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Dr. Longenderfer, retired Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, PA, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.  He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1979 and went on to Geisinger Medical Center for a residency in Family Practice the last year of which he served as Chief Resident.  He received a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in 1998.

After a successful private practice in Terre Hill, PA, Dr. Longenderfer established the first Vice President for Medical Affairs position at Ephrata Community Hospital.  Subsequently he held multiple leadership roles in operations, hospital-physician organization development, graduate medical education, and quality performance improvement activities.  He has led clinical and organizational consolidations during the creation of Mercy Health System-Oklahoma and Pinnacle Health System in Pennsylvania.  Prior to retirement he continued to lead community-wide attempts at quality and safety improvements, chronic care management and clinical collaborations between multiple community entities.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the Health System Association of Pennsylvania, Voluntary Hospital Association-PA, and community non-profit organizations.

Since retirement Dr. Longenderfer established a consulting practice to include strategic planning, new business development between health plans and providers, philanthropic services for Foundations and providers, and chronic care management model development.

Dr. Longenderfer’s collaborative efforts led to successful hospital mergers in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. He is also recognized for the creation of new organizations such as the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, a jointly-owned organization of all mental health services, teaching programs and research between Pinnacle Health System and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  His professional endeavors have been a story of increasing responsibility and creative leadership directed toward improving individual, organizational and community understanding of the complex relationships impacting our lives.

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