WellSpan names Minnesota native as president, CEO

Dr. Roxanna L. Gapstur, has been named as president and CEO of WellSpan Health. Gapstur's appointment will be effective Jan. 2, 2019. She succeeds Dr. Kevin H. Mosser, who will retire Jan. 1, 2019.

WellSpan Health has appointed Dr. Roxanna L. Gapstur as its next president and CEO.

Gapstur is slated to take the reins on Jan. 2, 2019 and will succeed Dr. Kevin Mosser, who is retiring on Jan. 1 after more than 30 years with the health system

The appointment follows a national search that was led by WellSpan’s board of directors.

Gapstur was selected based on her experience in and leadership of a large  health care organization that has seen significant change and growth, said Steven M. Hovis, chairman of the WellSpan board and an attorney at York-based law firm Stock & Leader.

“Roxanna understands and appreciates the vital contribution that a locally-governed, mission-driven health system plays in the good health of its friends and neighbors, and she has an impressive track record of engaging with local leaders to make communities healthier, better places to live,” Hovis said in a statement.

A native of Minnesota, Gapstur comes to WellSpan after a year as president of Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in Minnesota. Park Nicollet is part of HealthPartners, a nonprofit health system based in Bloomington, Minnesota that includes eight hospitals, 1,800 employed physicians and more than 100 care locations.

Gapstur also is a senior vice president for HealthPartners. In that position, she has played a role in helping the system grow and develop new strategies to improve and pay for health care.

Overall Gapstur has been with HealthPartners for more than 10 years in a variety of leadership roles.

Gapstur is on the board of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, chairperson of the Metropolitan Healthcare Partnership and guest presenter for the University of Minnesota Master of Healthcare Administration Program. She has also served as past president and board chair of the Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing and as a past board member for the Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Gapstur earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota; a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota; and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Minnesota.

She and her husband, Kevin, have four adult daughters and plan to relocate to Central Pennsylvania.

Based in York Township, WellSpan operates six hospitals, a multispecialty medical group and a range of other providers at more than 140 patient-care locations. It has more than 15,000 employees.

“The growth and success of the organization is a testament to the commitment of the system’s board, leadership, physicians, staff members and volunteers, as well as a healthy culture of collaboration. I am very excited to lead such a fine organization, as WellSpan continues its journey of transformation in a rapidly changing health care environment,” she said in a statement. 


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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