Journal reports Pfeiffer said, “There comes a point in your life where you decide it’s time to hang it up and let somebody younger do it.” Pfeiffer has steered Self since 2008 and oversaw sprawling changes that took Self from a community medical center into a regional health care system spanning the Lakelands’ seven counties. Self Regional Healthcare Board Chair David Tompkins announced in a media release that Pfeiffer told the board he will retire December 21st.

His predecessor, John Hydel, had a philosophy that became the hospital’s tagline — “Only at Self” — and Pfeiffer said he worked to live up to that goal. Self’s leadership sought to develop specialty services people couldn’t get at other medical facilities in the area, building a spine center, orthopedic services, and myriad cardiovascular procedures among other specialty fields.

To serve the 250,000-275,000 people in the Lakelands, Pfeiffer said developing their employee physician group was key. When he started, there were four to 10 employee physicians, mostly working in hospital-based programs. Now, there are more than 200 doctors and health care providers throughout the seven counties working for Self. It’s this dedicated staff that Pfeiffer said earned Self its numerous accolades, including Forbes noting it as the best-in-state employer, 14 Gallup Great Workplace Awards and many awards from health organizations.

The Index-Journal reports Pfeiffer said, “They’re all truly engaged, truly involved in the workings of the hospital,” Pfeiffer said. “We’ve really got a committed workforce, not only in the physicians and providers, but in all our team members.”

He’ll be 65 on retirement and said he wants to spend time with his grandchildren while they’re still young. He picked the end of the year because it’s normally not busy, and he chuckled when he said he liked how catchy 12/21/21 seemed.

The report noted Jim Pfeiffer has 10 acres of land in Tallahassee, Florida, which is close to where his children and both sets of grandkids are. Pfeiffer said he wants to retire to the life of a “gentleman farmer.”

More details are available in the Index-Journal and at IndexJournal.com.