Susquehanna Health has appointed two long-time officials of the former Laurel Health System to key positions here.
Jan Fisher was named chief operating officer and executive vice president and Ronald Butler was named chief business development officer and executive vice president.
In her new role, Fisher will have overall operating responsibilities for the Susquehanna's four hospitals - Williamsport and Divine Providence here, Muncy Valley in Muncy and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in Wellsboro - and their related home care and long-term care services.
Fisher will work out of Williamsport's office two to three days a week until a new CEO is hired for Soldiers and Sailors. Once that occurs, Fisher, who has more than 35 years of hospital operations experience, will be at the city five days a week.
Most recently, she served as president and CEO of Soldiers and Sailors, The Green Home and Tioga Health Care Providers, as well as executive vice president of Laurel Health System.
Prior to joining Laurel Health, she spent 19 years at North Broward, Fla., hospitals in various administrative positions. During her tenure there, the North Broward Hospital district grew into a four-hospital system with more than 1,600 beds and 5,000 employees.
Butler will oversee new startups, closures and restructuring, as well as system partnerships and federally qualified health clinics.
He will be at the city office one day a week.
Butler has more than 38 years of hospital and health system operations experience in Florida and Pennsylvania. His most recent position was president and CEO for Laurel Health System as well as president for North Penn Comprehensive Health Services.
Prior to his position with Laurel Health, Butler was chief operating officer and executive director for Soldiers and Sailors. Before his move to Pennsylvania, he spent 13 years as assistant administrator for the North Broward Medical Center in Pompano Beach, Fla.
"I'm pleased to have Ron Butler and Jan Fisher join the senior leadership team of our new combined health system corporate staff," said Steve Johnson, Susquehanna Health president and CEO.
"Their strong business and hospital and health system backgrounds will enhance our senior leadership team. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital and all of its affiliates are in a solid financial position, which is a direct result of Ron and Jan's leadership. Together we will be able to improve the coordination of care for our patients throughout northcentral Pennsylvania," Johnson added.