Hershey, PA -- The American
Cancer Society Pennsylvania Division, incorporated in 1944, will merge with its western neighbor, the Ohio Division on September 1, 2010. The move will allow the two divisions to blend the best of both former entities to create a stronger, more efficient Division with greater resources to fight cancer.
The merger, approved by the volunteer boards of directors of both divisions, creates the new East Central Division. Current Pennsylvania Division CEO Garry Pincock will serve as CEO of the new entity.
“The timing was right for this merger,” said Pincock. “With the retirement of Ohio’s CEO last year, it made sense to take this opportunity to bring the two divisions together, allowing us to blend staff strengths and knowledge, and to share best practices that support our mission.”
Separately, Pennsylvania and Ohio were the smallest divisions in the country, and two of only five divisions that were made up of single states. The combined East Central Division will serve a population of nearly 24 million, making it the seventh largest of the American Cancer Society’s 12 divisions. The merger enhances the Society’s ability to save lives and create a world with more birthdays.
“This will make us a stronger, more effective organization,” said Pincock. “It will also ensure that every dollar donated makes the largest impact in the fight against cancer.”
The new East Central Division Board of Directors will be made up of volunteers from both states. Recently elected board officers are:
Pincock is in the process of selecting a team of senior staff who will work to complete the transition into a new division. He said, “Above all else, we expect that the communities we serve will soon realize the benefits of this merger – especially access to more resources and training.”