Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PHD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization in central and northeastern Pennsylvania nationally recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models. Dr. Steele previously served as the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, president and chief executive officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Boston, MA, and chairman of the department of surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, MA). Dr. Steele is past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. His investigations have focused on the cell biology of gastrointestinal cancer and pre-cancer and most recently on innovations in healthcare delivery and financing. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of more than 481 scientific and professional articles.
Dr. Steele received his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.
A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Steele serves as a member on the Roundtable on Value and Science-driven Healthcare, was recently appointed to the Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education and previously served on the Committee on Reviewing Evidence to Identify Highly Effective Clinical Services (HECS). A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Steele is a member of the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Steele also serves on the following boards and national committees: Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Singapore, Bucknell University Board of Trustees, Cepheid Board of Directors, Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Weis Markets Inc., Wellcare Health Plans Inc., xG Health Solutions Board of Directors, Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) External Advisory Board (Emory University), Advisory Board of the Peterson Center on Healthcare Advisory Board, Institute for Healthcare Optimization Advisory Board, Third Rock Ventures Business Advisory Board, the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, and Healthcare Executives Network. Dr. Steele most recently served as Board Chairman for Premier Inc. and was a former Trustee on the Temple University School of Medicine Board of Visitors. Dr. Steele currently serves as Honorary Chair of the Pennsylvania March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. Former member on the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System, the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Committee on Performance Measurement, American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, and also served on the Executive Committee, Systems Governing Council, Long-Range Policy, Committee on Research, and the AHA Physician Leadership Forum Advisory Committee.
Dr. Steele is the recipient of several awards, including the CEO IT Achievement Award (2006); AHA’s Grassroots Champion Award (2007); 8th Annual (2010) AHA Health Research & Education Trust Award and HFMA Board of Directors’ Award (2011). He has been named consecutive times to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare, the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare,” and among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Non-Profit Hospital Health System CEOs to know List (2012).
Joanne E. Wade is Executive Vice President, Strategic Program Development, overseeing the system’s major strategic initiatives with a focus on quality, innovation and market expansion. Ms. Wade oversees the business units of Strategy and Business Development, the research enterprise (Sigfried and Janet Weis Research Center, the Geisinger Center for Health Research and the Center for Clinical Studies) and Geisinger Ventures (a portfolio of entrepreneurial companies). Previously, Ms. Wade also held the (interim) position of Chief Administrative Officer for the Clinical Enterprise (Geisinger Clinic, Geisinger Medical Center, and Geisinger Northeast).
Before joining Geisinger, Ms. Wade was Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer, Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, with primary accountability for the operational implementation of the division’s strategic vision expanding clinical programs and care delivery, basic sciences and medical education programs and for managing the administrative infrastructure of the overall Divisional operation. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Ms. Wade was Chief Operating Officer of the Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Inc., and Vice President, Department of Surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA. Ms. Wade trained as a clinical dietitian specialist and held numerous leadership positions at the Deaconess and national organizations related to dietetics and nutrition support services. Ms. Wade has served on a number of national professional organizations and editorial boards.
Ms. Wade received her undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ, and her master’s degree from Boston University, Boston, MA.
Albert Bothe, Jr., MD, FACS, is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Geisinger Health System, responsible for guiding the activities of Geisinger’s 1,200 member provider group practice in 60 central and northeast Pennsylvania locations and the health system’s three hospital campuses.
Dr. Bothe joined Geisinger in 2006 and has served in various positions including the health system’s chief quality officer and Geisinger Medical Center’s chief medical officer. Prior to coming to Geisinger, Dr. Bothe served in numerous capacities at the University of Chicago, including associate dean and executive director of the faculty practice plan and professor of surgery. He was previously associated with New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA, as associate chairman, department of surgery; director, general surgical training program; and interim chairman, department of surgery.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he earned a BMS degree at Dartmouth Medical School and his Doctor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bothe also holds a Master of Medical Management degree from the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. He completed a surgical internship at Harvard Medical School, Boston City Hospital; surgical residency at New England Deaconess Hospital; and was a clinical fellow, clinical instructor and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.
The author and co-author of numerous articles, books and monographs on a variety of health and medical issues and topics, Dr. Bothe is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, member of the Association for Academic Surgery, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance. He is also a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American College of Surgeons Health Policy and Advocacy Group, and sits on the Board of Governors for the National Patient Safety Foundation.
Frank J. Trembulak is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System. He is executive vice president of operations of the Foundation and senior vice president and treasurer of the various Geisinger entities.
