Summit Health CEO Patrick O’Donnell receives the Heiges Award from Dr. Jody Harpster, president Shippensburg University May 29
Monday, June 1, 2015

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Patrick O’Donnell, CEO and President of Summit Health was presented with Shippensburg University’s highest award, the Heiges Award, on May 29.

The Heiges Award recognizes the recipients’ distinguished achievements in their field of endeavor to benefit community and society.

O’Donnell earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University in 1981 and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University in 1991.

“I am honored to receive this award,” O’Donnell said.  “Shippensburg University is near and dear to my heart.”

O’Donnell was named CEO of Summit Health in 2013. He has been with the organization since 1985 when he was Controller of Chambersburg Hospital.  He has also held the positions of Summit Health’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance.

Under O’Donnell’s leadership, Summit Health continues to offer expanded services, like Urgent Care services in Shippensburg and Chambersburg and breast care services. Summit Health recently opened a $15 million medical building in Waynesboro, offering specialty services to southern Franklin County.

“It is truly an honor to serve the community that I am proud to call home,” O’Donnell said. “And, I’m not alone. The entire Summit Health team gives their heart each and every day for our community. I’m a proud member of that team.”

O’Donnell has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career, including the Dwight M. Edwards Youth Builder Award from the Chambersburg YMCA in 2011, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award in 2005, the Reeves Silver Merit Award for Outstanding Service HFMA in 2003, and the Follmer Bronze Merit Award for Outstanding Service in 1993.  

O’Donnell currently serves on the board of directors for Chambersburg YMCA, Penn State Mont Alto Business/Info. Sciences &Tech. Advisory Council, insurance and patient safety organization CHART, Summit Physician Services, Cumberland Valley Health Network, Dr. Roy A. Himelfarb Surgery Center, and Cumberland Valley Mobile Services, LLC. He has volunteered as a board member for numerous organizations including Keystone Health, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Chambersburg United Way, Exchange Club and Falling Spring Presbyterian Church.