Johnson leaving post for job with UPMC International – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

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May 19, 2022
Steven Johnson is stepping down as president of UPMC in North Central Pa. by the end of the year to take a position with UPMC International.
According to a news release from UPMC, the change will be effective on Dec. 31, 2022.
Patti Jackson-Gehris will succeed Johnson as president of UPMC in North Central Pa. and UPMC Williamsport.
“After 38 years of esteemed service and leadership for UPMC in North Central Pa., Mr. Johnson will assume a critical leadership role with UPMC International as co-CEO of Chengdu Wanda UPMC International Hospital in China, as well as continue to support selected strategic initiatives for UPMC in North Central Pa.,” the news release said.
“This announcement and transition are bittersweet for me and come after months of thoughtful consideration with UPMC leadership and the board of directors here in north central Pa.,” said Johnson, according to the news release. “It’s been a blessing and a privilege to serve our patients and community, and I am excited by the opportunities that lie ahead in my new role with UPMC International.”
After 20 years in various senior executive roles, Johnson began his tenure as president and CEO of Susquehanna Health in 2004. In 2016, under Johnson’s leadership, Susquehanna Health joined UPMC.
“We are grateful for Steve’s leadership and life-long commitment to the health of Lycoming County and the surrounding communities,” said David Gibbons, senior vice president for health services for UPMC and market president for UPMC in Northwest Pa. and New York and North Central Pa. “We wish him well on his new endeavor supporting UPMC International’s critical growth in China.”
“In just a few short months, Ms. Jackson-Gehris has proven herself a highly capable and dynamic leader who can achieve success during the most challenging times,” said Gibbons, according to the news release. “She has benefitted from being mentored by many leaders throughout the UPMC system — including Mr. Johnson — and she will undoubtedly use what she has learned and her own talents and abilities to bring continued growth and services to this region.”
In addition to her work with UPMC, Jackson-Gehris has helped foster partnerships within the region to support health and wellness in the community by serving on various community Boards including Lycoming County United Way, River Valley Regional YMCA and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, according to the news release.
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