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Lock Haven Hospital changing chief executives

New adminstrator already on the job

March 13, 2008
The Express
LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven Hospital’s CEO for the last two years has resigned. And his predecessor has already taken the helm of the local medical facility.

The hospital issued a press release Wednesday announcing John Yanes has resigned to pursue other professional opportunities.

Cindy Segar-Gorr has been named CEO and begins her new position immediately, the release states.

As a matter of fact, Segar-Gorr was introduced to local officials at last Friday’s annual Clinton County Economic Partnership Legislation Luncheon at the Elks.

Segar-Gorr, who brings more than 20 years of healthcare and management experience to the local hospital, most recently was assistant CEO of Berwick Hospital Center. During her time there she oversaw construction of a multi-million dollar cardiovascular laboratory and an emergency room expansion project.

She also participated in the recruitment of 21 physicians representing a variety of specialties.

“Cindy is an accomplished healthcare administrator and a dynamic leader,” said John Kristel, CEO of Berwick Hospital Center. “Her experience as a nurse and administrator gives her an excellent balance of professional expertise and interpersonal skill for the position. Lock Haven is fortunate to be getting an administrator of this caliber at their community hospital.”

Prior to her position with Berwick, Segar-Gorr served as CEO and Chief Nursing Officer at Ashland Regional Medical Center in Ashland. She also served as CNO at hospitals and nursing homes throughout New York.

Segar-Gorr started her healthcare career as a registered nurse.

She graduated with honors with a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management and Policy from new School University in Middletown, N.Y., and a Bachelors Degree from Empire State College in Middletown, N.Y.

She and her fiance, Shawn, have three children, Kathleen, 24, Heather, 20, and Ian, 9 months.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the dedicated employees and medical staff at Lock Haven Hospital,” said Segar-Gorr. “I look forward to building on their prior accomplishments and being a part of many future successes as well as an integral part of the Lock Haven community.”

Several years ago, Lock Haven Hospital was purchased by Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) based in Brentwood, Tenn., a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban markets throughout the United States.

Through its subsidiaries, the company currently owns, leases or operates 116 hospitals in 28 states.

CHS recently announced the sale of nine hospitals to Capella Healthcare Inc., a privately-held, for-profit hospital company headquartered in Franklin, Tenn.

The sale includes hospitals in Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Oregon and Tennessee with revenues of approximately $425 million.

The purchase price was $315 million and the transaction was effective March 1, 2008.


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