The St. Charles Board of Directors will begin a national search for a new president and CEO in January 2014.
Diegel will continue to serve as president and CEO until the new CEO has been hired.
"I came to Redmond and Central Oregon in 1994 with a vision to help create a regional, health delivery system. The framework for that delivery system is now in place and it is time for a fresh perspective and new leadership skill sets to lead St. Charles into the future. I have simply accomplished what I set out to do and I look forward to welcoming a new president and CEO to St. Charles."
The Chairman of St. Charles Health System Board of Director, Tom Sayeg says "Jim has achieved a long list of accomplishment over the past twenty years. He played a major role in the merger between the Bend and Redmond hospitals in 2001. He has overseen the St. Charles strategy of creating an integrated delivery system in Central Oregon. St. Charles has grown to more than 3400 employed caregivers with net revenues in excess of $600 million dollars since Jim became CEO."
The board of directors will provide additional information on the president and CEO recruitment process in the coming weeks.