Cerner CEO shares cancer diagnosis with employees, stockholders
Neal Patterson to travel less, hold fewer meetings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Neal Patterson, CEO of Kansas City-based Cerner, announced on Monday morning that he has cancer.
Patterson shared the news in a letter to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, clients, shareholders and colleagues.
“I wanted to let you know that, just after the new year, I was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer,” Patterson wrote. “My physician says the type of cancer I have is treatable and curable, and there is no evidence of cancer elsewhere in my body. I plan to begin treatment immediately.”
Patterson said he plans to stay involved in Cerner, but will be traveling less and holding fewer meetings.
“In reality, it will not be a big change compared to how we run Cerner day to day already,” Patterson wrote.
Patterson co-founded Cerner with two other colleagues in 1979. The company says it is the world’s largest independent health information technology company with $3.4 billion in revenue in 2014.
Cerner CEO reveals that he is battling cancer, says he will begin treatment immediately
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cerner CEO Neal Patterson announced on Monday that he is battling cancer.
Patterson sent the following email to Cerner clients, shareholders and employees.
Clients, shareholders and colleagues:
I wanted to let you know that, just after the new year, I was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer. My physician says the type of cancer I have is treatable and curable, and there is no evidence of cancer elsewhere in my body. I plan to begin treatment immediately.
We have the best leadership team in health care IT, and we are well equipped to continue to manage Cerner with our existing leadership structure while I receive treatment. I plan to stay involved in the business, but with less travel and fewer meetings. In reality, it will not be a big change compared to how we run Cerner day to day already.
It’s not often I’m forced to slow down, but the silver lining will be having some extra ‘think’ time to reflect on all the extraordinary opportunities we have in health IT. After years of studying health care systems around the world, this unique opportunity already has my gears turning.
Balancing transparency and privacy is always a judgment call, but I felt as though I have a duty to communicate. I feel fine, and I’m surrounded by extraordinarily supportive family, friends, Cerner leaders and Board members. Thanks for your support.
In his note, Patterson says he was diagnosed with soft tissue cancer, which his doctor says is treatable and curable.
Patterson intends to start treatment immediately.