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WellSpan Health appoints new president at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital

WellSpan Health appoints new president at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital

WellSpan Health announces today that Patty Donley has been named vice president for the health system and president of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital effective Feb. 6, 2022. Donley most recently served as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at the hospital since 2017.

"Patty Donley brings the ideal background, experience and skills to this leadership position," said Carrie Willetts, Senior Vice President of WellSpan Health's East Region. "Having been with WellSpan for 28 years, she has a familiarity and understanding of the importance in cultivating a strong culture of engagement and pride amongst our team members that will ultimately help shape the care and experience we provide for our patients."

As vice president for WellSpan Health and president for WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, Donley will be responsible for the day-to-day operating activities and will oversee the performance improvement and patient experience initiatives of the 170-bed acute care hospital. She will also serve as the executive leader for WellSpan's system of care in Lebanon County.

"Good Samaritan has been the health care provider for Lebanon County for more than 130 years and I believe that deeply rooted community connection is extremely important," Donley said. "I'm looking forward in continuing to serve this great community in a new capacity and also work to ensure we create a truly exceptional patient experiences for all who come through our doors."

Donley is an active member of the Lebanon community. She serves on the VNA Foundation of Lebanon County Board, the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee, the Lebanon County Christian Ministries Board, and the South Lebanon Township Zoning Board.

She graduated with a diploma in Nursing from Saint Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing. Subsequently, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Lebanon Valley College, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Executive Leadership from Vanderbilt University. She has also served as assistant vice president of nursing services at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital earlier in her career.

Donley succeeds Tom Harlow as president of the hospital. He is retiring in February.