On Monday, the CEO of Cerner announced that he was diagnosed with cancer. Neal Patterson, who runs the IT healthcare company shared this sad news with the company’s shareholders, through a note.
Patterson has been identified with soft tissue cancer, but fortunately the cancer is treatable and he will start the treatment right away. The soft tissue cancer is a form of cancer that appears in the connective tissue, but sometimes it appears in other soft tissues. This type of cancer is very rare and it represents less than 1% of all the cancer cases that appear each year. During the treatment, Patterson will still keep his CEO position and will still be involved in the business as much as he will be able to. He plans to reduce the number of travels and he will attend less meetings as well.
Another good news is that the cancer hasn’t spread to other organs in the body. He said that the company’s leadership was excellent and that no changes will need to be done while he receives treatment. He revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer just after the New Year and said that he is grateful for all the support he got so far from his friends, family and coworkers.
In 1979, Patterson and two other colleagues, Paul Gorup and Cliff Illig founded Cerner. He is also the chairman of the company. Cerner Corporation is a supplier of health devices, hardware, services and information technology. Reports done in April 2015 revealed that the company had 22,000 employees worldwide and its products were used by 18,000 facilities globally. Cerner has offices in 25 countries around the world. On Monday, the day when he announced his sad diagnosis, the shares of the company based in Missouri went down with 1.27%, that means $56.65.
As the CEO of Cerner announced that he was diagnosed with cancer, he now joins to other CEOs who have been diagnosed with cancer but who haven’t given up their positions and fought the cancer. Jamie Dimon, who is the CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co revealed that he had throat cancer in July 2014. In December 2014 he said that the tests he did revealed that the cancer was gone. A more recent case is Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs Group Inc, who said that he had cancer in September. Blankfein also said that his cancer is treatable and that he would continue to work during the treatment.
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