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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

DANVILLE, Pa. – Today, Geisinger announced the appointment of Matthew Walsh to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective Oct. 1.

Walsh, who joined Geisinger in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer for the clinical enterprise, joins Geisinger’s executive leadership team following more than two years of progressive leadership for Geisinger’s 1,300-plus physicians, 13 hospital campuses and more than 100 outpatient and ambulatory clinics. In his new role, Walsh will continue progress toward creating a seamless, user-friendly experience for everyone in the communities Geisinger serves.

“I can’t think of a more exciting time to be a part of Geisinger as we engage with our communities to build and develop programs that make choosing health a reality for everyone,” Walsh said. “In front of us stands an incredible opportunity to make health easier for members of our communities by unifying the touchpoints across their journeys to health with a simple, cohesive experience whether it’s in a physician’s office, walking into an urgent care facility, at the pharmacy or calling in to make an appointment.” 

As Chief Operating Officer of the Clinical Enterprise, Walsh oversaw several key initiatives and clinical program developments to improve ambulatory, operating room, emergency department and inpatient access. Additionally, Walsh oversaw an overall operations performance improvement initiative that achieved performance improvement value of nearly $400 million over three years.

“During his time at Geisinger, Matt has proven that he is the clear choice to lead Geisinger’s efforts to make health easier for our communities by bringing together all aspects of our organization to better serve our friends and neighbors,” said Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, Geisinger’s president and chief executive officer. “His diverse experience and community-first approach will have a direct, positive impact on the communities we serve by creating more seamless paths to health and well-being.”

Prior to joining Geisinger, Walsh, a University of Michigan Ross School of Business alum, held several leadership roles over nearly twenty years with the Henry Ford Health System. His most recent appointment was senior vice president and chief operating officer for Health Alliance Plan.

Walsh succeeds executive vice president Lynn Miller, who previously announced her intention to retire in spring 2020 following a 30-year career at 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.

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