Geisinger said its president and CEO, David T. Feinberg, will be leaving the hospital system early next year.
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Jaewon Ryu will act as interim president and CEO beginning in December.
According to Don Stanziano, Geisinger’s chief marketing officer, the system’s board of directors is still deciding on its next steps for hiring a permanent CEO.
“We have a strong interim leader that the board identified prior to the announcement,” Stanziano said. “The permanent process is being determined now.”
Feinberg, who has led the system for three years, is planning to step down on Jan. 3 to take a leadership position at the search giant Google, Stanziano said. Ryu is expected to take his new position on Dec. 1, allowing a month-long transition before Feinberg leaves.
“I know that I am leaving Geisinger in capable hands as the leadership team continues to advance Geisinger’s important mission of taking care of the people we serve,” Feinberg said.
During his tenure at Geisinger, Stanziano said Feinberg championed an emphasis on patient experience, which has resulted in positive reviews from patients that receive care in the system.
“In health care we can focus a lot on the science and the medicine and sometimes we lose the focus on what the patient is experiencing,” Stanziano said. “In the time he’s been here we’ve seen marked improvements on the way we do that.”
Before joining Geisinger in 2016, Ryu was the president of integrated care delivery for Humana in Louisville, Kentucky. Ryu is a practicing emergency medicine physician and an attorney.
According to Stanziano, Ryu was instrumental in launching the system’s Geisinger at Home program, which brings physicians, therapists and case managers to the homes of patients who have difficulty getting to the hospital. He said that Ryu’s experience in both health insurance and patient care will be vital as he moves into his new position.
Geisinger has 13 hospitals and serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In Central Pennsylvania, the system operates Geisinger Holy Spirit in East Pennsboro Township.