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Announcement made during portrait unveiling for former Geisinger president/CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DANVILLE, PA -- The Hospital for Advanced Medicine (HfAM) at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) will now be named in honor of Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who served as president and chief executive officer of Geisinger from March 1, 2001 through April 30, 2015. The announcement was made during a ceremony today to unveil a portrait of Dr. Steele (right), which will hang in the HfAM lobby.

Now chairman of xG Health Solutions, an independently operated venture based in Columbia, Md., that helps health care organizations across the country create value and improve quality, Dr. Steele grew Geisinger into a nationally and internationally respected organization that is at the forefront of the transformation of United States health care through its advanced use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models. He was named among the nation’s most influential physician executives by Modern Healthcare magazine in each of the last five years.

“Dr. Steele led during a time of incredible growth and investment throughout the health system – including the opening of the Hospital for Advanced Medicine here on the Geisinger Medical Center campus,” said David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, who succeeded Dr. Steele as president and CEO, Geisinger. “This modern facility and its advanced technology provide the best setting for our team to care for people in need – including the most seriously and critically ill or injured patients. It is right and fitting that we honor Dr. Steele by naming this facility the Glenn D. Steele, Jr. Hospital for Advanced Medicine (left) – and that Dr. Steele’s portrait be placed here.”

“Dr. Steele did an incredible job of leading and growing the health system, as well as expanding innovative health care services for Geisinger’s patients and members,” added Geisinger Board Chairman William Alexander.

Dr. Steele arrived at Geisinger from the University of Chicago, where he served as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery, Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine. 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 and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital.

A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Steele has served since 2012 on the United States Congressional Budget Office’s panel of health advisors. He is also a member of the Roundtable on Value and Science-driven Healthcare, 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).

He was recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award in May, and also a 2014 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

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 health delivery and financing. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of nearly 500 scientific and professional articles.

The $100 million Hospital for Advanced Medicine welcomed its first patients on Feb. 9, 2010. The nine-story facility, which broke ground on June 21, 2007 and is attached to the GMC structure, provides more than 308,000 square feet of space to treat patients who are in need of advanced medical services. A major focus of the HfAM facility is on flexibility and technology, both hallmarks of Dr. Steele’s tenure at Geisinger.

 

About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.