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Steven L. Strongwater, M.D., named Geisinger Chief Medical Executive for Acquisition Integration

 Nov. 14, 2013                              

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Health System chief transformation officer Steven L. Strongwater, M.D., has accepted additional responsibility as chief medical executive for acquisition integration.

While continuing his leadership of the health system’s health care transformation efforts, Dr. Strongwater will also serve as the senior physician executive working with newly acquired hospitals and their independent and employed medical staffs. In his expanded role, Dr. Strongwater will ensure clinical program development and work with independent physicians to build and link new clinical programs with Geisinger service lines. Since joining Geisinger last year, he has focused on leading efforts to enhance value, improve health outcomes, expand access to health services and re-engineer patient care delivery.

“Geisinger is committed to working together with independent, community physicians throughout our service area,” said Geisinger Health System executive vice president and chief medical officer Albert Bothe, M.D. “I am pleased that Dr. Strongwater will lead our efforts to collaborate with area physicians in doing what is best for patients.”

Dr. Strongwater came to Geisinger in 2012 from Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he served as executive officer of Stony Brook University Hospital since 2007. He also previously served as medical director of the University of Connecticut Medical Group, chief of staff for John Dempsey Hospital, associate dean for clinical affairs, director of clinical operations and hospital director, all for University of Connecticut Health Center.

A graduate of the University of Rochester, Dr. Strongwater earned his medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. After completing a residency in internal medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, he completed a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Strongwater has served as a leader in a number of professional organizations including the Committee of Health Professions for the American Hospital Association and the Board of Directors for the University HealthSystem Consortium, Nassau-Suffolk Healthcare Corporation and Greater New York Hospital Association.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 20,800 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, seven hospital campuses, two research centers and a 448,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and  Facebook.

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