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Larry Sanders Retires After 30 Years with Columbus Regional

September 30 marks the conclusion of an exceptional career at Columbus Regional for Larry Sanders, retiring Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, Columbus Regional Healthcare System was formed from The Medical Center, a single facility with annual revenue of $50 million, and grew to become a multi-hospital integrated health delivery system with annual gross revenue of $1 billion.

During his three decades of leadership, Mr. Sanders points with satisfaction to a long list of accomplishments by the board, employees and physicians associated with Columbus Regional. One only has to visit this web site to realize the scope of Columbus Regional programs and services.

"All the programs, services, facilities, issues and many other projects undertaken by our medical community, the board, our employees and our community make me realize how very fortunate I am to have had the privilege of serving with such a creative, talented, skilled and dedicated group of caring people,” he reflected.

Retirement Plans

Following retirement, Mr. Sanders and his wife of 35 years, Bonnie, plan to travel and enjoy the flexibility of scheduling that comes with retirement. “We’d like to just get in the car and head west. No plans. No reservations. Stop when we want to, go as far as we care to, and come back when we’re ready,” he said.

He also will be able to spend more time in Tennessee with his parents. “Like many, I have aging parents living 400 miles away who did all they could for me as parents and now that their needs are increasing, they truly deserve to have a son more available to them in their time of need,” he said.

Looking to the Future

Mr. Sanders’ successor has not yet been selected. But if he or she asks him for advice, he’ll suggest staying focused on where Columbus Regional has come from and where it has the potential to go. “It will be their roadmap for how to accomplish the tasks that are going to come at them ten times faster than they did to me,” he said.

“It’s energizing for an organization to have new leadership. Now’s a good time for new energy, new ideas, new initiatives."

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.