D. Michael Wege
D. Michael Wege is chairman of the Lancaster General Health Board of Trustees. Mike retired after 16 years with The Hershey Company, last serving as the multinational company's Chief Administrative Officer. His strategic acumen and marketing savvy strengthen both our Board of Trustees and our health system.
What's your connection to the Lancaster area?
We have been in Lancaster more than 16 years. By local standards that may still make us newly arrived, but we feel settled and are happy to call Lancaster home. Our initial connection to the area was through The Hershey Company, which I joined in 2002, after a number of years in Cincinnati with Procter & Gamble. Over the years, we've been asked many times why we chose to live in Lancaster instead of Hershey. While we can list a few reasons for deciding to live here, the short answer is, it just felt right... and it still does today.
What is your motivation/inspiration for serving on the Board of Trustees?
Quite simply, I am motivated by the opportunity to give back to Lancaster. Our family has benefitted from being a part of this healthy, supportive community for the past 16 years. Serving on this Board offers the opportunity to extend that positive experience to future generations. Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is one of the strongest forces for good in our region. Our health system is committed to providing exceptional health care outcomes and plays a leadership role in helping build and sustain a strong, healthy community. LG Health is also an economic engine for the region and a major employer. It's truly an honor to serve on a Board of Trustees and work with management and providers who all share a passion for the betterment of Lancaster and a commitment to providing our community with the best health care system possible.
What do you believe are the biggest issues in health care for our region?
Health care in our region faces many of the same challenges as health care nationally. The lack of a coherent health care policy at the national level, coupled with the complexity of advanced health care solutions and the needs of an aging population, is a major concern. It creates uncertainty about how health care will be provided and how it will be paid for. National health care costs continue to rise faster than inflation, which in the long run is not sustainable. Our health system delivers leading medical care with exceptional quality/safety outcomes while staying intensively focused on cost management. Help in the form of clear, predictable and sensible health care legislation would amplify the positive work done at the local health system level to better enable exceptional health care value for the community.
What's been your biggest surprise in serving on the LG Health board?
I'm not sure anything has truly surprised me to this point, but I am consistently impressed by the commitment and quality orientation that LG Health's managers, providers and employees bring to their jobs every day across the LG Health system. The culture of commitment to service and to excellence is remarkable.
What about LG Health are you most proud of?
The quality and commitment of the people throughout the system.
If you could change one thing about how health care is provided, what would that be?
I would make it easier for the patient to get the best outcome in the simplest, most cost effective way.
What do you do for fun?
Traveling and spending time with my family are high on my list of fun things. I also enjoy running (F&M Track Club, several marathons), skiing, hiking, biking, reading, listening to music, watching sports and attending live theater.