State's largest independent physician group gets new CEO

28 May 2015 3:17 PM | Deleted user

May 28, 2015   |   Jessica Bartlett   |   Boston Business Journal

The state’s largest independent physicians’ group has a new CEO, the company announced Thursday.

Dr. Steven Strongwater, the chief transformation officer and chief medical executive for Acquisition Integration at Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health, will become Atrius Health’s new president and CEO, leading the 42-practice, 750-physician organization into its next chapter.

He will start in the position in late July or early August.

“We are truly fortunate to have found a leader with such a solid record of driving positive change,“ said Dr. Guy Spinelli, chair of the Atrius Health Board, in a release. “We welcome Dr. Strongwater and look forward to working together to continue on the path to achieving our goals of outstanding quality, exceptional patient experience, lower cost of care, and market-leading physician and staff experience.”

Atrius Health - which is comprised of Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and VNA Care Network & Hospice – serves 675,000 patients across the state.

Though the position is new role for Strongwater, he is not unaccustomed to executive level positions. Prior to working at Geisinger Health, Strongwater served at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center as its medical director and assistant chancellor. He has also worked as CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital.

He has also served as the advisor to the Association of American Medical Colleges, and held numerous positions at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Strongwater was chosen for the Atrius Health role after a six-month nationwide search led by Russell Reynolds Associates.

“I have tremendous admiration for what Atrius Health has accomplished and look forward to working with all the talented and dedicated healthcare professionals at Atrius Health to ensure we remain connected to our patients and the communities we serve, and at the cutting edge of healthcare,” Strongwater said in a release. “Atrius Health has demonstrated it is possible to provide the highest level of care and convenience at the lowest possible cost.”

Strongwater will take over for Dr. Gene Lindsey, who stepped down from the health group in September 2013 but remained CEO emeritus until the end of the year. The Atrius website lists Dr. Daniel Burnes, who has worked with Harvard Vanguard's Board of Directors, as the transition CEO.

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