The Chester County Hospital Announces New President and CEO

The Chester County Hospital and Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J. Duncan as President and Chief Executive Officer effective May 2, 2011. Mr. Duncan brings more than 24 years of experience in the health care industry, including chief executive positions at some of the nation’s leading academic physician groups and leadership positions at several health plans. Duncan succeeds H.L. Perry Pepper who announced his retirement in June 2010 after serving the organization for 34 years.

Mr. Duncan currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of ColumbiaDoctors, a 1200?physician faculty practice plan at Columbia University in New York City. Prior to joining Columbia in 2006, Duncan was the Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Physicians and Vice Dean for Clinical Operations at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He also held executive?level positions at the University of Oklahoma, PacifiCare, and Prudential Health Care.

Mr. William W. Wylie, Jr., Chairman of the Health System Board of Directors and Chair of the CEO Search Committee, remarked, “Finding a successor to Perry Pepper was challenging given his stature and longevity. The Search Committee is fortunate to have attracted a candidate in Michael Duncan who is so thoroughly aligned with our Mission as a community?based organization. His experience, intellect and leadership skills will be important assets for us in this rapidly evolving healthcare environment, and will complement the strong administrative team already in place.”

In accepting the position, Mr. Duncan stated, “The Chester County Hospital is a real asset to the community. I found their demonstrable focus on quality and genuine attention to patients and their families to be commendable. I consider it a rare privilege to carry on the work led so ably for decades by Perry.”

Mr. Duncan is a 1978 graduate of The Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with the Navy equivalent of a Master’s Degree in nuclear engineering. There, he earned The Navy League Award for graduating first in his class in his major, and the Admiral McKee Award for outstanding leadership. Upon his graduation he served as a nuclear engineer in the United States Submarine Fleet, teaching submarine tactics to senior officers.

Michael and his wife, Carol, will be relocating to the Chester County area.

About The Chester County Hospital

The Chester County Hospital has grown from a 10-bed dispensary established in 1892 to a full network of healthcare services, including a 220-bed, acute care hospital; home care; and many ancillary services, including outpatient radiology and laboratory services. In addition to the main hospital campus in West Chester, services can be found at satellite locations in Exton, Lionville, West Goshen, Kennett Square, New Garden, and West Grove. To offer this wide range of programs, The Chester County Hospital has partnered with other health care providers who share a common mission and vision — to improve the health status of the community. These affiliations include Cleveland Clinic in cardiac surgery; Penn Medicine in oncology, radiation oncology, and radiology; and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in neonatal and pediatric care. For more information about The Chester County Hospital and Health System, visit