Geisinger President and CEO Dr. David Feinberg earned another honor this week when the head of the growing health system was named one of 2016’s 60 most powerful people in health care by national publication Becker Hospital Review.
Also on the list are President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump; Sylvia Burwell, the secretary of Health and Human Services, and her potential replacement, U.S. Rep. Tom Price, and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, among others.
Feinberg, who took over for Dr. Glenn Steele in May 2015, was selected in part because of Geisinger’s out-of-the-box approach. “Dr. Feinberg became Geisinger’s sixth CEO last year, and he’s off to a running start,” Becker’s wrote in its review. “In 2016 alone, the 12-hospital system shared plans to partner with a medical school, refunded more than $400,000 to dissatisfied patients and kicked off a systemwide effort to hire 1,500 physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and support staff.”
Earlier this week, Geisinger’s acquisition of Scranton-based The Commonwealth Medical College was approved after regulatory approvals from local, state and accrediting agencies, creating the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. It makes Geisinger one of only a few organizations in the country that has a health system, health plan and medical school.
In mid-December, Feinberg wrote a social media post noting one of his goals was to eliminate waiting times in Geisinger emergency rooms within two years.
Feinberg was honored twice by Becker’s late last year, naming him one of the 135 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know and one of the 110 Physician Leaders to Know for 2016. Becker’s Healthcare is a leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for health care industry leaders, including trade publications that include Becker Hospital Review.
Date: January 06, 2017