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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

DANVILLE, Pa. – Karen Murphy, RN, PhD, Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania, has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer and Founding Director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Geisinger. She will begin her new duties in September.

“Secretary Murphy has worked throughout her career to develop innovative ways to improve health and  transform health care delivery, which fits perfectly with Geisinger’s emphasis on caring and putting our patients at the center of everything we do” said David Feinberg, M.D., MBA, Geisinger President and Chief Executive Officer. “She is a proven health care executive with a history of leading complex organizations and initiatives in both the public and private sectors, and we welcome her to the Geisinger family.”

Prior to becoming Secretary of Health, Dr. Murphy served as Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative, a $900 million Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  investment designed to accelerate health care innovation across the United States. She previously served in various administrative roles including President and Chief Executive Officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, as well as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc., an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor.

Secretary Murphy earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from the Temple University Fox School of Business, Master of Business Administration from Marywood University, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from the University of Scranton, and a diploma in nursing from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. An author and national speaker on health policy and health care innovation, Secretary Murphy also serves as a clinical faculty member in the medicine department at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

“Geisinger is a nationally recognized and respected health care organization, and I am excited to become a member of its leadership team,” said Secretary Murphy. “It has been my honor to serve in the Wolf Administration as Secretary of Health, and I welcome this new opportunity to continue making a positive difference in my new role  at Geisinger.”

“Secretary Murphy is a leader in public health and health administration and has been a valuable member of my administration,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Among her many accomplishments are her significant contributions to our efforts to address the most important health issues facing Pennsylvania and her key role in my administration’s fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic. I know I speak for everyone in my administration when I say she will be missed, and we wish her well as she advances into her next career opportunity with Geisinger.”

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Dr. Karen Murphy
Geisinger Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Karen Murphy
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