Pa. Secretary of Health leaving for Geisinger exec job

Murphy -

DANVILLE — Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Karen Murphy has been named executive Vice President/Chief Innovation Officer and Founding Director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Geisinger, a press release says. She will begin her new duties in September.

“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” said David Feinberg, Geisinger President and Chief Executive Officer. “She is a proven health care executive with a history of leading complex organizations and initiatives in both the public and private sectors, and we welcome her to the Geisinger family.”

Prior to becoming Secretary of Health, Murphy served as Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative, a $900 million Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services investment designed to accelerate health care innovation across the United States. She previously served in various administrative roles, including President and Chief Executive Officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton.

Murphy earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Temple University Fox School of Business, Master of Business Administration from Marywood University, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from the University of Scranton, and a diploma in nursing from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. She also serves as a clinical faculty member at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton.

“Geisinger is a nationally recognized and respected health care organization, and I am excited to become a member of its leadership team,” Murphy said. “It has been my honor to serve in the Wolf Administration as Secretary of Health, and I welcome this new opportunity to continue making a positive difference in my new role at Geisinger.”

“Secretary Murphy is a leader in public health and health administration and has been a valuable member of my administration,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Among her many accomplishments are her significant contributions to our efforts to address the most important health issues facing Pennsylvania and her key role in my administration’s fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic. I know I speak for everyone in my administration when I say she will be missed, and we wish her well as she advances into her next career opportunity with Geisinger.”