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The CEO of UnityPoint Health announces retirement

Debbie Simon, chief executive officer of UnityPoint Health in Central Illinois will leave her post this summer. 

The organization released a statement saying she'll retire after 43 years with UnityPoint on June 30th. 

“Debbie has passionately served our organization and our community every day for decades,” stated UnityPoint Health’s Central Illinois Board of Directors chair Dennis Triggs. “Always mission-driven, she has been a true champion for patients and families and an extraordinary leader to our physicians, nurses and team members.”

Leaders say Simon was in part responsible for the expansion of UnityPoint into Central Illinois communities outside the Peoria area. 

Former family medicine practitioner Dr. Keith Knepp will replace Simon. 


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