He has served in various staff and management positions since joining Geisinger as manager of internal audit in 1976. Prior to joining Geisinger, he worked in both for-profit health care and public accounting. His professional memberships include: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (“HAP”), The Pennsylvania Healthcare Quality Alliance (“PHCQA”), Susquehanna University Partners (Sigmund Weis School of Business), the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (“PCB&I”), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Mr. Trembulak is the current chairman of PCB&I and a member of various board committees; a member and chairman of PHCQA; a past chairman of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (“CCHIT”) board of trustees; past-chairman of the Board of Directors of HAP; a Board member and chairman of the Property & Finance Committee of Susquehanna University; and, a past director of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (“NAHIT”).
Mr. Trembulak earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA. He is a director of the Maria Joseph Manor, a skilled nursing facility, and is active in other community and civic organizations.
Lynn Miller is Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, for Geisinger Health System. Ms. Miller is responsible for the operations of the health system’s $2 billion clinical enterprise which includes two hospitals; a 1,300-member multispecialty group practice including physicians, researchers and advanced practitioners; and more than 60 primary and specialty clinic sites serving 41 counties.
She has been with Geisinger since 1989. Ms. Miller previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of Geisinger Medical Center, the system’s tertiary/quaternary care hospital in Danville, PA. During her tenure, she developed programs that produced a 20 percent improvement in operating margin; directed the planning and construction of a $100 million addition incorporating a new acuity adaptable mode of care; implemented a hospital inpatient electronic medical record; and achieved Magnet status, a prestigious honor earned by only 6 percent of the nation’s hospitals.
In addition to hospital operations, Ms. Miller has experience in hospital-based human resources, finance, business office management, and information technology, as well as home health and long-term care environments.
Ms. Miller serves on the Boards of the Danville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Danville Child Development Center. She is Chair of the Governance Committee for the Geisinger/HealthSouth Joint Venture.
Ms. Miller has a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Elizabethtown College.
David H. Ledbetter, PhD, FACMG, is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Geisinger Health System. He came to Geisinger from Atlanta’s Emory University School of Medicine where he was the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Human Genetics.
Dr. Ledbetter previously held academic and leadership positions at the University of Chicago, the National Center for Human Genome Research (now NHGRI) at NIH and Baylor College of Medicine. He is a graduate of Tulane University and earned his doctorate at the University of Texas-Austin. After his early discovery of the genetic cause of Prader-Willi syndrome and Miller-Dieker syndrome, Dr. Ledbetter has focused his research efforts on discovering the underlying etiology of childhood developmental disabilities such as autism, and the translation of new genomics technologies into clinically useful genetic tests for early diagnosis and intervention.
His current research interest includes leveraging the massive amount of genomics data generated during routine patient care for knowledge generation and integration of this information into electronic health records in a clinically useful manner.
Andrew M. Deubler is Executive Vice President for the Office of Resource Development. In this role, he is responsible for strategically aligning funding sources to drive innovation and support Geisinger’s patient care, education and research mission.
Prior to joining Geisinger, Mr. Deubler was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for operational oversight of the educational and research facilities, managing strategic partnerships supporting research, education and economic development, and administering the institutional strategic plan. In addition, he launched the Office of Enterprise Development charged with developing collaboration with government, industry and academia.
He previously served as Deputy Vice President for University Advancement at the University of Rochester and Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer at University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. In these roles, he was responsible for managing advancement programs that secured in excess of $500 million in gifts and grants supporting the academic, research and clinical engines of the university. During his tenure, he was also appointed as an adjunct faculty member with the School of Nursing, sitting on the founding board of the Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship. While at the University of Rochester he also launched the Office of Corporate Alliance dedicated to advancing academic innovation with industry.
A graduate of Hartwick College, Mr. Deubler was honored with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2004 Robert Clinger Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award. In addition, in that same year he was honored by The Rochester Business Journal, Rochester, NY, for his contributions to the economic growth of the community. He has also served on several managing boards for biotech start-up companies, as well as multiple community-based organizations.
Bruce H. Hamory, MD, is Executive Vice President, Managing Partner, Geisinger Consulting Services for Geisinger Health System. He leads Geisinger’s efforts to extend its innovations in healthcare delivery and payment to other groups and health systems. He is a nationally known speaker on care redesign for value and improved quality.
As Geisinger’s System Chief Medical Officer from 1997 to 2008, he led the growth of a 535-physician multi-specialty group practice to 750 physicians in 40 locations serving 41 counties and the three Geisinger hospitals. He oversaw the installation of an advanced EHR, led the development of a physician compensation model incorporating pay for performance, and a reorganization from discipline-based departments to a service line operating structure. Other responsibilities included compensation, quality and performance improvement, credentialing, clinical operations, capital planning, as well as education and research for the health system.
Before joining Geisinger, Dr. Hamory was Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Penn State. He was Executive Director of Penn State’s University Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer for Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Dr. Hamory serves on several national committees and panels concerned with improving the quality of medical care and use of information technology in healthcare.
