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Alder Health Services leader to helm St. Joseph Health Ministries

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Philip K. Goropoulos
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Longtime Alder Health Services leader Philip K. Goropoulos will be leaving to begin a new role at St. Joseph Health Ministries on May 1, SJHM has announced.

Goropoulos, 38, has been with Harrisburg-based Alder Health Services (formerly AIDS Community Alliance) for 14 years and served as its president and CEO. He will hold the same position at SJHM, which is based in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County.

"Phil's talents for innovation and excellence in leadership are impressive," Dr. Peter J. Ross, SJHM board chairman, said in a news release. "Clearly, he understands what is needed for the success of a community-based non-profit like St. Joseph Health Ministries in connecting with and serving our communities in meaningful ways. We are excited that Phil is joining our organization and confident he is the right choice to lead it."

"I'm excited about this leadership opportunity with St. Joseph Health Ministries. My commitment to nonprofit, community based health runs deep, and I look forward to working with the board and staff to grow and enhance the work of this fine organization," Goropoulos said.

He will be taking the SJHM reins from Beth Grossmann, who has filled the position on an interim basis since November and will return to her previous role of director of development and marketing. Doug Preston, who serves as Goropoulos's assistant, said Alder will be searching for a new leader.

A native of Lancaster, Goropoulos has a master's degree in nonprofit management from Regis University and a bachelor's degree in English and American studies from Dickinson College, Carlisle. He completed the Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Executive Leadership Program at UCLA and won the nonprofit leadership excellence award at the Business Journal's Nonprofit Innovation Awards in 2012.

SJHM, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is a nonprofit community health services organization that improves the health of children in need in Lancaster County. Since the debut of its "Brush. Brush. Smile!" program in 2004, it has provided more than $5 million worth of dental care and oral health education to 46,000 children in the county's 16 school districts. In 2013, it launched Children's Dental Services of Columbia, a program providing dental care to children from birth through entry to kindergarten.

Alder started in Lancaster County in 1985. Its mission is to meet the health needs of the LGBT community, those living with HIV/AIDS and people struggling with addiction.

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