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John Sylvia Named President St Lukes Quakertown

John Sylvia Named President of St. Luke's Hospital - Quakertown Campus

Quakertown, PA (4/26/2012) - After conducting a national search, we are pleased to announce the promotion of John Sylvia, current interim Chief Operating Officer, as the President of St. Luke's Hospital - Quakertown Campus. Since coming to St. Luke's in 2008, John has brought a wealth of experience in health care strategic planning and ambulatory operations. He comments, “I am excited about my transition and for the opportunity to lead this organization. Ed Nawrocki has positioned this Campus to be successful in the future and I look forward to continuing the progression of health care in Upper Bucks.” John will be replacing Ed who is now the President of St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township, PA.

Contributed to the Growth and Development of St. Luke's

John originally joined St. Luke's as Vice President of Planning and Business Development where he contributed to the growth and development of the network in various ways. He also has served as the Executive Administrator of Homestar services and has helped to significantly improve their financial performance. He will continue his role with Homestar in addition to his St. Luke's Quakertown responsibilities.

During John's interim leadership, St. Luke's Hospital – Quakertown Campus consistently has achieved a positive financial performance, while expanding new services such as the St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Center and physician specialties such as Ear, Nose and Throat.

Commenting on his experience at St. Luke' Hospital – Quakertown Campus, John stressed how proud he is to be working with the hospital's caring and dedicated employees and physicians, adding, “The physicians and staff at St. Luke's Quakertown Campus have demonstrated a wonderful dedication to this community and made leading the hospital a gratifying experience. I am excited for what this team can accomplish moving forward.”

Deep Roots in St. Luke's History

John has deep roots in St. Luke's history. In 1921, Emma Gehman Ruth, a relative of his family, purchased a house at Third and Juniper Streets in Quakertown, where she opened a hospital and convalescent home, known as Miss Gehman's Hospital. In 1927, it became clear the community needed a larger hospital and Emma served on the committee that turned the first spade of dirt for the new hospital, now known as St. Luke's Hospital – Quakertown Campus.

Prior to joining St. Luke’s, John was regional director of planning and business development at Mercy Health Partners in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he had strategic planning responsibility for 10 hospitals and operational responsibility for several outpatient services. He also worked on the design and planning team for the development of a new 91-bed hospital campus while in Tennessee.

John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.