CEO of Vail Valley Medical Center is stepping down |

CEO of Vail Valley Medical Center is stepping down

Edward Stoner
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

VAIL – The Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail said goodbye to its fourth CEO in six years Monday with the resignation of its top executive.

John Cassin, who had served as president and CEO of the hospital for 14 months, left to “pursue other business endeavors,” according to a press release.

Vail Valley Medical Center board president Ron Davis said he didn’t know what endeavors Cassin was pursuing. He declined to comment on Cassin’s performance over the last 14 months.

“I can’t comment one way or another on any personnel matters,” Davis said.

A message left for Cassin was not returned Monday.

Cassin’s tenure was marked by the medical center’s ambitious plans to relocate services downvalley to reflect the growth of the community. For the last few months, he had been meeting with community groups to discuss the creation of a new $200 million medical campus, perhaps in Avon, Edwards or Wolcott. Cassin has said those plans were supposed to be finalized by as soon as this summer, with construction possibly beginning in five years.

The senior managers at the Vail Valley Medical Center will lead the day-to-day operations of the medical center as a search for a new CEO is conducted.

Davis said he is confident in the management team moving forward, even without a CEO.

“The CEO is the conductor, but, to use a Bravo! [Vail Valley Music Festival] term, the people who plays the instruments are the people who are doing the work day-in, day-out,” he said.

Asked if it was problematic to lose four CEOs in six years, Davis said each departure “has been unique in its own individual circumstances.”

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