Linda Summers, MBA, FACHE

Senior Principal

Areas of Speciality: Strategic planning and implementation, operational transformation, business development, mentoring, and leadership

Education + Credentials:

Master’s in Business Administration and Board-certified Healthcare Executive

West Virginia University


Linda has over 35 years of operational experience in hospitals and healthcare organizations. Her expertise includes strategic planning and implementation, operational transformation, business development, mentoring, and leadership. Linda is a very visible, values-based executive who leads by example with enthusiasm, high energy, and a team-oriented approach. Her experience across the care continuum provides for a broad understanding of the importance of strategy beyond the acute care hospital.

Her roles have included serving as chief operating officer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania, Lake Erie Regional Health System and St. Lawrence Health System in New York. In these roles, Linda was instrumental in organizational transformation efforts including financial turnaround, leadership development, and strategic plan development and implementation. As a member of the C-Suite, Linda gained knowledge and experience in health system governance through participation in full board and committee meetings, board development, and board education.

In addition to her hospital experience, Linda has served as vice president of performance support for a billion-dollar post-acute care provider where she led a team focused on operational and business development enhancement for rehabilitation units and hospitals across the country. Before joining Via Healthcare Consulting, Linda was a consulting partner at IBM Watson Health where she led the operational improvement consulting team. Linda has been a board-certified healthcare executive since 2008. 

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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A little about my personal side​

Though I love the work I do at ViaHCC with amazing organizations across the country, I also enjoy many interests and hobbies outside work.

My husband I collect and ride vintage motorcycles – I have the bike my Dad gave me as a high school graduation gift in 1978! I also love to read, run, downhill ski, and hike. I am third generation living in a very remote part of Pennsylvania with a large garden and lots of family nearby. I I recently purchased a 1989 VW Vanagon which I love to camp in and plan to use to explore the country when I retire someday.

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