Guthrie Clinic introduces newest president/CEO

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The Guthrie Clinic has named its next president and chief executive officer.

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Edmund Sabanegh, Jr., M.D., M.B.A., was appointed by unanimous approval from the Guthrie Board of Directors.

He officially takes over on September 13, 2021.

Current president/CEO Dr. Joseph Scopelliti announced in December he would retire after holding these titles since 2012.

Dr. Sabanegh (pronounced sah-BAHN-nie) joins Guthrie from the Cleveland Clinic. Among other roles, he served as president of the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and Regional Hospitals.

His nearly 30 years of experience includes more than two decades in the United States Air Force. During his service, Dr. Sabanegh held several executive roles, including Chief of Medical Staff, chief consultant for the Surgeon General, and Chief Operating Officer at the largest Air Force hospital in the world.

He comes to Guthrie after more than a decade of proven leadership at the Cleveland Clinic, where he led a team of more than 12,000 clinical caregivers. Dr. Sabanegh also expanded clinical services for patients and achieved the highest caregiver engagement in the organization’s history. His leadership of the system was nationally recognized for value performance and during his tenure.

Additionally, he also helped with the successful acquisition and integration of new hospital systems. He worked across the enterprise to improve safety, quality and patient experience to among the highest levels in the nation.


“It is a privilege to be selected as The Guthrie Clinic’s next President and CEO. Guthrie has a rich, 110-year history of high quality patient-centered care.

Through the leadership of Dr. Scopelliti and the Board of Directors, Guthrie’s integrated healthcare system is a model for serving local communities while maintaining a strong focus on clinical excellence.

I am honored to join the remarkable people who drive the service focus and innovative spirit that defines the Guthrie system today.

My goal as Guthrie’s next leader will be to accelerate healthcare transformation across the system while embracing and leveraging its outstanding legacy of patient care and community service.”

–Dr. Sabanegh

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