Mosser planning to step down as president/CEO of WellSpan

Search underway for next health system chief

Dr. Kevin Mosser, president and CEO of WellSpan Health, will be retiring from his post by the end of the year. - (Photo / File Photo)

WellSpan Health is searching for a new president and CEO due to the pending retirement of its current chief.

Dr. Kevin Mosser is planning to retire at the end of the year and a search has begun to find his replacement, said Steven M. Hovis, chairman of the WellSpan board of directors and an attorney at York-based law firm Stock & Leader.

WellSpan has enlisted Illinois-based search firm Witt/Kieffer to find applicants to replace Mosser, who has been WellSpan’s president and CEO since 2013. Witt/Kieffer is zeroing in on a second round of candidate interviews later this month, according to the company’s projected timeline. Hovis declined to comment on the details of the search.  

The WellSpan board is searching for a candidate who can bring experience leading a growing health system in a time of change in the delivery and financing of health care, according to a candidate profile prepared by Witt/Kiefer and posted to its website.

Mosser is expected to remain with WellSpan throughout the system’s pending merger with Summit Health and until a successor has been appointed and brought on board, said Rick Ayers, vice president of public relations and marketing for WellSpan. The merger with Franklin County-based is expected to wrap up this fall. 

WellSpan has a deep commitment to its communities and to advancing local care within those communities. We are confident that our board will select a leader who shares our commitment to preserving these values,” Ayers said. 

Mosser’s successor also will need to keep in mind an increasingly competitive market and assess threats, opportunities for growth and potential partnerships, according to the profile.   

New rivals for WellSpan include UPMC, which is in the middle of building a hospital in West Manchester Township to replace the existing UPMC Pinnacle Memorial Hospital in Spring Garden Township.

Based in York Township, WellSpan operates a multispecialty medical group, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization and six hospitals. It has more than 15,000 employees and more than 140 patient care locations in York, Lancaster, Adams, Lebanon and Franklin counties.

Summit Health is a $552 million nonprofit health system anchored by Chambersburg Hospital, Waynesboro Hospital and a 265-member medical group.

Following the merger, WellSpan will be serving roughly 1 million people in a territory stretching from Lancaster and Lebanon counties in the east to Franklin County in the west.

Mosser lives in Spring Garden Township with his wife. His two sons live in Seattle. 

A native of Jim Thorpe, he began his career in 1979 as a resident physician in the York Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, according to Business Journal records. His tenure includes a stint as president of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital from 2004 to 2010.

When he became CEO, he succeeded Bruce Bartels, who had led the health system for 25 years. Mosser was executive vice president and COO at the time of his promotion to the top job.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from Penn’s School of Medicine.


Emily Thurlow
​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com.

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