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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, 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.
Michael D. Kalinich, Sr.
Anthony A. Ripepi, Jr.
Tracey L. Shaffer
Alan E. Wheaton

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

Elected Trustees - Brook Park
Thomas Greenlee
David A. Lambros, Vice Chairman
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
Thomas Kronholz, DDS
Anne L. Pennock
Kevin T. Roberts (C)
James C. Schneider, DDS

Elected Trustees - Strongsville
David R. Knowles
Thomas W. Laub
Trilok C. Sharma, MD
Duke Southworth

Chairmen Emeriti
Ronald L. Leach
David P. Muhek

Trustee Emeritus
James E. Davis
Leroy McCreary



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

Southwest Community Health System Appointees
Mel A. Hauser, Treasurer
Eileen M. Herold
R. Terry Krivak
Trilok C. Sharma, MD, Secretary
Rickey J. Shyne, Ph.D., PE
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



Carl K. McLaughlin

William A. Young
President and CEO

Brett C. Hazard
Vice Chairman 

Michael H. Novak

Diane Baker

Nico A. Bolzan
Debbie Brassell
Michael F. Deucher, MD
Mark J. Elliott
Victor T. Geraci
William G. Murphy
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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