He's been doing double duty for the past year and will now concentrate on his UPMC Health System responsibilities.
FARRELL, Pa. -- J. Larry Heinike is resigning as chief executive of UPMC Horizon, but he's not getting out of the health-care business.
For the past year, Heinike, 61, has been doing double duty as Horizon's CEO and as senior vice president of the hospital division of UPMC Health System, based in Pittsburgh.
He knew it was just a matter of time until he would have to give up the Horizon post to devote his full-time focus on the hospital division, a job that encompasses oversight of UPMC Health System's 19 hospitals.
That time has arrived, he said.
"I'll be in Pittsburgh on more of a full-time basis," he said, adding that he will still get back to the Shenango Valley from time to time.
"It's kind of a nice transition for me," Heinike said, adding that he's developed some close relationships with the Shenango Valley during his two-decade tenure here. "I'm going to miss it."
Heinike said he expects the transition to be completed around April 1.
Search for successor: The UPMC Horizon board of directors already has formed a search committee to find his successor, he said.
Heinike first came to the Valley as head of the former Shenango Valley Osteopathic Hospital, which later became the Shenango Valley Medical Center.
He oversaw its merger with Greenville Regional Hospital to form Horizon Hospital System in 1992 and later was the driving force behind Horizon's merger with UPMC Health System in 1998.
The local hospital became UPMC Horizon out of that arrangement.
Heinike said at the time that the link would be good for UPMC Horizon, both in terms of health-care advances and physical improvements.
Both of those promises have been met, he said. UPMC Health System has financed about $20 million in improvements at Horizon's facilities in Farrell and Greenville since the merger.