Meet the Team at Meadville Medical Center
Philip Pandolph, FACHE
President / Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Mr. Pandolph joined Meadville Medical Center (MMC) in February of 2008
as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and was named President and CEO in
January of 2010. In partnership with a Community Board, Mr. Pandolph provides
strategic direction and oversight for MMC and its subsidiaries. MMC and
its Subsidiaries has grown from 127 million in FY 2008 to 240 million
in projected operating revenue in FY 2017.
Mr. Pandolph has over 28 years of healthcare experience ranging from various
clinical and managerial roles. Before joining MMC, Mr. Pandolph was the
Chief Operating Officer at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center
(SMRMC), a nonprofit community health system serving southwest Mississippi
and southeastern Louisiana, where he served for five years. Prior to serving
as COO at SWRMC, Mr. Pandolph was employed by Healthcare Visions Ltd.
as a clinical and financial consultant.
Mr. Pandolph is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
(FACHE), obtained a B.S.N. from the University of California, PA and M.B.A.
from Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, PA.
Lee M. Clinton, FACHE
President & CEO of Titusville Area Hospital
Vice President of System Integration at Meadville Medical Center
Mr. Clinton joined Meadville Medical Center (MMC) in May 2016 as the President
& CEO of Titusville Area Hospital, MMC’s wholly-owned critical
access hospital. Mr. Clinton has over 15 years of healthcare experience
ranging from various clinical and managerial roles. For the 10 years prior
to joining MMC, Mr. Clinton was the COO at Perry County Health System
(PCMH), a critical access hospital located in Southeast Missouri. During
his final two years there, PCMH was named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital
in the nation by the National Rural Health Association.
Lee received a Bachelor of Health Science degree in respiratory therapy
and a Master's degree in healthcare administration from the University
of Missouri in Columbia; and a Master’s degree in business administration
from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.
Clinton is board certified in healthcare administration as a Fellow of
the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). For years, Mr.
Clinton served on the Board of Directors of the University of Missouri
Health Management Program’s Alumni Association and served as President
from 2012-2014. Mr. Clinton received the Early Careerist Award from the
University of Missouri's Health Management Alumni Association in 2008;
and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Early Careerist
Regents Award in 2011.
Valerie B. Waid, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Valerie Waid, a native of Meadville, joined Meadville Medical Center (MMC)
in 2007, as the Director of the newly constructed, Yolanda G. Barco Oncology
(YGBOI) Institute. In 2012, she was named Vice President of Clinical Operations,
providing executive oversight to Oncology, Cardiology, Radiology, Laboratory,
Pharmacy, and the Trauma Program with services at Liberty Street, Grove
Street, Vernon Place and YGBOI.
Mrs. Waid has over 20 years of healthcare experience. She earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in nursing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
She worked as an inpatient oncology/hematology nurse at the University
of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). While at UPMC, she advanced as a
nurse manager of the National Institute of Health's General Clinical
Research Center. Mrs. Waid instructed and provided resources for the development
of Phase I, II and III clinical research trials.
While working full-time as a nurse manager, Mrs. Waid completed an accelerated
MBA program from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, with a concentration
in management. She left the hospital arena to become an administrator
for the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Clinical Pharmacology.
This position allowed her project management of a multi-faceted, complex
organization while managing budget preparation and forecasting as well
as grant writing for N.I.H. and commercial opportunities.
As an executive nurse consultant for McKesson Corporation, Mrs. Waid performed
workflow analysis, provided clinical rationalization for pending sales
and educated audiences as an expert on medication safety products and
integration systems across the country. Most recently, Mrs. Waid worked
for Deloitte as a senior consultant in its strategy and operations healthcare/life
In 2012, Mrs. Waid became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare
Executives. She is the first woman at Meadville Medical Center to earn
this distinction. Additionally, Mrs. Waid serves as a board member for
Women's Services, Inc. and the Economic Progress Alliance.
Mrs. Waid resides in Meadville, with her husband, Robb.
Mike Downing, MBA, CMPE, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Services (CHS)
Michael C. Downing serves as the CEO of Community Health Services, a subsidiary
of Meadville Medical Center. He oversees the following services: Rural
Health Clinics (medical, dental and behavioral health clinics), Family
Planning, Women Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Services, Mobile
Psychiatric Nursing and Hospice of Crawford County.
Downing previously worked at UPMC Horizon as vice president of Planning
& Marketing. He has experience in strategic planning and business
development, physician recruitment, public relations and human resources.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science
degree with honors in Health Planning and Administration, received his
Master's degree in Business Administration from Gannon University,
and completed post-graduate coursework in accounting from the University
of Phoenix. He is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) and a
Fellow of the America College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
He and his family reside in Hempfield Township, Mercer County. Downing
serves on the Board of Directors of the Meadville Chamber of Commerce.
He is active in Lions Clubs International, is treasurer of local Meadville
Lions Club as well as treasurer of two other regional Lions Club entities.
