Health Systems, Inc. announced that Wayne T. Smith will retire from his role as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2023. Smith will continue to serve as the non-executive Chairman of the Board. This transition is the culmination of a leadership succession plan that began in January 2021.

Over a tenure of nearly 26 years, Smith led Community Health Systems through its evolution from a small, rural hospital operator to become a leading provider of healthcare services in 47 distinct markets with more than 80 acute-care hospitals and 1,000 outpatient sites of care across 16 states. Smith joined Community Health Systems as President in 1997, became Chief Executive Officer three months later, and he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2001.