Don McKenna, MPHWest Shore Region Hospital President, Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center
As West Shore regional president, Don McKenna sets the standard for operational excellence in the region and drives operations and growth for both Penn State Health Hampden and Holy Spirt Medical Centers.
Prior to joining Penn State Health, McKenna previously was the president and chief executive officer of Jupiter Health in Jupiter, Fla., where he oversaw the creation of a comprehensive stroke center with neuro-surgical and interventional services, the development of an open-heart surgery program and the opening of two new urgent care centers. He also managed more than $125 million in capital projects.
For 10 years, McKenna served as the president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens, Ga., where he led the acquisition of two hospitals and expanded the health system’s presence throughout northeast Georgia.
McKenna earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Long Island University, Brookville, N.Y.Biography
Kyle C. Snyder, MHARegional Chief Operating Officer, Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center
As regional chief operating officer of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, Kyle Snyder leads the West Shore region’s delivery of high-quality medical care to the community.
After joining Penn State Health in 2020, Snyder was named chief operating officer of Holy Spirit Medical Center, a position he held until June 2022. Previously he had served as the chief administrative officer for Geisinger Holy Spirit, where he oversaw the operations of Holy Spirit Hospital, Holy Spirit Medical Group and Holy Spirit Emergency Medical Services. Snyder established the direction for clinical program growth at Geisinger Holy Spirit and guided its investment of capital, recruitment of physicians and staff, and transition from a community hospital to a regional referral center for south central Pennsylvania.
During his tenure at Geisinger Holy Spirit, Snyder and his leadership team facilitated multiple physician practice acquisitions and developed and executed numerous business plans for expansion of services, including its Advanced Endoscopic Ultrasound, Level II Trauma Center, pediatric inpatient unit and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Center.
Previously, Snyder served as the associate vice president for surgery and anesthesia at Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., administrative director of emergency medicine at WellSpan Health, York, Pa., and administrator of the division of nursing at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland.
Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree in health policy and management from Providence College, Providence, R.I., and a master’s degree in health administration from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He also completed an administrative fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.Biography
Leslyn Williamson, DNP, MPH, NEA-BC, FACHERegional Chief Nursing Officer, Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center
As regional chief nursing officer for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Holy Spirit Medical Center, Leslyn Williamson is responsible for nursing and patient experience at both hospitals.
Prior to joining the health system, Williamson was the chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., which is part of Ellis Medicine, a 438-bed community hospital and teaching system. She provided strategic and operational leadership for clinical and nonclinical departments, physician relations and support services, with a focus on process improvement and patient satisfaction. She also oversaw the skilled nursing facility and its home care division.
Williamson also served as vice president of Patient Care Services at New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System.
A board-certified, advanced nurse executive, Williamson is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has completed The Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement, a Cornell University certificate program, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Executive Leadership Program.
In addition to earning a doctorate in nursing practice at Rutgers University, Rutgers, N.J., Williamson has completed a master’s degree in nursing administration at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and a master’s degree in public health, health policy and management, at New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing at State University of New York at New Paltz.Biography
James Leaming, MDVice President of Medical Affairs, Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center
As vice president of medical affairs for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, Dr. James Leaming is responsible for leading the development and recruitment of the medical staff and oversees the acute care hospital’s relationships with private practice physicians to ensure clinical integration and patient and provider quality and satisfaction.
He also serves as regional director of emergency medicine for Penn State Health, with oversight of emergency departments at Hampden Medical Center, Holy Spirit Medical Center and Lancaster Medical Center. Lancaster Medical Center is scheduled to open later in 2022.
Leaming joined Holy Spirit Hospital in 2016 after serving Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for eight years, including roles as director of emergency medicine research, director of emergency medicine observation and director of emergency medicine research fellowship.
Board-certified in emergency medicine, Leaming graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio. He completed both a residency and a research fellowship in emergency medicine at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, N.Y. He is accredited by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the Pennsylvania Medical Society.Biography
Randy MorrisVice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, West Shore Region, Penn State Health
Randy Morris is the vice president and chief financial officer for Penn State Health, West Shore Region, which includes Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center and Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center.
Morris served in a similar role for Geisinger Health and was responsible for the finance operations of Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, Geisinger Holy Spirit Medical Group, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger Achieving Excellence. He served as associate vice president of finance and system reimbursement at Geisinger Medical Center. During his tenure, Morris directed the establishment of the system reimbursement group, implemented a new financial reporting system and assisted in the creation of the productivity reporting system.
Prior to joining Geisinger Health, Morris was chief financial officer for many community hospitals, president of a multispecialty group practice, and chief financial officer for a large home health agency. His experience includes information technology, materials management, revenue management and reimbursement.
Morris earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa., and is a Healthcare Financial Management Association Fellow. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.Biography
Dick Welsh, MBAVice President, Human Resources, West Shore Region, Penn State Health
As vice president of human resources for Penn State Health’s West Shore Region, Dick Welsh is responsible for strategic leadership of human resource operations at Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, Penn State Health Holy Spirit and Life Lion LLC.
Welsh has served the health system for 17 years, taking on roles of increasing responsibility, including director of talent acquisition and senior director of human resources, talent acquisition and compensation. He played a key role in the organization’s transformation from a single academic medical center into a multi-hospital health system since 2015 by building a high-performing recruitment function and leading the human resource workstream for many acquisitions.
Welsh’s earlier career included serving as a recruiting superintendent for the U.S. Air Force in Bellevue, Neb., and as a recruiter for the former PinnacleHealth System.
An Air Force veteran, Welsh is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and an active member of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation’s health care task force.
In addition to earning a master’s degree in human resource management at American Century University in Albuquerque, N.M., Welsh holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb., and an associate’s degree in personnel administration from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.Biography