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Summit Health official named top businessperson

December 09, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An official with Summit Health was named the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce 2005 Business Person of the Year at the Chamber's annual breakfast and business meeting Thursday.

Patrick O'Donnell, chief financial officer at Summit Health, was honored for his outstanding leadership within Summit Health as well as his many contributions to the greater Chambersburg community, according to outgoing Chamber President Paul Luka.

First presented in 1987, the Business Person of the Year award recognizes an individual whose business skills have contributed to a businesses' growth and success. The individual must have owned or managed a business in the Chambersburg area for a minimum of five years. The award also recognizes an individual's contributions to the well-being of the community.

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"Pat O'Donnell has been a vital force, a strong leader, and an advocate for changes within the health-care community. As a strong business leader, he is responsible for the financial stewardship of the area's second-largest employer and leading health-care provider," Luka said.

"While other hospitals across the state are either losing money, or closing their doors, Summit Health remains a strong and visionary force in Franklin County," Luka added.

Summit Health has 2,400 employees and an annual payroll in excess of $90 million.

A native of Chambersburg, O'Donnell said he was "absolutely shocked; stunned," to receive the award. He said he is humbled to consider that he is in the same company with previous recipients.

O'Donnell, 47, has been with Summit Health for 20 years, 18 of them in his current position. "It's been a privilege and an honor to work with Summit and in the community," he said. "I love my job and the phenomenal people I work with. This is icing on the cake."

O'Donnell also was instrumental in developing the Summit Endowment, which has awarded 58 grants to local agencies totaling $1.4 million, all related to improving the health of area residents, Luka said.

According to John Massimilla, vice president of administration at Summit Health, "Pat O'Donnell has learned the lesson, 'In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.' He applies these principles and uses his talents to accomplish the impossible every day."

O'Donnell also serves as a board member and treasurer of both Keystone Health and the Chambersburg YMCA, and is a trustee and finance committee member for the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, a member of the Summit Health Speaker's Bureau, an active church member and a coach for youth basketball and soccer.

The recipient is selected by a committee of representatives from business, education and government.

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