PRMC President/CEO Peggy Naleppa to retire in 2018

Dr. Peggy Naleppa will retire in January 2018 from her position as the President/CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Peninsula Regional Health System.

The hospital’s Board of Trustees made the announcement Tuesday. Naleppa, who is on vacation and unavailable for comment, released a statement that said:

“It’s an honor and a privilege to lead this organization. I humbly start my day on my knees and in prayer. With significant responsibility comes significant blessings – health care is a team sport and I am blessed with a great leadership team, an innovative and forward thinking Board of Trustees, an outstanding team of physicians, caregivers, support and professional staff.”

Naleppa added: “And, we have a community that takes great pride in our Medical Center, supporting us in numerous ways.  I salute each of them and can think of no better place to conclude my career than at PRMC. It is in the best interest of the organization to have a planned transition process and, it’s time for the next generation of leaders to evolve.”

Hospital Board Chairman Monty Sayler said the board is energized about the final year of working with Dr. Naleppa on a number of projects, including the 2017 opening of the comprehensive Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines.

“There is a personal integrity about her that is above reproach; a more humble and servant leader you will be hard-pressed to find,” he said. “Everyone on the Board wishes Peggy and husband, Dan, the very best and we’re sure both are looking forward to spending even more time with their two beautiful granddaughters.”

Naleppa joined Peninsula Regional Medical Center in 2003 as its Executive Vice President/COO. She was named president in 2008, and led the hospital during a succession period where she worked closely with retiring CEO Alan Newberry. Upon Newberry’s departure in 2010, she was named the Health System’s President/CEO.

Naleppa’s health care career began as Director of Neurosurgical Services at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She has served as a clinical leader or as a senior executive at several hospitals in Maryland. A registered nurse, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s College; a Master of Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Maryland UC; an MBA with a concentration in medical services from Johns Hopkins University; and a Doctorate in Management with a concentration in organizational process management from the University of Maryland UC.

She has also been presented a second Doctorate in Public Service from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Naleppa lists among her most gratifying professional accomplishments the creation of awards to honor staff and assist those entering the healthcare profession, including the President’s Leadership Award, the Ed Urban Quality Award, the Leighton Moore Helping Hands Award, the PRMC Super Hero Safety Award and the Naleppa Family Healthcare Scholarship Fund.

During her nearly 14 years in executive leadership at PRMC, Naleppa has also overseen a number of significant projects that have improved healthcare and health care opportunities for residents of the Delmarva Peninsula.

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