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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger President and CEO Jaewon Ryu, M.D., has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives. This is the second straight year Dr. Ryu has made the annual list.

Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives listing honors physician and nurse leaders working in the healthcare industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential. Nominees were selected based on actions they took this year to help their respective organizations achieve or exceed financial, operational and clinical goals; steps they took to establish or contribute to a culture of innovation and transformation on local and national levels; and examples of how they have addressed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim of improved community health, a better patient experience and lower costs. Judging for the final ranking consisted of reader voting and input from Modern Healthcare senior editors. 

“It is such a privilege to lead a truly unique organization like Geisinger, which continues to provide world-class care to its patients and members through programs like Geisinger at Home, MyCode Community Health Initiative and 65 Forward,” said Dr. Ryu. “The work of the staff each day to safely meet our communities’ health needs is inspiring, especially as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. I am so proud to be a part of Geisinger as we continue to make health easier in our communities.”  

As part of his selection to the prestigious list, Dr. Ryu was recognized for his efforts in in expanding community care programs and a patient-first approach to care. Dr. Ryu, who was named Geisinger’s interim president and CEO in November 2018 before being formalized as the leader of the organization in June 2019, has led a redesign of the health system’s primary-care operations by creating an environment where clinicians are freed up to spend more time with patients. As a result, the system builds on its legacy of innovative care models that drive greater value, outcomes, and affordability. 

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. Jaewon Ryu
Geisinger President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jaewon Ryu.

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