Kevin F. Brennan, CPA, FHFMA, is the Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer of Geisinger Health System and Treasurer of the Foundation. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for all of the System financial operations and directs key functions including: treasury management, revenue cycle, financial reporting, budgeting, third party contracting, compliance, payroll, accounts payable, tax, decision support, mergers and acquisitions and financial systems, including workforce management.
From 1991 through 1995, Mr. Brennan served as the Regional Vice President, Finance and Vice President, Managed Care with the Franciscan Health System with responsibilities covering eight hospitals and affiliates in the Mid-Atlantic Region. From 1981 through 1991, Mr. Brennan served in Chief Financial Officer roles at teaching hospitals, primarily in multi-entity systems within the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Mr. Brennan holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, both from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1979 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (“HFMA”) since 1992 and also serves on the National Board of Directors of HFMA.
Duane E. Davis, MD, FACP, FACR is President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health Plan (GHP), Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company (GQIC) and Geisinger Quality Options, Inc. (GQO). A not-for-profit health maintenance organization, GHP has approximately 290,000 members in 43 counties of northeastern and central Pennsylvania and is one of the nation’s largest rural HMOs. GHP has more than $1.3 billion in annual revenue and more than 1,000 employees. Third party administration services are provided through GHP’s affiliate, GIIC. PPO plans are offered through GQO.
Davis joined Geisinger Health System 1978 and has more than 30 years of experience in health care and managed care management. Most recently, he served as vice president, chief medical officer for Geisinger Health Plan, a position he held since 2000. His career-long interest in clinical quality improvement, clinical and financial health care redesign and value creation has included participation at the local, state and national levels. He continues to practice medicine in Geisinger Health System’s Department of Rheumatology.
Davis graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and completed his residency at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
A Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, Davis is a clinical professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University–Jefferson Medical College. Davis chairs the Review Oversight Committee (ROC) for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and the National Association of Managed Care Physicians. He is also a member and former chair of the Chief Medical Officer’s Leadership Council Committee for the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) on Quality Health Care.
Steven B. Pierdon, MD, MMM, is Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Geisinger Northeast. As such, he is responsible for two hospitals in Wilkes-Barre, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. He is involved in strategic planning, budgetary/capital planning, business/practice development, financial performance, clinical quality improvement, physician recruitment and compensation.
Previously, he was Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Operations and the Community Practice Service Line of the Geisinger Health System. He was responsible for assuring the clinical and operating performance of the 740 physician multi-specialty group at its two tertiary/quaternary hospitals and 40 clinics across central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
Dr. Pierdon was in a pediatric group practice for 12 years prior to joining Geisinger in 1995. He has since served in a number of network leadership roles including chairman and medical director for the community practice network. Dr. Pierdon is a member of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and serves on the program planning committee of the Group Practice Improvement Network (GPIN). He has published and presented nationally on improving physician network operations and utilizing information technology to support clinical care improvement.
A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Dr. Pierdon attended Children’s Hospital of Michigan for his pediatric residency training and chief residency. Dr. Pierdon received his master’s of medical management degree from Tulane University in 1999. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.
Susan M. Hallick, RN, BSN, MHA, NEA-BC, is Executive Vice President, System Chief Nursing Officer. Sue began her professional career at Geisinger in 1983 as a staff nurse in psychiatric and medical/surgical nursing. From 1986-1995, Sue held various middle management positions in the medical/surgical units and psychiatric units at GMC. From there, Sue moved on in July 1996 to become a Nursing Resource Engineering Facilitator for the “Geisinger 2000” Project, focusing on the development and implementation of a patient focused care inpatient care delivery model. During this time, nursing implemented systems that would position nursing for real-time productivity and nursing care hours training. In March 1998, Sue assumed the role of Assistant Vice President, Nursing Services, where she assisted the CNO in the successful implementation of care delivery and productivity systems.
In August 2000, she was promoted to Vice President, Nursing at GMC where she became responsible for nursing professional standards and patient care in the North Central Region of the health system and in July 2001, Sue’s role was expanded to Chief Administrative Officer, GMC and System Chief Nursing Officer. Today, she collaborates with the Executive Vice President Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Clinical Enterprise to lead the clinical enterprise at GMC and integrate best practice nursing standards across the system.
Sue is an adjunct faculty member of Thomas Jefferson University and strongly supports our ongoing educational partnership with them. Furthermore, Sue actively participates in networking and events through the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Hospital and Healthcare Association of PA and the Nightingales of PA. All of these support and encourage the growth of nursing across the entire Geisinger Health System.
Sue holds a diploma in nursing from the Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing as well as a BSN from Penn State University. She also earned a Masters degree in Health Administration from Wilkes University