CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (December 5, 2019) – Pat O’Donnell, executive vice president for WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan Summit Health, has announced his plans to retire at the end of June 2020.
“As you can imagine, my decision comes with an absolute mix of emotion; serving this organization for the past 34 years has been my greatest honor and privilege, and yet I am excited to move into the next phase of life with my family,” he said. “This is the right time.”
The longstanding and influential leader has served the local health system since 1985, holding roles including Controller of Chambersburg Hospital, Chief Financial Officer for Summit Health, and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Summit Health. He became President and CEO of Summit Health in July 2013.
O’Donnell led the charge to develop a culture based on respect and encouraged the adoption of Lean Methodology. Under his leadership, the health system experienced marked improvements in quality and safety, with national recognition including earning Leapfrog A and CMS Five Star ratings, as well as earning Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals award and multiple accolades from the American Heart Association.
O’Donnell led the health system to grow and expand specialty services in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle and Carlisle, and eventually to the formal affiliation with WellSpan Health on Nov. 1, 2018.
In January 2019, WellSpan Health welcomed Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., as its new president and CEO. Since that time, she and O’Donnell have worked to align the two health systems and to transition to a regional model of care and leadership.
“When we announced our intention to affiliate with WellSpan Health nearly two years ago, I knew I was approaching retirement,” O’Donnell explained. “This is a time of important transformation for us. Our extended leadership team is amazing; we have an innovative approach and strong core values, and our 2025 strategic plan is top-notch. Under Roxanna’s leadership, our newly aligned organization, which is centered on finding a better way, being a trusted partner and inspiring health, is right for the opportunities and challenges ahead for healthcare.”
“We are so grateful to Pat and the immense value his leadership has brought to WellSpan Health,” said Gapstur. “Summit Health was a very strong organization when it joined WellSpan, which is certainly a nod to Pat’s leadership and the foundation for our future together.”
According to O’Donnell, “WellSpan Summit Health is simply an amazing organization. I love the way our caregivers look after our friends and neighbors. I’m proud of the talent, dedication and determination of our colleagues who strive to find a better way in all ways, always. I’m inspired by the way we embrace each other and our community. I love the way we embrace and celebrate diversity. I am proud of what we have achieved, and I know in my heart WellSpan Summit has all its best days ahead,” he said.
O’Donnell will continue to lead WellSpan Health’s operations in Franklin and Cumberland counties until his retirement.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and more than 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. Visit WellSpan.org.