New Carlisle Regional Medical Center CEO names leadership team

Rich Newell

Rich Newell, who was promoted to CEO of Carlisle Regional Medical Center on April 29 upon the departure of his precedessor, John Kristel, has named his leadership team.

According to a news release, Chief Operations Officer P. Mark Harmon, Chief Financial Officer Mike Johnson and Chief Nursing Executive Ann Spade together have more than six decades in Central Pennsylvania.

Harmon is a 24-year member of the CRMC team. His previous roles include assistant vice president of administration, vice president of human resources and, most recently, associate administrator. He is the vice chair of the board of trustees for the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, a member of the board of trustees for Leadership Cumberland and a member of Carlisle Rotary Club.

He holds the following degrees: M.S. in health services administration, Ohio University; M.A. in human resource management and industrial relations, St. Francis University; M.Ed. in adult education, Ohio University; and B.S. in health information administration, Alderson-Broaddus College.

“Mark’s record of commitment to the Carlisle community and outstanding professional achievements made him my top choice for COO,” Newell said.

Johnson is a 20-year veteran of the health care industry, including more than a decade of experience in health care finance. Most recently he was CFO for two Lancaster area hospitals, Heart and Lancaster Regional Medical Center, which like CRMC are part of the for-profit Florida-based Health Management Associates.

He is a board member for both the Lancaster EMS Association and the Imaging Center of Lancaster. Previous to joining the south-central Pennsylvania community, Johnson served in the New Jersey Air National Guard for 16 years. He holds an M.B.A. from Rutgers University-Camden and a B.S. in finance from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

“Mike is a great leader with strong ties to south-central Pennsylvania,” Newell said. “He has a solid track record, and I’m confident he’ll be a key player in helping Carlisle Regional Medical Center grow and develop into an even stronger, positive community presence.”

Spade is in her third decade of service at CRMC. Her roles have included registered nurse in obstetrics, labor and delivery; women’s health educator; and director of education. As chief nursing executive, she leads a team of clinical directors and managers. Spade is a member of the Nursing Program Advisory Boards at both Harrisburg Area Community College and Penn State Mont Alto. She is active in the medical center’s annual Relay for Life team and the Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation and does volunteer work for her local church. She has an M.S. in nursing from Regis University in Denver and a B.S. in nursing from Villanova University, and she is certified in nursing professional development.

“Ann is an outstanding medical professional with a gift for leadership,” Newell said. “She uses her first-hand knowledge of patient care to guide her team in providing truly exceptional care to all patients.”

Prior to becoming CRMC CEO, Newell was chief operating officer with the center for three years. Before that, Newell served as COO at Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, in addition to executing leadership roles as a director of business development and physician practice manager.

Kristel, who led CRMC for four years, left to become CEO of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Lehigh Valley.

Heather Stauffer

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