Billings Clinic — the largest health organization in the state with plans to expand in Bozeman — fired its CEO this week.

The Billings Clinic Board of Directors announced the immediate termination of CEO Randall Gibb’s contract in news releases Tuesday.

“Due to the confidentiality of employment matters, further details will not be provided,” according to the release.

The news comes less than two years after Gibb became CEO of the health system.

Gibb joined Billings Clinic in 2006 as a gynecologic oncologist and went on to serve as medical director of the Cancer Center and chief medical officer. Before his latest title, Gibb was interim CEO after his predecessor retired in 2016.

Billings Clinic Board of Directors named fellow board member Dr. John Schallenkamp as an interim co-CEO alongside Dr. Robert Merchant.

Schallenkamp is a practicing radiation oncologist and medical director of the Billings Clinic Cancer Center. Merchant is a practicing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine physician who also serves as chief medical officer.

Schallenkamp said the team at Billings Clinic will “proceed with a seamless transition.”

In Tuesday’s announcement, Merchant praised Gibb’s past with Billings Clinic.

“Dr. Gibb was instrumental in many advancements for Billings Clinic and our community over the past 13 years and we thank him for those contributions,” Merchant said.

Gibb was among the Billings Clinic leaders who announced plans for a $40 million Bozeman expansion last November. Billings Clinic officials called the proposed 97,000-square-foot building a destination ambulatory center.

Gibb said at the time of the expansion announcement, the project is the first phase of potentially five phases for the multi-speciality clinic.

On Wednesday, Billings Clinic Foundation President Jim Duncan said the change in leadership won’t impact the Bozeman campus.

“We are proceeding full speed ahead according to our plan,” Duncan said.

The building will include an urgent care and outpatient surgery center with the chance for patients to stay up to 23 hours. It will also house the clinic’s two existing Bozeman businesses. That includes Billings Clinic’s OB-GYN office on Highland Boulevard, which opened in Bozeman more than a decade ago, and Acorn Pediatrics, which the organization bought in 2017.

Duncan said June will be a busy month for the Bozeman plans. Billings Clinic has three meetings scheduled with city officials, which includes an tentative June 24 public hearing before the Bozeman City Commission.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at khoughton@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

Katheryn Houghton is the city government and health reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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