Johnson will be leaving Monett and taking on the post of CEO at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Ill. Johnson's last day will be Friday, Nov. 12.
"My wife and I find ourselves with elderly parents who are a long way from us," said Johnson, a native of West Virginia. "This opportunity allows us to be closer to them and our son who lives in Washington, DC."
A 31-year veteran of hospital administration, Johnson has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and a master's degree in health administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"We will miss this hospital and the community, but we have fond memories of home and hospital remodeling projects, bike rides, unpredictable Missouri weather and the overall beauty of the Ozarks," said Johnson, an avid cyclist. "We are looking forward to cycling in the flat cornfields of Illinois.
"I've made some wonderful relationships here," added Johnson. "There are excellent employees and physicians that work here that I'm going to miss. That's the hard part--leaving the friendships and the people you work with."
CoxHealth officials have announced their plans to hire an executive search firm to conduct a national search for Johnson's replacement.
Iroquis Memorial is a 49-bed regional medical facility that serves 50,000 residents in a bi-state, five-county area. Watseka is the county seat of Iroquis County. The city is located 24 miles west of the Illinois-Indiana border.
Johnson came to Monett as the hospital's administrator in 1998 after serving for 10 years as chief executive officer at Summersville Memorial Hospital in Summersville, W. Va.