ECH president moves into key WellSpan Health position

By on February 4, 2015


John Porter

John Porter

WellSpan Health has named WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital President John M. Porter Jr. as the regional health system’s new executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.
Porter will continue to serve a dual role as WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital president until a successor is named.
“As the national health care environment shifts to a system that increasingly focuses on helping people lead healthier lives, WellSpan is committed to providing a more coordinated, convenient and patient focused experience for the people who live and work in the communities we serve,” said Kevin H. Mosser, M.D., president and chief executive officer of WellSpan Health. “John brings a wealth of experience that will help our organization to realize this vision and shape the future of health care here in Central Pennsylvania. John’s understanding of WellSpan’s culture and operations, combined with his intimate knowledge of the Central Pennsylvania healthcare market and his reputation as a skilled collaborator and communicator make him the perfect fit for this position.”
In his new position, Porter will focus on strategies and further develop an infrastructure that will enhance operational performance, teamwork, quality of care and growth in programs across WellSpan’s local systems of care in Lancaster, Adams and York counties. He will work with the organization’s leaders to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and promote coordinated care among the health system’s four hospitals – WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital and WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital – and its ambulatory services provided at more than 130 patient-care locations across south central Pennsylvania.
Porter brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in hospital and health system management. He has served as president and chief executive officer of Ephrata Community Hospital since 1985 and a senior vice president of WellSpan Health since the affiliation of the two organizations in 2013.
“This year, I celebrate my 30th anniversary as president of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, and I’m thrilled to be able to continue to serve the hospital and the communities of Lancaster County in this new capacity,” said Porter.
During his career at Ephrata, Porter led the hospital through a dramatic period of growth, including:
• the development and expansion of an affiliated medical group;
• the development of a network of convenient ambulatory locations and services;
• the establishment of a strong reputation for clinical excellence and high-quality care; and
• the successful affiliation and integration with WellSpan.
“I am proud of these successes, and equally proud to have had the privilege to lead this incredible organization for these past 30 years,” Porter said. “Now, I’ll look to build on that success, helping WellSpan in its mission to improve health through exceptional care for all – both in Lancaster County and throughout all the communities we serve in south central Pennsylvania.”
WellSpan will conduct a nationwide search for a new president of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, during which Porter will continue to serve a dual role, Mosser said. A plan will be developed for transitioning Porter’s responsibilities from the hospital to the health system. Once the transition is complete, Porter will continue to play an active and key leadership role at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and in the communities of Lancaster County, Mosser added.
Porter is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in health planning administration.
A long-time resident of Ephrata, Porter is active in several civic and professional organizations, serving as a member of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Medical Liability Task Force, a board member of the Ephrata Area Education Foundation, a past member of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations National Committee for Small/Rural Hospitals and the Hospital Advisory Group, a board member and past chairman of Preferred Health Care, a past vice chairman of Berkshire Health Plan, a board member and past chairman of VHA-PA in Pittsburgh, past president of Ephrata Rotary Club, and a past board member of St. Joseph Health Ministries.

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