Guthrie CEO Announces Retirement

Sayre-Pa. – Mark Stensager, President & CEO of Guthrie Healthcare System and Co-CEO of Guthrie Health, announced his retirement today to Guthrie leadership. Stensager has been with Guthrie since 1998 and will officially retire on July 20, 2012.

On March 20, 2012, Stensager will move into a strategic planning role and Joseph Scopelliti, MD, President & CEO of Guthrie Clinic and Co-CEO, Guthrie Health, will become the sole CEO of Guthrie Health. Guthrie Health will be a physician led organization with Dr. Scopelliti assuming all operational responsibility for hospitals, clinics, subsidiaries; and foundation and research activities. Mr. Stensager will complete his strategic planning role next July.

During Stensager’s tenure, Guthrie Health saw substantial growth, including the affiliation with Corning Hospital, the opening of new clinics, a new surgical services building, a state-of-the-art Cancer Center and the growth of the medical education and residency programs. He was instrumental in bringing the Guthrie Healthcare System, which includes the hospitals and other Guthrie services, together with the Guthrie Clinic under a new organization called Guthrie Health. Stensager helped moved Guthrie into national prominence as a health care leader known for quality and innovative care.

“Mark has set a vision for the future that will allow this health system to thrive far beyond his tenure,” said William H. Ransom III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “By sharing his retirement plans with us early on, Mark allowed the board the time to very thoughtfully select a path forward. We feel that it will be important to have one CEO and be a physician led organization as we position ourselves for the future. Dr. Scopelliti’s experience and expertise made him our choice for CEO.”

Mark Stensager is retiring with more than 30 years in health care management experience. In addition to his CEO role at Guthrie, Stensager has served as a regional vice president for Group Health Cooperative in Seattle; group vice president and chief administrative officer for the Henry Ford Medical Group in Detroit, and a national vice president of PhyCor, a physician management company that was headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. He was recognized in 1988 by the National Healthcare Forum as an “Emerging Leader in Health Care.”

Mr. Stensager has been very active in the American Hospital Association (AHA) serving on national, regional and statewide boards including the Executive Committee of the Hospital and Health Systems Association of Pennsylvania. He has been a featured speaker at numerous national and regional AHA meetings on the success of the Guthrie organization. Mr. Stensager has also been very active in local and regional community affairs. He currently serves as President of the Board of the Clemens Center in Elmira.

“I have had the privilege of working with an extraordinary Board of Trustees, world class medical staff, generous volunteers and community supporters and the most caring and committed employees,” said Stensager. “With two new Guthrie hospitals breaking ground in 2012, I felt it was the ideal time for Dr. Scopelliti to take the sole leadership role for Guthrie Health. I know I am leaving you in good hands.”

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county area service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.