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Kendra Aucker Named President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital

May 19, 2015 03:20PM ● By Kevin

The board of directors of Evangelical Community Hospital has appointed Kendra Aucker as President and CEO of the Hospital, taking over for Michael O’Keefe, who announced his retirement after nearly 25 years of service with the hospital, a decade of which was in the CEO position.

“I am honored to be guiding Evangelical in its mission to provide quality care to our community,” said Aucker. “As someone who has worked beside the team of Evangelical employees for almost two decades, I’m fully aware of the expertise that lives within the Hospital’s walls, and am privileged to partner with those experts to continue to deliver high quality, affordable care in a safe and compassionate setting.”

Ms. Aucker has been an integral part of Evangelical Community Hospital’s team of experts since 1990. Serving in roles of marketing, physician practice management, operations, and executive leadership, Ms. Aucker has helped shape the strategic growth that sets Evangelical apart from other community hospitals.

Roger Haddon, Chair of the Board of Directors at Evangelical, said, “When choosing who will guide Evangelical into the future, Kendra stands out as someone who has a passion for the Hospital and who, through the breadth of her experience, will be able to position the Hospital in innovative ways that ensure its success in the ever-changing healthcare landscape.”

Ms. Aucker will officially take the reins of President and CEO in July after Mr. O’Keefe concludes his time at Evangelical at the end of June. Mr. O’Keefe said, “As someone who has had a long working relationship with Kendra as she has served the Hospital in many roles, I have the greatest confidence that she will excel as a leader who can relate to all areas of teamwork needed to set Evangelical apart as a model for community hospitals.”

In her most recent role of Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at the Hospital, Ms. Aucker was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Hospital and oversaw the Surgical, Orthopaedic, Cardiovascular, and Imaging service lines as well as the employed physician group, Laboratory Services, Pharmacy Services, Environmental Services, Plant Engineering, Project Management, Nutritional Services, and Safety and Security. She also had reporting responsibility for Information Technology and Human Resources.

Ms. Aucker is a Licensed Agent through the Insurance Department of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with qualifications in Accident & Health, and Life and Fixed Annuities. She is a Healthcare Fellow of the Healthcare Advisory Board and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Medical Group Management Association.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Frederick Taylor University.

Active in the community, she serves on the Boards of Directors of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation, and WITF, Inc. She is a member/past president of the Selinsgrove Rotary Club, a former director/past president of the Central Susquehanna United Way and a graduate, former director, and past president of Leadership Susquehanna Valley. She received the Leadership Susquehanna Valley Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006, the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005, and the Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award in 2012.

In 2015, Ms. Aucker had the honor of receiving the Adam Smith Distinguished Leadership Award. Recognized as one of the most prestigious honors by EconomicsPennsylvania, the award is given to individuals who reflect the wholesome values of community service, individual achievement, personal integrity, and commitment to the highest standards of excellence in their professional careers.

Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs over 1,600 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties.

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