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Summit Health board announces new president and chief executive officer

April 25, 2013
  • Summit Health's Board of Directors announced Thursday that Patrick W. O'Donnell of Chambersburg, Pa., will replace Norman B. Epstein as President & Chief Executive Officer of Summit Health July 1. O'Donnell is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Summit Health.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Summit Health’s board of directors announced this week that Patrick W. O’Donnell of Chambersburg will replace Norman B. Epstein as president and chief executive officer of Summit Health July 1.

O’Donnell is currently senior vice president and chief operating officer of Summit Health.

He first joined the local healthcare team in 1985 as controller of Chambersburg Hospital and rose through the ranks until he was named Summit Health’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer in 2007.

“The board has seen his solid, proven leadership over the years and is confident that he will continue to build our entire health system in strong and diverse ways,” Valorie Dick, chairwoman of the Summit Health board of directors, said in a news release.

“He has exhibited a well-rounded approach to problem solving that will steer the Summit Health system with a sense of compassion, a broad knowledge of the ever-changing healthcare arena, and an in-depth understanding of Summit Health and our area,” she added.

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Epstein will stay with the organization until early 2015, serving as an advisor. Epstein has had a long and distinguished career with Summit Health.

He has served in executive positions with both Chambersburg Hospital and Summit Health for 24 years.

Some of the most notable recent accomplishments during Epstein’s tenure include the opening of the New King Street Addition at Chambersburg Hospital in December 2012, establishing Antrim Walk-In Care in 2010, adding the da Vinci robotic surgery system to Chambersburg Hospital in 2009, and Waynesboro Hospital’s designation as “America’s No. 1 Best Place to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2008.

Epstein also led during a major renovation to Chambersburg Hospital’s emergency department in 2005, establishing the area’s first interventional cardiology program in 2004, and forming Summit Health in 1995 by joining Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals. 

“As I reflect on my years here, I’m so proud of the work we’ve done and the people we’ve served. It is a privilege to pass this legacy on to Pat O’Donnell. I know he will be able to keep steering the ship in the right direction,” Epstein said in the release.

O’Donnell says he is honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead Summit Health through the uncertain times ahead.

O’Donnell has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University.

He currently serves on the board of directors for Chambersburg YMCA, Penn State Mont Alto Business/Information Sciences &Technology 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.

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