WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital appoints new president

Thomas R. Harlow will be president of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital starting June 6. - (Photo / Submitted)

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon announced today it will have a new president as of June 6.

Thomas R. Harlow will serve as president of WellSpan Good Samaritan and as senior vice president of York-based WellSpan Health System, according to a news release.

As senior vice president of the health system, he will lead WellSpan’s system of care in Lebanon County.

As president of WellSpan Good Samaritan, Harlow will be responsible for day-to-day operations, and he will oversee initiatives to improve performance and patient experience.

Harlow is replacing Robert J. Longo as president. Longo retired from the hospital in December after 32 years.

Harlow joins WellSpan from Geisinger Health System, where he served as chief executive of Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital since 2006.

He attended Saint Francis University in Cambria County and Penn State University. He has a master’s degree in human resource management and a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration.

Harlow is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Management Forum of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

WellSpan conducted an extensive search for a new president before deciding on Harlow, according to John P. Welch, chairman for WellSpan Good Samaritan’s board of directors and head of the organization’s executive search committee.

“His experience running a community-based hospital makes him an ideal fit for this role, as we work to improve the health of Lebanon County residents,” Welch said.

Harlow understands the significance of WellSpan Good Samaritan on the Lebanon community, as it has been there for more than 125 years.

“I believe that community connection is extremely important,” Harlow said. “With that in mind, I’m looking forward to focusing on quality, value and service – along with building upon the friendly, welcoming atmosphere at WellSpan Good Samaritan – to create truly exceptional patient experiences.”

Good Samaritan Hospital joined WellSpan in July 2015.

Lenay Ruhl

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