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Sacred Heart HealthCare System Announces New President and CEO

June 29, 2009
Contact: Valerie Downing
610.776.5906 / vdowning@shh.org 


Sacred Heart HealthCare System Announces New
President and Chief Executive Officer

ALLENTOWN, PA - The Sacred Heart HealthCare System Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of John L. Nespoli as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 27, 2009. He is currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Guthrie Health System in Sayre, Pennsylvania. 

Under Nespoli's leadership, Guthrie's Robert Packer Hospital achieved Top 100 status in the country for teaching hospitals, as measured by Thomson Reuters, the premier hospital-rating agency in the country. Robert Packer also received the 'Everest Award,” by Thomson Reuters, for outstanding performance maintained over a sustained multi-year period. Only 23 hospitals in the country received this recognition. Robert Packer was also designated as a Top 100 cardiovascular center. 

Nespoli also led Guthrie Corning Hospital to the Top 100 Performance Improvement Award by Thomson Reuters in the small community hospital category. Under Nespoli's guidance, Guthrie achieved national recognition by Morehead Associates for improvements in work environment and employee satisfaction. Morehead is one of the nation's leading work environment measurement companies. Nespoli oversaw the execution of clinical service development strategies leading to a period of exceptional growth for Guthrie. He also achieved a 40 percent reduction in infection rates and realized positive trends in numerous quality and patient safety measures. Nespoli was a lecturer at Cornell University’s Sloan Program in Health Administration and created the Guthrie Executive Internship program with Cornell.
Nespoli has held numerous leadership roles for a number of leading health care systems. He was a senior executive of the Fallon/Saint Vincent Health Care System and the Chief Operating Officer of Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he led the planning and design of a replacement medical center for downtown Worcester. The new Medical Center became a major part of the city's downtown economic revitalization efforts. He was Associate Director of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where he led the development of the Level I Trauma Center, and the Medical Center's Cancer Service. He also held leadership roles at the Lourdes Health System in New Jersey, the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, and Catholic Healthcare Partners, Pennsylvania region. He earned his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University and later received a master’s degree in health system management from the University of Michigan.
'I am very excited to be joining the team at Sacred Heart HealthCare System, and have been impressed with the Board members, physicians, management team and staff. There is a wonderful tradition of quality and compassion at Sacred Heart. They have also been recognized statewide as a great place to work. It is a challenging time in health care, but I am looking forward to working with the talent at Sacred Heart to take on these challenges. I am enthused about coming to the Lehigh Valley area,” says Nespoli.
Leo Connors, Sacred Heart HealthCare System’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, indicated, “The Board of Directors is very pleased to have recruited a leader of John's caliber and experience. We look forward to working closely with him to continue to improve quality and expand services at Sacred Heart HealthCare System, fulfilling the needs of our community.'
Sacred Heart Hospital is a 233-bed Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from acute rehabilitation to bariatric services to adult psychiatric services. A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.

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