Vice President of Clinical and Support Services
Chief Nurse Executive
MaryAnn Hewston, MPM, BSN, RN, NHA, began her nursing career at Spencer
Hospital in 1980 upon graduating magna cum laude from Edinboro University
with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She worked as an RN charge
nurse on a Medical / Surgical floor and later moved to the Intensive Care
Unit. She first moved into management in 1984 as a nursing supervisor
and worked through the merger of Spencer and City Hospitals becoming Meadville
Medical Center (MMC) in 1986. In 1992, Hewston was named director of nursing
of the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) and was responsible for opening the
first hospital-based skilled nursing facility in Crawford County. Upon
the opening of TCU in January 1993, she returned to college at Slippery
Rock University in the nursing home administrators program and successfully
passed state and federal licensure as a nursing home administrator in
1994. Hewston then moved into the role of TCU administrator and was ultimately
given more responsibility a few years later as she was asked to manage
the Pain Management Center along with TCU.
In 1998, Hewston returned to graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh and graduated with highest distinction receiving her master’s
degree in healthcare administration in 2001. She was further promoted
to administration at MMC in 2004. Her current role is to administratively
oversee all the nursing and patient care issues for the Transitional Care
Unit, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, the Department of Pain Care,
the Inpatient and Outpatient Stepping Stones (Drug and Alcohol) Units,
the Inpatient Mental Health Unit, and the Clinical Informatics Department.
She is also responsible for Pharmacy and Laboratory services throughout MMC.
Hewston’s professional appointments, memberships, and awards include:
Two Pennsylvania Governor appointments (with confirmations by the State
Senate) to the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
with her 1st term appointment by Governor Rendell March 2009 to September
2013 and her 2nd term appointment by Governor Corbett September 2013 to
September 2017, she has also served as Chairperson on this board since
December 2011 as per her colleagues nominations. The Transitional Care
Unit has maintained a 5-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) since July 2012 under her administrative
leadership while the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit has won multiple awards
and 5-star ratings in orthopedic and rehabilitation care since 2007. In
2011, Hewston won a Nurse Excellence Award at MMC and in 2008 she was
recognized for” Leadership in Professions” by the community
YWCA in their Tribute to Women. Hewston remains an active board member
in Crawford County Human Services since appointment by the county commissioners
in 2009. She served the American Hospital Association Regional Policy
Board for two consecutive terms from 2008 to-2013 representing Rehabilitation
and Long Term Care services and also served the Governing Body of the
Executive Board of Hospital and Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania
(HAP) from 2001 to 2008 as member, chairman elect, chairman and past chairman.
Hewston served on Governor Rendell’s Task Force on Healthcare Reform,
the Nursing Home Transition Subcommittee in 2007 and was further recognized
with the HAP Leadership Award as chairman for the Long Term Care Providers
in 2006. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse
Leaders and the American College of Health Care Executives and Administrators.
Vice President of Rehabilitation and Outpatient Services
Anne has over 30 years of healthcare experience. Her current responsibilities
at Meadville Medical Center include administrative oversight of PT, OT,
Speech, Audiology, Sports Medicine, Respiratory Therapy, Sleep Lab and
Anesthesia. Anne chairs the Strategic Facility Planning committee.
Anne graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science
(Occupational Therapy) and obtained a Master of Science (Health Care Administration)
from Champlain College.
Vice President of Ancillary Services
Brian MacMurray oversees Facility Engineering, Construction, Real Estate,
Safety, Security, Environmental Services and Dietary. He also serves as
Chairperson for the Physical Environment, Safety Management, and Workplace
Violence Prevention Committees. Brian attended Thiel College in Greenville,
PA, and has over 47 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He
has held a similar position as Director of Engineering, Environmental
Services and Security with UPMC Horizon Hospital System, as well as the
position of Regional Sales and Service Manager for Northeast Medical Consulting,
Inc. He has extensive experience in medical facility evaluation and requirements
of life safety codes. He has also worked in negotiating medical facility
service contracts and has organized and implemented the required preventive
maintenance programs and ensured effectiveness. While working for the
medical consulting firm, MacMurray managed accounts in 13 states in over
300 hospitals, surgery centers and doctors' offices from Alabama to
MacMurray is also well-versed in DNV and Department of Health inspections
and has been involved in safety, product standardization, quality improvement,
plant acquisition management, environment of care, fire response and bio-hazard
response teams. He has many years of experience understanding the various
regulatory bodies and managing statements of conditions and plans for
corrections. He is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering
(ASHE) and National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), as well as a board
member of United Way of Western Crawford County. He and his family reside
Denise Johnson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Denise Johnson, MD, oversees the Quality and Medical Staff Departments,
Continuing Medical Education, Osteopathic Internship/Residency Program
and Guest Services.
