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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
Boards of Trustees: Dedicated Leadership from Our Communities

Since its founding by local communities more than 90 years ago, Southwest General has enjoyed a unique partnership with the communities it serves. Today, the health center is supported by a self-imposed tax levy in Berea, Brook Park, Columbia Township, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville. Representatives from these communities serve on Southwest General's board of trustees, helping to promote effective communication between the health center and its constituencies.


Ex-Officio Trustees
William A. Young, Jr., President & CEO
Ferdinand M. Plecha, MD, Immediate Past President of the Medical Staff

Medical Staff Trustee
Vasu Pandrangi, MD, Chairman

Trustees At Large
Donald E. Hagen, Ed.D.
Anthony A. Ripepi, Jr.
Tracey L. Shaffer
Terry Toth
Alan E. Wheaton

Elected Trustees - Berea
Cheryl Banaszak (C)
Yvonne Fulimeni
Robert C. Helmer, JD, Ph.D.
Hilary B. Wilson

Elected Trustees - Brook Park
Thomas Greenlee
Richard A. Salvatore (C)

Elected Trustees - Columbia Township
Wayne E. Brassell
Melvin C. Grills
Henry R. Heidecker (Dick) (C)
David P. Muhek

Elected Trustees - Middleburg Heights
David Bortolotto (C), Secretary
Alan C. Budney
Eileen M. Herold, Treasurer
James F. Sheppard

Elected Trustees - Olmsted Falls
Linda Garrity (C)
Thomas Kronholz, DDS
Anne L. Pennock
James C. Schneider, DDS

Elected Trustees - Strongsville
James Carbone (C)
David R. Knowles
Thomas W. Laub
Trilok C. Sharma, MD

Chairmen Emeriti
Ronald L. Leach
David P. Muhek

Trustee Emeritus
James E. Davis
Michael D. Kalinich, Sr.
Leroy McCreary



Ex-Officio Trustees
William A. Young, Jr., President & CEO
Mark Panigutti, MD, President, SWGHC Medical Staff
Michael Deucher, MD, Vice President, Secretary, SWGHC Medical Staff

Southwest Community Health System Appointees
Wayn E. Brassell
Mel A. Hauser, Treasurer
Eileen M. Herold
R. Terry Krivak
Christine Lobas
James F. Sheppard 
Rickey J. Shyne, Ph.D., PE
Jack W. Thomason
Edward C. White, MD

University Hospitals Health Sysytem Appointees
Samuel E. Ake
Michael K. Baach
Michael A. Cogan
Richard Hanson
Adrian Maldonado, Vice Chairman
Jeffrey H. Peters, MD
Richard W. Pogue
Cynthia V. Schulz, Chairman
Donald Sheldon, MD
Paul G. Tait
Todd Zeiger, MD
Cindy Zelis, MD

Chairmen Emeriti
G. Mervin Ault
Leroy McCreary
David P. Muhek



Brett C. Hazard

William A. Young, Jr.
President and C.E.O.

Michael H. Novak
Vice Chairman 

William G. Murphy

Diane Baker

Nico A. Bolzan

Debbie Brassell

Michael F. Deucher, MD

Mark J. Elliott

Victor T. Geraci

Carl K. McLaughlin

Thomas P. Perciak
Chairman Emeritus

L.C. Rao, M.D.

Susan O. Scheutzow

Thomas A. Selden, FACHE

George G. Szeretvai

Ronald J. Warzel

Edward C. White, MD


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