By LISA GRAYBEAL
Staff Writer, Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Norman B. Epstein, president and chief executive officer of Summit Health, was named the 1997 Business Person of the Year by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at its annual business breakfast Thursday morning at The Lighthouse restaurant.
Epstein came to Chambersburg Hospital in 1989 with more than 20 years in health care administration.
He helped to create Summit Health, a nonprofit corporation made up of Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals and many affiliate organizations.
"It's a significant honor. I was in awe when I was told ... particularly as a leader of a nonprofit organization," Epstein said.
Summit Health has an annual operating budget of $115 million with a staff of about 1,800 full- and part-time employees, making it the second largest nongovernment employer in Franklin County, according to John F. Stenger, outgoing Chamber board chairman, who introduced Epstein. The largest nongovernmental employer in the county is Grove Worldwide.