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Gary Miller, the president and CEO of CHI St. Alexius Health, will retire in April, the hospital announced Wednesday evening.

A search for a new president will begin immediately, according to a hospital press release.

Miller has served the past five years as the hospital’s president and the previous 25 as chief financial officer.

His retirement comes one month after the hospital signed an affiliation agreement to join Catholic Health Initiatives, a health organization based in Colorado.

“I thank the Sisters for their prayers and support over many years,” he said in a statement. “I have been blessed to work together with so many fantastic people. St. Alexius, its people and its mission will be in my heart throughout the rest of my journey. The future is bright for CHI St. Alexius Health. It is a beginning not an end.”

Sister Nancy Miller, president of the hospital’s board of directors, said Gary Miller has helped shape the hospital as “a strong medical center delivering quality health care to those who seek healing in their lives.”

“We are extremely grateful for his faithful service and commitment to our mission over the years and pray that God will continue to bless him now and in the future,” she said.

Gary Miller’s retirement plans include teaching, fishing, hunting, writing a book, traveling and babysitting his grandchildren.

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