Tower Health names new COO

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Tower Health of Reading has named Michael Stern to its executive leadership team as chief operating officer for the health system effective Sept. 19. 

Stern joins Tower Health from the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served in senior leadership since 2015, most recently in the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer of the system’s Hospital Division. 

MetroHealth is a large public health system that includes a main campus medical center serving more than 500 inpatients per day and over 100,000 emergency department visits annually. The system also includes two acute care community hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, three emergency departments, two freestanding surgery centers, eleven outpatient pharmacies, and 30 health centers. 

He also spent four years at Einstein Healthcare Network as vice president for health care services and worked for many years as a leader in acute care hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers, and physician services in the New York City region.  

He holds a Master of Health Administration degree from Clark University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Hofstra University. 

“Michael brings to Tower Health a strong sense of mission and a track record of successfully engaging with caregivers, providers, and the community, said P. Sue Perrotty, Tower Health president and CEO. “He has extensive experience in driving operational performance, implementing turnaround initiatives, and growing services. We are fortunate Michael is bringing his expertise to Tower Health. I am confident he will further drive our commitment to foster teamwork, nurture engagement, and advances our vision.” 


Tower Health to sell Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill Hospital

Three health entities have formed an alliance to buy Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia from Reading-based Tower Health, it was announced Monday.

Temple Health, Redeemer Health and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine have signed a definitive agreement as an alliance to acquire the 148-bed teaching hospital, pending review and approval by regulators and Tower Health’s bond holders.

“Tower Health is pleased and grateful that Chestnut Hill Hospital will continue to serve the community as part of an alliance of highly respected and locally based nonprofit health care institutions,” Tower Health President and CEO P. Sue Perrotty said in a release.

The newly named Temple Health-Chestnut Hill Hospital will be managed by Temple Health.

“Together, our organizations bring the expertise, resources, operational excellence and skilled clinical care to ensure that Chestnut Hill Hospital remains a durable and sustainable resource for the eastern Montgomery County and northwest Philadelphia communities,” added Michael A. Young, president and CEO of Temple Health.

Chestnut Hill Hospital has served those areas for more than 100 years. Tower Health also recently closed Jennersville Hospital and Brandywine Hospital, both in Chester County, after a sales agreement fell through.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

‘Fast Pass’ to speed up patient care at Tower Health

Reading-based Tower Health has developed a new system to help patients receive care faster. 

MyTowerHealth is now offering “Fast Pass” for new patents of the Tower Health medical Group including its internal medicine, OB/GYN and pediatrics practices. 

The new feature will allow patients to move up appointments to an earlier date if there is a cancellation. 

 According to a press release, offers of earlier appointment times are sent to patients via MyTowerHealth or text message. Patients can accept or reject the offer based on their availability. Fast Pass can be used for new patient visits, new OB/GYN patient visits, preventive new physicals, new well child visits, new office visits, new certified diabetes educator visits, or to confirm pregnancy with the obstetrician. 

 When a new patient schedules an appointment through MyTowerHealth that person will have the option to select to join the Fast Pass list and be notified if an earlier appointment becomes available. When patients are notified of an available appointment, they can accept or decline the offer based on their availability. 

“We are excited to offer the Fast Pass service to new patients,” said P. Sue Perrotty, Tower Health president and CEO. “It is always our goal to get patients in to see their physician as soon as possible and this will help us to fulfill that promise while making our patients and communities healthier.”