Dr. Johnson is a board-certified obstetrician / gynecologist who joined
the medical staff at MMC in 1996. She was formerly co-owner of Meadville
OB / GYN Associates and The Laser Cosmetic Center of Meadville, but no
longer sees patients.
Dr. Johnson received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in
Boston, Massachusetts, her medical degree from Georgetown University School
of Medicine in Washington, DC, and served her residency at Vanderbilt
University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She served as president
of the MMC medical staff in 2005 and chairman of the Obstetrical Department
from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Johnson has received numerous honors including
being elected as a woman of the year in the YWCA Tribute to Women, The
Leadership and Tempo Awards for Community Service, and the J. William
Hillman Award for Teaching Excellence. The Obstetric Department has won
the Premier Quality Award for Excellence in the Care of Pregnancy and
Related Conditions, MMC, three times. She has been involved in many community
organizations including The Meadville Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
Board and The Family Health Council Board. She is currently a commissioner
of the Pennsylvania’s Commission for Women and Chairperson of the
board for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
Vice President of Human Resources
Greg Maras is the vice president of the Human Resources Department for
MMC. His responsibilities include the overall management of human resources,
employee safety / security, and education. He brings over 17 years of
human resources experience to MMC and has held the positions of director
of employee relations at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and
director of human resources and recruitment at Humility of Mary Health
Partners in Youngstown, Ohio. He has also worked closely with adults and
children with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
Maras holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown
State University and a Master’s degree in labor relations and human
resources from Cleveland State University.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Rene Suntay oversees all financial aspects of the medical center. This
includes accounting, investments, patient access, patient financial services,
central billing office, utilization management, social services, materials
management, health information services and information systems.
Suntay has over 30 years of financial experience in both non-profit and
for profit healthcare organizations. He has held similar positions at
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Catholic Health Partners, Creighton University
Medical Center (a Tenet Healthcare facility), Allegheny Health Education
and Research Foundation and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Suntay holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business
Administration in Finance from Xavier University.
E. Max Weiss, Esq.
General Legal Counsel
Attorney Weiss is the founding partner of Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma
and Schug, PC. He is a litigator, mediator, and now, general legal counsel
for the medical center. With more than 38 years of experience as a trial
lawyer and as a mediator, his emphasis in law has been in civil litigation,
personal injury and mediation / arbitration (non-binding, binding and
sole.) Weiss has also served on the MMC Board of Directors. He was a member
from 2003 to 2008 and chairman of the board from 2005 to 2008.
He received his B.A. degree from Susquehanna University, his Doctor of
Jurisprudence degree from Dickinson School of Law, and training in mediation
including courses with the United States Arbitration & Mediation Service
and the National Judicial College for courses in civil mediation.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association,
Crawford County Bar Association (President 1991), Pennsylvania Association
for Justice, American Association for Justice, America Inns of Court,
Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter (President, 2001-2002). He is a Fellow
of the American Bar Foundation, Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Supreme Court
of Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee (1988-1994), Pennsylvania
Council of Mediators, Association for Conflict Resolution Practitioner,
a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the American
Health Lawyers Association, and a member of Public Responsibility in Medicine
Vice President of Community Engagement
President Meadville Medical Center Foundation
Donald Rhoten moved to Meadville in 2012 to serve as President of the Meadville
Medical Center Foundation. In this position, he leads the Foundation in
advancing the mission and vision of the medical center by engaging the
community and promoting the importance of maintaining an independent community hospital.
Rhoten holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of
Pittsburgh, a Masters of Science in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy
from Bay Path College, and has achieved the Certified Fund Raising Executive
credential. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
and serves a variety of local and national organizations in a voluntary capacity.
Rhoten resides in Meadville with his family.
Vice President of Physician Services
Chris Miles is responsible for all finance and operations for Meadville
Physician Services, as well as the hospital's dermatology, occupational
medicine, and neurology practices.
Miles joined MMC in January 2014, when he relocated to Meadville with his
wife and three sons. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Institute
of CPA's Health Care Committee. Mr. Miles earned his undergraduate
degree from Bloomsburg University, and a MBA from the University of Michigan,
Gabrielle F. Pierce, Esquire
Corporate Compliance Officer/Associate Legal Counsel
Gabrielle F. Pierce, Esquire is responsible for overseeing the corporate
compliance program for the organization. She graduated from Washington
and Jefferson College in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science and History.
In 2006, she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Duquesne University
School of Law.
Ms. Pierce served as law clerk to the Honorable Francis J. Fornelli for
two years prior to working in private practice with the Fuller Petruso
Law Firm. There she focused her practice in the areas of estate planning
and administration, family law and real estate but also participated in
civil litigation, contract law, and juvenile law.
In 2012, Attorney Pierce became the In House Solicitor for Crawford County
Children and Youth Services. In that position, she represented the needs
and welfare of abused and neglected children. She remained there until
March 2015 when she began her role with Meadville Medical Center.