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Mercy Health — Springfield’s chief medical officer to retire

Dr. Don Johnson. CONTRIBUTED
Dr. Don Johnson. CONTRIBUTED

Mercy Health — Springfield has announced their chief medical officer will retire.

After 18 years of administrative leadership service, Don Johnson’s retirement will be effective by the end of the year. Johnson said he made the decision to retire so he can enjoy time with his family at his home in Montana.

“While I am sad to know that a leader of Dr. Johnson’s caliber is leaving us, I’m pleased that his decision to retire will mean that he can spend more time with his wonderful family,” said Mercy Health — Springfield President Adam Groshans. “We are grateful for Dr. Johnson’s many years of service to our community.”

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Johnson earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 1971 and has worked in Springfield since 1990, serving first as a Board Certified OB/GYN in private practice for more than 20 years. Johnson assumed a number of roles at Springfield Regional Medical Center, including President of the Medical Staff, Chairman of the Surgical Case Review Committee and Chairman of the OB/GYN department before becoming Chief Medical Officer in 2001.

Johnson’s career also includes service as a legislative delegate to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for the state of Montana. He was also an active duty Army Medical Corps from 1976 until 1978.

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In addition to serving as Chief Medical Officer, Johnson has also been an active member of the Mercy Health Foundation of Clark Champaign Counties for more than six years.

Groshans said Mercy Health is currently searching for Johnson’s replacement. In the meantime, Johnson will stay on with the hospital until his successor transitions into the role.