CoxHealth’s CEO and President, Steve Edwards, revealed in a Facebook post on Nov. 19 that he will be retiring in May. 

Edwards, who has been with the healthcare system for 30 years, took the position just 10 years ago. In his post, Edwards said he has seen several successes in his 10 years of being CEO. 

While he was CEO, Edwards said Cox Medical Group, a company for providers and physicians to offer medical services, was created. Soon, the healthcare system will have established five super clinics in the region. 

In addition to this, there has been an increase in employees. His post says he saw the number of employees raise from 7,500 to 12,500. 

In regard to the hospital system as a whole, CoxHealth has been recognized as a top employer by the Springfield Business Journal, Modern Healthcare and Forbes magazine.

Missouri State University Child and Family Development aluma Sarah Goetz worked at CoxHealth as an entrance screener for nine months, one of the positions created during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goetz said she is certain a lot of people will miss Edwards’s leadership while he served in his position. She said she knew a lot of employees enjoyed working with Edwards. 

Edwards said in his post that the Board of Directors for CoxHealth have started a committee to help search for the next leader. Though he may be retiring, Edwards said he plans on helping with leadership changes and coaching the next leader.

On May 31, Edwards will join CoxHealth’s grounds crew for his last shift before retirement, as he said that is where it all began and that is how he would like to finish. He said upon retiring, he plans on spending time with his family, being outdoors through cycling, fishing and backpacking and working to be more carefree.


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