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The Chester County Hospitalís Longtime President Announces His Retirement

Released: July 20, 2010

H.L. Perry PepperAfter 33 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Chester County Hospital and Health System, H.L. Perry Pepper announced his plans to retire effective September 30, 2010. Mr. Pepper, 67 of Gladwyne, is one of the longest-tenured Hospital executives in the nation and has led the organization through significant growth and competitive challenges to become the leading provider of care in Chester County. During this time, the Hospital developed clinical affiliations with three of the top medical centers in the country - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic - and significantly expanded the breadth and depth of services.

"After thoughtful consideration, I have asked permission from our Board of Directors to step down as President in September," said Mr. Pepper. "I have been privileged to serve a long and rewarding career at The Chester County Hospital and I have been fortunate to work alongside some of the best and brightest in the field of medicine and healthcare administration. I am most grateful to the many individuals who have helped to guide me and our fine Hospital for so many years."

In his commitment to the Hospital's patient-based Mission, Mr. Pepper fought the for-profit movement in healthcare and led one of the few remaining independent hospitals in the region. As a steward of transparency in healthcare, Mr. Pepper was dedicated to the continuous assessment of value in health care through a focus on the quality and cost of healthcare services.

William W. Wylie, Jr., Chairman of the Health System's Board of Directors stated, "Mr. Pepper admirably led this organization for more than three decades, and has inspired a culture that is focused on the Hospital's Mission to the community and the need to care for each patient as though they were a member of the family. The Board of Directors and all members of the organization are deeply indebted to Mr. Pepper's leadership and service. We look forward to working with Perry over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition as we initiate a national search."

Mr. Pepper will remain with the Hospital until his successor is named. After he retires, Mr. Pepper looks forward to the enjoyment of spending time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren.

Last Updated: 7/20/2010