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Abington Health Announces New President and CEO
Date:12/10/2009

John H. Durham, chairman, Board of Trustees of Abington Health and Abington Memorial Hospital, announces that, after a national search, the Board of Trustees of Abington Health voted to appoint Laurence M. Merlis its new president and chief executive officer.

Abington, PA (Vocus) December 10, 2009 -- John H. Durham, chairman, Board of Trustees of Abington Health and Abington Memorial Hospital, announces that, after a national search, the Board of Trustees of Abington Health voted to appoint Laurence M. Merlis its new president and chief executive officer. Merlis will be succeeding Richard L. Jones, Jr., who will be retiring effective January 31, 2010. Jones had announced his planned retirement last July.

“We are very pleased that Mr. Merlis has accepted the position as president and chief executive officer of the Abington Health system,” Durham commented. “After careful review of the candidates, the search committee concluded that he was the best candidate to provide the vision and leadership that will be so critical for Abington over the next decade.”

Merlis has served as president and chief executive officer at GBMC HealthCare/Greater Baltimore Medical Center since 1999. During his tenure, the hospital has maintained strong operating margins and achieved consistent growth, earning it an A+ credit rating from Standard and Poors and A-2 from Moody’s. Merlis initiated a clinical affiliation with Johns Hopkins, as well as several joint ventures with physicians. Under his leadership, a clinical technology plan was introduced at GBMC that included PET/CT, robotic surgery, capsule technology and an advanced linear accelerator.

Prior to joining GBMC HealthCare, Merlis had served as executive vice president of Meridian Health S
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