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PA health secretary leaves Wolf administration for Geisinger Health

| Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Secretary of Health Karen Murphy
Secretary of Health Karen Murphy

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Karen Murphy is leaving Gov. Tom Wolf's administration to take a top job at Geisinger Health, an integrated hospital and insurer system in a competitive market at the center of the state.

Murphy will be an executive vice president, chief innovation officer and founding director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Geisinger, which is based in Danville, according to a news release Tuesday.

The 12-hospital system faces a wave of competition in the region from UPMC, which formed nearby UPMC Susquehanna through an affiliation last fall and has been buying or affiliating with small community hospitals in the region. Geisinger announced in May that it was pursuing a joint venture with Highmark Inc. in the region that would include a medical campus in the Montoursville area.

A nurse with graduate degrees in business administration, Murphy directed a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services program focused on health care innovation across states before joining the Wolf administration. Before that, she was president and chief executive officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, where she founded an integrated medical group practice.

“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,” Dr. David Feinberg, Geisinger's president and chief executive officer, said in the release.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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