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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

DANVILLE, Pa. – Karen Murphy, Ph.D., RN, executive vice president and chief innovation and digital transformation officer at Geisinger, has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Top 25 Women Leaders

The annual program acknowledges and honors women executives from all sectors of the healthcare industry for their contributions to care delivery improvement, health equity, policy and gender equity in healthcare leadership. 

“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” Dr. Murphy said. “Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to work with many others who are passionate about transforming healthcare. This recognition would not be possible without their collaboration and support.” 

Dr. Murphy has worked to improve and transform healthcare delivery throughout her career in both the public and private sectors. Before joining Geisinger, she served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, addressing the most significant health issues facing the state, including the opioid epidemic. Prior to her role as secretary, she served as director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, leading a $990 million investment designed to accelerate health care innovation across the United States. 

She previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, and as founder and chief executive officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc., an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor.

She is the founding director of Geisinger’s Steele Institute for Health Innovation, working with teams in digital transformation, robotic process automation, machine learning, behavioral economics and data enterprise to develop solutions to improve overall health, patient experience, care delivery 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.

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