Last week, the WellSpan-Summit Board of Directors, joined by WellSpan President and CEO, Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D, R.N., dedicated WellSpan Health Campus, Building 2, as the Patrick O'Donnell Pavilion in honor of his 34-year career as a leader with Chambersburg Hospital, Summit Health, and WellSpan Health.
During his career, Pat served many roles, including Chief Financial Officer and President and CEO of Summit Health, and Executive Vice President, WellSpan Health. He retired from the health system in June.
"Pat was often heard telling the teams that worked with him, 'You can never go wrong doing the right thing'. Naming this building in his honor is the absolute 'right thing'; it's a nod the dedication and leadership he offered this community for more than three decades," explained Gapstur.
The multidisciplinary medical office building located within the WellSpan Health Campus, 12 St. Paul Drive, Chambersburg, was constructed during Pat O’Donnell's tenure with Summit Health. Pat was hired by Chambersburg Hospital in 1985 and identified a need for more coordinated care between the hospital and ambulatory medical offices. The development of this health campus aimed to improve the community's access to local, comprehensive care.
"Pat's leadership defined healthcare in Franklin County," said WellSpan-Summit Board Chair Nancy Meyers. "Our organization is so grateful for the impact he has had on bringing high-quality care to the local area. This building is so much more to the Chambersburg community than bricks and mortar, and I’m pleased his legacy will continue to live on in so many ways, including this honor."
In addition to the naming rights, the building will also house a collection bin for new socks, to be donated to men, women, and children in the Franklin County community. The bin is a nod to Pat's well-known love for colorful socks and his philanthropic heart, as he's contributed generously to the local health system and community organizations for decades.
"I look back at the last 34 years with immense pride," said O'Donnell. "I've had a front-row seat to watch a generation of caregivers, team members and leaders develop, grow and give back to this community we all love. The naming of this building is humbling, and a great honor of my life. Perhaps though, the greatest honor has been to have a front-row seat to watch a generation of dedicated and talented caregivers and team members save and enhance the lives of our friends and neighbors. They bring WellSpan’s vision and mission to life, and I'm proud to say I was a part of that."