Jersey Shore Hospital CEO retiring

Jersey Shore Hospital President and CEO Carey Plummer officially retires after seven years of service on April 30. His retirement plans were announced a year ago, giving the hospital enough time to prepare for his departure.

Prior to taking over JSH in 2007, Plummer served as CEO for Winstead Health Center in Winstead, Conn., and Previously, had 24 years of healthcare CEO and administrator experience in northwest Ohio.

As an active member of the community, Plummer has been involved with such organizations as the Trinity Lutheran Church, Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board, and served on various committees for the Hospital and Healthcare System of Pennsylvania (HAP).

Under Plummer’s leadership, the hospital significantly increased access to health care providers, recruiting 13 physicians and 12 physician assistants. He led several major hospital initiatives, including planning and relocating Tiadaghton Health Services, acquiring the health clinic contract with Lock Haven University, opening the Urgent Care Center at McElhattan, implementing electronic medical records and forming JSMA Family Practice in Lock Haven.

“Mr. Plummer made significant strides in bringing the new hospital into being, growing the medical staff, and expanding our satellite locations. He was able to bring the best possible equipment to the area, and will be missed by everyone,” said Dr. Thomas Connolly, orthopedic surgeon at Jersey Shore Hospital.

As for retirement plans, Plummer says he will be heading back home to his house in western Ohio to be with his family. However, before he leaves, he will be working with the new CEO during this transition phase.

“The time I spent serving the hospital with Carey Plummer, I was very impressed with his dedication. His integrity frequently shined during tough ethical moments, as he was able to make the right decisions,” said Dr. Richard Beatty, chairman of the Board of Directors at Jersey Shore Hospital. “He worked hard, was devoted, and spent countless hours working to better the hospital.”

The hospital’s Board of Directors has announced their appointment of David A. Shannon to the position of Jersey Shore Hospital president and CEO, beginning April 1.

Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the hospital’s management services company, conducted a national search for this position, and worked closely with the Board to identify the right candidate for the hospital and community.

Shannon comes to Jersey Shore from his current position as CEO of Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, Maine, where he has spent the past 20 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Shannon said he is excited to move back to the area, as both he and his wife Nancy’s families are nearby.

They have three grown sons, and look forward to establishing roots in the area.

Both have been active community volunteers in Lincoln.

“I believe the board made the right choice in selecting Mr. Shannon,” said Plummer.