President/Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Pandolph joined Meadville Medical Center (MMC) in February of 2008 as the Chief Operating Officer 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 177 million in projected operating revenue in FY 2015.
Mr. Pandolph has over twenty-six 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 healthsystem 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 fifteen years of healthcare experience ranging from various clinical and managerial roles. For the 10-years prior to joining MMC, Mr. Clinton was the Chief Operating Officer 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 health care 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, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Emergency Department, Cardiology, Radiology, as well as YGBOI. Waid has 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. While at UPMC, she advanced as a nurse manager of the General Clinical Research Center. Waid instructed and provided resources for the development of phase I, II, and III clinical research trials. She organized N.I.H. funded infrastructures for the implementation and oversight of 200 + research protocols. Waid was on the founding Professional Practice Council at UPMC and was a system-wide leader of nurses’ week activities.
While working full-time as a nurse manager, 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, Waid performed work flow 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, Waid worked for Deloitte and Touche" as a senior consultant in its strategy and operations healthcare/life sciences division. Clients included large healthcare systems in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
In 2012, Waid became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Waid is the first woman at Meadville Medical Center to earn this distinction.
Additionally, Waid serves as a board member for Women's Services, Inc.
Waid resides in Meadville, with her husband, Robb.
Mike Downing, CMPE
Chief Executive Officer, CHS
Michael C. Downing has the responsibility, as the chief executive officer of Community Health Services, a subsidiary of MMC, of overseeing the following services: Family Planning, Women Infants & Children Nutrition Services, and Valley Dental Center. He also serves as CEO of Conneaut Valley Health Center (CVHC), Primary Care Support Services, and Hospice of Crawford County, also subsidiaries of MMC. CVHC operates four rural health centers located in Conneautville, Conneaut Lake, Cambridge Springs, and Meadville.
Downing previously worked at UPMC Horizon in Greenville 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 the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree 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 Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
He and his family reside in Hempfield Township, outside Greenville. Downing serves as president of the Greenville Area School Board. He is active in Lions Clubs International and is a member of the Meadville Lions Club and treasurer of the Greenville Lions Club.
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 B.S.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 health care 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.
Shaffer resides in Meadville with his family.
Vice President of Rehabilitation and Outpatient Services
Anne White is responsible for Respiratory, Anesthesia, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehab, and Speech Therapy. She is also responsible for surgery expansion and renovation projects. White is the chair of the Facilities Development Committee which is responsible for the development of the Vernon Place site, the future location for the delivery of outpatient care for the community.
White holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Hospital Administration from Champlain College. She worked as a pediatric Occupational Therapist at the Hospital for Sick Children from 1984 to 1991 before moving to Meadville in 1992.
White established the Occupational Therapy at Meadville Medical Center in 1992 to align with the opening of the Inpatient Rehab Unit and the thirty two bed skilled nursing home facility.
Vice President of Ancillary Services
Brian MacMurray attended Thiel College in Greenville. Most recently he served as the regional sales and service manager for Northeast Medical Consulting, Inc. He was also the director of engineering, environmental services and security with UPMC Horizon Hospital System. 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 Minnesota. He is nationally licensed to inspect and verify new and existing medical gas systems.
MacMurray is also well-versed in Joint Commission 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 and his family reside in Greenville.
Denise Johnson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Denise Johnson, MD, oversees the Quality and Medical Staff Departments, Continuing Medical Education, Osteopathic Internship Program, and Guest Services.
Dr. Johnson is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who joined the medical staff at MMC in 1996. She was formerly with the 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 the 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 active with her church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
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 seventeen 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
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 thirty plus 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.
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 and Research.
General Legal Counsel
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 Meadville Medical Center 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, Ann Arbor.
Executive Director, Strategic Physician Initiatives
Ms. Wilson joined Meadville Medical Center (MMC) in July of 2014 as the Executive Director, Strategic Physician Initiatives. Kelly is responsible for directing and overseeing a variety of programs designed to foster closer working relationships between independent physicians and physician groups and Meadville Medical Center and its subsidiaries.
Kelly also has oversight of the Community Care Network, Children’s Care Network, Social Services and Dieticians at MMC.
Kelly brings extensive educational and professional experience to her role. It includes a BSN degree from West Virginia University followed by MS in nursing administration and MA in business administration degrees from Duquesne University. Her professional experiences include more than sixteen years of clinical/financial management roles in cardiovascular service line and critical care nursing at Washington (PA) Hospital and UPMC Presbyterian Hospital roles in neurology, liver transplant service, medical cardiology, and vascular/trauma surgery.
Kelly also gained extensive experience implementing a beta Cardiovascular Information System at Washington Hospital that integrated pre, peri, and post procedural staff and physician documentation as well as offering a comprehensive web-based ECG, Echocardiogram, Cardiac Catheterization, and Nuclear Reporting solution to employed and non-employed providers to improve overall access and efficiency within the CV service line.
Her professional experience also includes more than four years of health care consulting with Corazon, Inc. providing project oversight as well as clinical and operations consultation to hospitals, physicians, and health networks across the continuum of care. She worked with us at MMC as a Corazon Consultant in 2013-2014 providing clinical and operational consulting to some of our employed physician practices.
She resides in Meadville with her husband and son.
Gabrielle F. Pierce
Esquire, Associate Legal Counsel/Compliance Officer
Gabrielle F. Pierce, Esquire graduated from W&J magna cum laude in 2003, where she was inducted into the National Honorary Society Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha, a National Political Science Honorary Society. 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, President Judge of the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas for two years prior to working in private practice with the Fuller Petruso Law Firm. There she focused her practice primarily 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
Ms. Pierce lives in Meadville with her family. She is a board member of C.A.S.A. (Crawford County Court Appointed Special Advocate) as well as Crawford County READ Program. Ms. Pierce is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Crawford County Bar Associations and St. Hippolyte Finance Committee.