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Former Board Chair Honored for Excellence in Governance Leadership


Pamela Young, PhD, who provided Board leadership during one of the most significant periods of healthcare change in the community’s history, has been honored by Catholic Health Partners.

The former Board Chair at Community Mercy Health Partners has received CHP’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Governance Leadership. She is the first award recipient from Springfield.

Young just completed 10 years of service on the Board of Community Mercy Health Partners, following prior service on the boards of both the former Community Hospital and Community Health Foundation. She was part of the Board leadership team in 2004 when Community Hospital and Mercy Health Partners merged. CHP Board Chair Cathy Eldridge said Young “has been a leader devoted to assuring quality, effective, compassionate healthcare in Springfield, Ohio, for decades. She entered our ministry as a representative of a long-time competitor that ultimately came together in partnership with us to create a new way to serve Springfield and the surrounding area.

“I suspect she always believed in a sense of mission, but her embrace of OUR mission and her high energy as an ambassador for value-based care, exemplifies what the five attributes that symbolize this award:  

·         She has a stellar history of deep-seated commitment to mission and values.

·         She has been a model of energy and vision.

·         Her integrity is uncompromised.

·         Her expertise is widely respected.

·         And her ability to connect people, resources and reality … to ideas, needs and hope …is deeply appreciated within not only her community, but among all the organizations on which she serves.”

Eldridge said. “Pam provided a clear, consistent, affirmative voice for bringing the two organizations together to enhance healthcare for her community. She was a visionary … a can-do force in support of finding new ways to serve her community.”

Young’s commitment to Springfield is illustrated by her active involvement during one of the top milestones in CMHP’s history – the building of its 254-bed, state-of-the-art hospital that opened in November, 2011. On the day of the patient move from the old hospital to the new, she represented the Board in speaking to the move team. And she observed the entire move from the 6 a.m. kickoff until all employees and patients were transferred to the new facility later that day.

During her decade on the CMHP Board, Young served as secretary, vice chair and chair. Even though she concluded her CMHP Board service in February, she continues to serve as a member of Catholic Health Partners’ and HealthSpan Partners Quality Committee, and she remains a member of the CMHP Quality Committee.

“Pam is a wonderful advocate for Community Mercy Health Partners,” said Eldridge. “In addition to her overall leadership on the Board and in the community, she has been an effective advocate for keeping diversity and inclusion at the forefront of Board members’ minds during discussions related to Board membership, community outreach, service line growth and community programs.”

“I am honored and humbled,” said Young. “We have been called to serve and have answered to the best of our ability. The continuous improvement journey has been challenging and complicated, yet rewarding. What an awesome collective opportunity and responsibility we all have to serve and work in collaboration with each of our communities to meet the health needs of all people, especially the poor and underserved; the powerless and the voice-less. I pray often that we are living up to what we claim.

“We are grateful and blessed to have a beautiful new hospital in Springfield that opened during my term as board chair. So, physically, Springfield looks different than it did when my board service began. And, we have now welcomed a fabulous market leader, Paul Hiltz, to our community, who continues to lead the many gifted leaders in our Springfield and Champaign County market.”

Young was also honored last year for her career in education by her alma mater, Bowling Green State University, at the school’s annual College Alumni Awards. Young is now an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and director of accreditation for the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton. Previously, she served more than 30 years as a public school administrator. She retired as an associate superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education. While an administrator in Springfield, Young became the state of Ohio’s second Milken National Educator Awardee.

Young holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University; a master’s degree in education from Mansfield State University, Mansfield, Pa.; and a Ph.D. from the University of Dayton. Her varied service and leadership efforts include the past chair of Community Mercy Health Partners Board of Directors, BGSU College of Education and Human Development Advocate Board, past vice president of the Catholic Central School Board of Trustees and past president of the Springfield Arts Council.

Catholic Health Partners is the largest nonprofit healthcare system in Ohio and is the fourth-largest employer overall with more than 31,000 employees. CHP provided nearly $375 million in community benefit last year. 




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