Coatesville, PA., August 13, 2020 – Brandywine Hospital – Tower Health is pleased to announce Sue Crume and John Brunner have joined the Hospital’s Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2020.

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Ms. Crume is a retired teacher for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District in California where she spent 17 years teaching a fifth-grade class and two years teaching a bilingual first-grade class. In addition to her teaching roles, she served as Written Language Chairperson on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee and Language Arts Committee member. After retiring in 2013, Ms. Crume moved to Pennsylvania. Ms. Crume holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with multiple subject teaching credentials and a Master of Arts degree in Reading Instruction – both from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She also has a California Language Acquisition Development (CLAD) certificate, English as a Second Language (ESL) training, and National Writing Project Fellowship through University of California, Santa Barbara.


headshot of Mr.Brunner

Mr. Brunner is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is currently executive director of Freedom Village at Brandywine, a senior living community in West Brandywine Township. Prior to his tenure at Freedom Village, Mr. Brunner served in a variety of senior-level financial roles for other healthcare businesses, including Home Health Corporation of America in King of Prussia and Yves Rocher, Inc., in West Chester. Mr. Brunner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Downingtown and is active with the Chester County

Economic Development Council’s Health Care Connect initiative and is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Committee Chairman for BSA Troop 8 of Hopewell United Methodist Church in Downingtown.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Crume and Mr. Brunner to Brandywine Hospital’s Board of Trustees,” said Brandywine Hospital Interim CEO Vik Acharya. “They both bring unique and valuable educational and professional backgrounds to our organization.”

The Brandywine Hospital Board of Trustees consists of 13 community volunteers. In addition to Ms. Crume and Mr. Brunner, the Board includes representatives from nonprofit organizations, businesses, education, real estate and healthcare.

“I, along with the entire Board of Trustees, am looking forward to working with Ms. Crume and Mr. Brunner,” said Arthur Hodess, MD, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chief of Cardiology at Brandywine Hospital. “I am confident that they both will bring a breadth of knowledge to the table, which will benefit our patients, employees and community as a whole.

About Brandywine Hospital

Located in Chester County, Pa., and a member of Tower Health, Brandywine Hospital is a nonprofit, 171-bed acute-care hospital with private rooms that has been providing high-quality, compassionate care in the community for more than 100 years. The hospital's key services include cardiology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, behavioral health (adult, older adult), general and robotic surgery, specialized care for eating disorders, and outpatient services (radiology/women's imaging, laboratory, cardio-pulmonary, occupational, physical and speech therapy, primary care, and wound care). Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Brandywine Hospital is also an accredited Chest Pain Center by the American Academy of Cardiology and the recipient of The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for excellence in acute myocardial infarction, hip replacement, knee replacement, stroke, and wound care. For more information, visit

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