Robinson Health System Inc. names 15-member Board of Directors

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Robinson Health System, Inc., the not-for-profit corporation that will begin to operate Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, has named its Board of Directors effective Wednesday.

In November 2012, Portage County commissioners voted to approve a lease agreement with Robinson Health System, Inc. that results in the conversion of Robinson Memorial from county-owned to not-for-profit status. Robinson Health System, Inc. was granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service on Sept. 30, 2013. The effective date of the lease agreement was contingent on the approval of the tax exempt status for Robinson Health System, Inc. Under the agreement, Robinson Health System, Inc. will pay the county $50,000 per year to lease facility and the land.

Stephen Colecchi, the hospital's president and CEO, has said that the change in status "will be seamless from the patient point-of-view" and that all charitable care policies will remain unchanged.

"The conversion of Robinson Memorial to not-for-profit is an important step in the history of the hospital and will give us the flexibility to partner with other health care providers to continue to meet the health care needs of the residents of Portage County." Colecchi said in October.

Earlier this year, Robinson officials announced the hospital's affiliation with Summa Health Systems would be allowed to expire at the end of 2013. Robinson and Summa have had an affiliation agreement since 2007. The hospital is looking at new partnership opportunities made possible under not-for-profit status, Colecchi said. The new board would have to sign off on any agreement.

The fifteen-member board of Robinson Health System, Inc. will consist of the ten current members of the Robinson Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and five new members.

"The conversion of Robinson Memorial Hospital to not-for-profit status is a very important step in the history of the hospital," Colecchi said. "I look forward to working with the Robinson Health System board of directors to position the hospital for continued success in an ever changing healthcare environment. We are very fortunate to have a group of individuals with a wide range of experience and expertise to help guide the hospital."

The 10 current members of the board of trustees who will move to the Robinson Health System, Inc. Board of Directors are:

Gordon Ober. Ober is vice president, personnel, recruiting/development for The Davey Tree Expert Co.. He has been a member of the hospital board of trustees since 1993 and currently serves as board chair. Ober is a resident of Aurora.

A. Roger Tsai, a practicing physician specializing in cardiology. He has been a member of the Robinson Memorial medical staff since 1982. Tsai has been a member of the hospital board of trustees since 1989 and currently serves as board vice chair. Tsai is a resident of Ravenna.

Deborah Petrone, a CPA and principal with Schlabig and Associates. She has been a member of the hospital board of trustees since 2005 and currently serves as board secretary. Petrone is a resident of Ravenna.

Michael DeLuke, a field representative with AFSCME. He has been a member of the hospital board of trustees since 1992. DeLuke is a resident of Kent.

David Dix, publisher of the Record-Courier. He has been a member of the hospital board of trustees since 1994. Dix is a resident of Sugar Bush Knolls.

Marlene Dorsey, Ph.D. Dorsey retired as dean of the College of Continuing Studies at Kent State University. She currently serves as a member of the Kent Board of Education and was appointed to the hospital board of trustees in 2011. Dorsey is a resident of Kent.

Leigh Herington, attorney with the law firm of Christley, Herington & Pierce. He formerly served as a state senator representing Portage County. He has been a member of the hospital board of trustees since 2005. Herington is a resident of Muzzy Lake.

Martin Paul, principal with SHEL Investments and Beta Holdings, LLC. He has been a member of the hospital board of trustees since 2004. Paul is a resident of Garrettsville.

Rosemary Rhodes, community volunteer and serves as co-coordinator of the Lifeline Program sponsored by The Auxiliary of Robinson Memorial Hospital. She has been a member of the hospital board of trustees since 2002 and is a resident of Aurora.

Robert Howard, a consultant with Akron Children's Hospital who previously served as a vice president with the hospital. He has been a member of the Robinson Memorial board of trustees since 2012 and is a resident of Brady Lake.

The other five board members who have been appointed to the board:

Carole Beaty, chief program officer for Family & Community Services. She is a graduate of Leadership Portage County and has served as a board member for a number of Portage-based social service agencies. She is a graduate of Kent State University. Beaty is a resident of Kent.

Marjorie Conner, corporate general counsel and manager legal services for The Davey Tree Expert Co. She is a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Akron School of Law. Conner is a resident of North Benton.

Timothy Toppen, CEO and board member of TruVitals, a medical device company based in Gainesville, Fla. He previously served as CEO, president and board member of Veyance Technologies; president of Goodyear Engineered Products; and president of Goodyear Chemical. He holds a BS degree from Northeastern University, MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and JD from the University of Akron School of Law. Toppen is a resident of Kent.

Joseph Giulitto, retired Portage County Common Pleas Court judge. He previously served as a member of the hospital board of trustees from 1987 to 2005, serving as board chair from 1993 to 2005. Giulitto was an attorney before assuming the bench in January 2005. He continues to serve as a visiting judge by appointment of the Ohio Supreme Court. Giulitto is a resident of Twin Lakes.

Stephen Colecchi, president and CEO of Robinson Memorial since 1994. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Akron School of Law. Colecchi is also a member of the board of trustees at Kent State University. He also serves as a board member of the Portage Development Board, Team NEO, Area Agency on Aging and Akron Regional Hospital Association. Colecchi is a resident of Kent.

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  • Just wondering, if Stephen Colecchi is the President and CEO of Robinson Memorial Hospital and now he's on the hospital's Board of Directors, how is he allowed to vote on matters in front of the Board of Directors? Isn't that a conflict of interest? It would appear that he would have to abstain from voting on a lot of issues, in particular, any golden parachutes that may be a part of Robinson's sale to a private entity. Talk about being in like flint.