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UM Upper Chesapeake Health names new CEO

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health today announced it has chosen Elizabeth Wise, a Pennsylvania hospital executive, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 10.

Since 2017, Wise has served as president of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono and senior vice president, operations, Lehigh Valley Health Network, which includes Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Dickson City. She was named president of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Dickson City in 2020 and president, north region in 2021.

During her time with Lehigh Valley Health Network, Wise helped the system to expand and transition through numerous changes in the way health care is delivered in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and the surrounding region.

Her time with LVH, as well as with large, complex health care organizations in New Jersey, Delaware and Washington, D.C., have provided Wise with the “blend of experience and tenacity to deliver on our shared vision for UM Upper Chesapeake Health,” officials at UM UCH said in a news release.

Wise earned a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Seton Hall University.  She is a member and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“Elizabeth is an empathetic and deeply experienced health care executive with a record of accomplishment and a track record for building lasting relationships among peers and colleagues,” said Mohan Suntha, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System, UM UCH’s parent organization.  “We are extremely excited to welcome her to the University of Maryland Medical System family.”

Earlier this year, current UM UCH President & CEO Lyle Sheldon announced his decision to retire after more than three decades with the organization, including 26 years as president and chief executive officer.

UM UCH operates UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and UM Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, and is the second largest private employer in Harford County.