Dr. Tracy Vitale has recently been appointed to the Butler Health System Board of Trustees.
Dr. Vitale currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Seneca
Valley School District, one of the largest public school districts in
Western Pennsylvania. She is the first female Superintendent and, at the
time of her appointment, the youngest in the history of the district.
She is credited with opening and implementing the district’s first
elementary world language program, accelerating academic rigor and leading
educators in a collaborative approach to systems thinking.
In 2017, Dr. Vitale was honored to be the recipient of the Distinguished
Female Educator Award in memory of Professor Emeritus Dr. Jean E. Winsand,
University of Pittsburgh, as hosted by the Tri-State Study Council. Dr.
Vitale also earned the 2016 University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s
Pre-K-12 Educator Award. Earlier in 2016, Dr. Vitale was named a 2016
Pittsburgh ATHENA Award Finalist, a program that recognizes exceptional
women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their
community and help other women to succeed through mentorship.
Dr. Vitale earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education English
from Duquesne University. She went on to earn her Gifted Education certificate
and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Carlow College.
In 2009, Dr. Vitale earned her Doctorate of Education from the University
Newly appointed BHS Board Member: Dr. Tracy Vitale
Dr. Rajiv Sawhney is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh’s, Physical Therapy
program. Following graduation, he was employed at University of Pennsylvania
and then, Keystone Rehabilitation where he started Indiana University
of Pennsylvania’s Sports Medicine Clinic. Dr. Sawhney returned to
Pitt where he completed his advanced masters in orthopedic physical therapy
and served as a Graduate Assistant.
Dr. Sawhney and Dr. Jay Irrgang opened the doors to the University of Pittsburgh’s
Sports Medicine Institute. While there he had a joint faculty position
at the University of Pittsburgh in the Physical Therapy program. He and
Dr. Steve Gough joined forces to open Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy
an outpatient physical therapy practice that grew from one office and
three therapists to over 12-clinics and 130 employees.
Dr. Sawhney completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Chatham University,
where he has served as a faculty member since the inception of the program.
He is known for his excellence in care and advanced skills in orthopedics.
In 2016, Sawhney and his partner sold their practice and he is currently
employed at Pivot Physical Therapy and maintains a faculty position at
Newly appointed BHS Board Member: Dr. Rajiv Sawhney
“The Board of Trustees at Butler Health System is delighted to have
new trustees of the caliber of Dr. Vitale and Dr. Sawhney. These forward
thinking leaders - both with roots in our community - add a wide variety
of experiences, and they have dealt with many complex issues. Butler Health
System will continue to be an essential and trusted healthcare provider
in the region thanks to the leadership of such talented individuals. We
welcome Dr. Vitale and Dr. Sawhney to the Board” stated Ken DeFurio,
President, CEO Butler Health System.
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