ArticleIs Chief Executive Officer Turnover Good for the Hospital?Khaliq, Amir A. PhD; Walston, Stephen L. PhD; Thompson, David M. PhDAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Department of Health Administration and Policy (Dr Khaliq, Dr Walston) and Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Dr Thompson), The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Corresponding author: Amir A. Khaliq, PhD, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health, 801 NE 13th Street, Room 345, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5072 ([email protected]). The views expressed in this manuscript are strictly those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) or its representatives. The Health Care Manager: October 2007 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 341-346 doi: 10.1097/01.HCM.0000299252.83935.ed Buy Metrics Abstract This study examined the general characteristics of chief executive officers (CEOs) and their hospitals and the perceived impact of CEO turnover on various organizational activities. A mail-based survey included 156 hospital CEOs in 6 states in the West South Central, West North Central, and Mountain regions. Neither hospital and CEO characteristics nor the impact on various organizational activities and performance indicators was significantly different among the 6 states compared. Overall, CEOs reported relatively short tenures, frequent promotion from within the organization to CEO level, and common involuntary departure of their predecessors. Respondents overwhelmingly reported a positive impact of leadership change on financial performance, employee morale, and organizational culture. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.