Friday, October 8, 2010

Client News: Lancaster General Health CEO Thomas E. Beeman Called to Active Duty

Thomas E. Beeman
Source: Lancaster General Health Press Release Photo Credit: Nashville Post

(LANCASTER, PA) Lancaster General Health (LG Health) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thomas E. Beeman, a Captain in the U. S. Navy Reserves, is being called by the Navy to spend up to one year on active duty in Bethesda, MD, beginning Friday, Oct. 15.

On Oct. 21, the LG Health Board of Trustees will grant Beeman a sabbatical and appoint him the position of Strategic Advisor to the Board. In that capacity, he will remain on the LG Health Board of Trustees and continue to report to the Trustees and its Chairman, Alexander Henderson III.

Since Beeman became CEO in 2005, the LG Health Board of Trustees had prepared for the possibility of his being called to active duty. During his absence, the Board has appointed Executive Vice President Jan Bergen as CEO of the LG Health system, and Executive Vice President Marian McGowan as system Chief Operating Officer and President of Lancaster General Hospital (LGH). Their appointments will be officially voted on Oct. 21.

Bergen and McGowan, who have decades of executive leadership in healthcare and previously served as hospital CEOs, will also serve as members of the Boards of Trustees of LG Health and Lancaster General Hospital.

“We consider the U.S. Navy’s decision an honor for both Tom and LG Health,” said Alexander Henderson. “It speaks highly of his leadership, ethics and experience in addressing complex healthcare issues. In addition, we feel fortunate to have a talented, experienced executive team, and a highly engaged Board of Trustees, which will ensure seamless leadership in his absence.”

Beeman will serve as Deputy Director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), an advanced facility dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health issues.

NICoE is a 72,000 square foot, two-story facility located on the Navy campus at Bethesda, MD., adjacent to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. NICoE is designed to provide the most advanced services for advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military personnel and veterans with TBI, post traumatic stress, and/or complex psychological health issues.

Further, NICoE will conduct research, test new protocols and provide comprehensive training and education to patients, providers and families while maintaining ongoing telehealth follow-up care across the country and throughout the world.

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