ST. CLOUD - The President and CEO of CentraCare Health is announcing his retirement.

Doctor Terry Pladson says his last day will be on December 31st.  He has been a part of the St. Cloud medical community since 1978.  Pladson has been CentraCare's President for the past 15 years.

Pladson says, "I intend to do my best to make the next 12 months a year of progress toward achieving CentraCare Health's vision of being the leader in Minnesota for quality, safety, service and value".

CentraCare Health plans to work with an executive search firm to conduct a nationwide search for Pladson's replacement.

CentraCare Health has grown from one hospital, one clinic, and one senior living campus into an organization of more than 8,000 employees operating six hospitals, nursing homes, and senior apartments in six communities, and 17 clinics across the region.