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Longtime health care executive Pat O’Donnell has announced his plans to retire at the end of June 2020. O’Donnell is executive vice president for WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan Summit Health.

Pat O’Donnell
Pat O’Donnell

O’Donnell has served the local health system since 1985. His roles included 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.

“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.” 

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 improvements in quality and safety. National recognition includes Leapfrog A and CMS Five Star ratings, as well as Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals Award and multiple accolades from the American Heart Association.

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O’Donnell led the health system’s growth and expanded specialty services in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle, and Carlisle. He oversaw Summit’s formal affiliation with WellSpan Health on Nov. 1, 2018.

The Merger with WellSpan

In January 2019, WellSpan Health welcomed Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., as its new president and CEO. She and O’Donnell worked to align the two health systems and 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 said. “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.”

“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. It includes a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight hospitals, and more than 19,000 employees. It has 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

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