WellSpan Health Appoints New President for WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital

By on November 9, 2015

WellSpan Health has named Carrie E. Willetts, a Virginia health care executive, as senior vice president for the health system and president of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, effective Jan. 11, 2016.

Willetts brings experience in operations, strategic planning, physician relations and financial management to her new role. She succeeds John M. Porter Jr., who was named as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of WellSpan Health in early 2015 but has remained at Ephrata until his successor was selected.

“We are fortunate to have Carrie Willetts join our organization,” said Porter. “Her talents and dedication to health care and wellness will be an asset not only to Ephrata but to the entire WellSpan system. Perhaps most importantly, she understands the role of our community hospital and the impact it has on the health and economy of northern Lancaster County.”

In her new position, Willetts will be responsible for the day-to-day operating activities and oversee the performance improvement and patient experience initiatives of the 130-bed hospital. She will also serve as the executive leader for WellSpan’s system of care in Lancaster County.

Willetts will maintain relationships with community organizations, agencies and stakeholder groups in support of WellSpan’s mission to improve the quality of life and health of northern Lancaster County. As a senior vice president of WellSpan Health, she will actively participate in the operating leadership of the integrated health system.

Prior to accepting this new position, Willetts served in leadership positions for Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system that has 12 acute care hospitals, more than 100 care sites and a 3,800-provider medical staff in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

Most recently, Willetts was the vice president of operations of Sentara CarePlex Hospital, a 224-bed hospital in Hampton, Va. While there, she oversaw operations of a dozen clinical and non-clinical departments and led business development initiatives for the hospital.

In this role, she has been active in the community, serving on the board of Beyond Boobs, a breast health organization for young women; Peninsula Health Services; Coliseum Central Business District; and the Victory YMCA.

Previously, Willetts was director of orthopedics, spine and sports medicine/rehab services at Sentara RMH Medical Center, a 268-bed hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. There, she led the development of a comprehensive orthopedics program with focus in joint replacement, spine and sports medicine services. She headed the design of a 45,000-square-foot outpatient orthopedics and advanced imaging center. In her tenure with RMH, she held other leadership roles including director of planning and new business development.

Willetts also spent nine years with the University of Virginia Health System, including six years as administrative director of the health system’s physical medicine and rehabilitation services.

Willetts said she chose to join WellSpan because of its “mission-centered, values-driven culture.”

“WellSpan Health caught my attention as a forward thinking, integrated health care delivery system and industry leader in population health management,” she said. “The level of integrity and devotion to the community espoused by the team at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital is unmatched. I wanted to be a part of a hospital that is an integral part of the communities it serves.”

Willetts has a master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from James Madison University.



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