Leadership & Governance

AllSpire Health Partners, LLC is led by CEO Paul Tirjan on behalf of a Board of Managers comprised of the CEOs of each member health system as well as representatives from each of the health systems’ Boards.   Critical prioritization of efforts and decision making direction is provided by a Development Committee comprised of the most senior Strategy and Business Development executives of each member health system.

Paul J. Tirjan

President
AllSpire Health Partners

Paul J. Tirjan, a seasoned and accomplished health care executive and entrepreneur, is president of AllSpire Health Partners and provides strategic leadership, start-up expertise and operational project oversight.

Prior to joining AllSpire Health Partners in August 2016, Tirjan served three years as vice president of ambulatory care at Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), a Fortune 500 health services company located in King of Prussia, Pa.  In his position at UHS, Tirjan was responsible for the overall ambulatory care strategy, development, growth and profitability for the hospital management company. UHS’ ambulatory portfolio under Tirjan’s direction included free-standing emergency departments, urgent care centers, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, radiation oncology, rehabilitation, wound care, retail pharmacy, home health, and telemedicine, as well as data, technology, infrastructure and programs to support population health management.

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During his career, Tirjan has served in a variety of executive management positions with a diversified range of companies pioneering “state-of-the-art“ diagnostic cardiology and patient monitoring systems, and growing companies from small start-up operations to profitable publicly traded companies.

Immediately prior to UHS, Tirjan was chief executive officer at WirelessDx, where he launched a multinational diagnostic company from concept through acquisition. Previously, as vice president at CardioNet, he helped turn a $7 million revenue diagnostic service company into a $40 million revenue company ready for its IPO in just two years.

Earlier in his career he co-founded and led diversified healthcare provider Quaker Health Services as president for eight years and served as director of Venture Investments at San Francisco based life-science venture capital fund Burrill & Company.

Tirjan earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian A. Gragnolati

President and CEO
Atlantic Health System

Brian A. Gragnolati is president and CEO of Atlantic Health System. Prior to joining Atlantic Health System in May 2015, Gragnolati served as Senior Vice President, Community Division of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). He was operationally responsible for three owned/two affiliated hospitals, eight ambulatory and surgery center sites and community physician integration. He was successful in further developing the JHM Integrated Delivery and Financing System by expanding owned insurance product offerings, growing the geographic footprint and developing new models of clinical and financial integration. He also served as President and CEO of Suburban Hospital, a member of JHM where he was recognized by the Jackson Organization as a top performing hospital for overall employee satisfaction. He led the full asset merger in JHM securing Suburban’s continued ability to provide access to high quality, affordable health care services in a complex and evolving market. Key, long-term relationships were developed by Gragnolati with National Institutes of Health, Kaiser and Highmark.

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Gragnolati held the position of president and CEO at York Hospital and senior vice president at WellSpan Health, an integrated health care system based in York, Pa. During his tenure he participated in the initiation of a 60,000 member managed care organization and a 300 physician medical group and led the transformation of a traditional department framework to an integrated service line structure resulting in recognition as a “Top 100 Hospital” for five consecutive years. He also held executive positions at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (now Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vt.), and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

Gragnolati is a member of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) board of trustees, responsible for leading hospitals and health systems in the advancement of health among individuals and communities. He also currently serves on the AHA’s Research and Operations Committees. He is past chair of the AHA’s Section for Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council. Gragnolati received the AHA’s Partnership for Action Grassroots Champion Award which recognizes one hospital leader from each state who effectively educates elected officials on major issues affecting hospitals and advocates for the hospital, as well as the patients and community served by the hospital. He also received recognition as a Patriotic Employer by The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. This award acknowledges an employer’s support of employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Systems Analysis from the University of Connecticut and an MBA degree from Western New England College in Massachusetts. He received an Executive Leadership Certificate from the JFK School at Harvard University.

Atlantic Health System’s six medical centers provide a broad array of top quality health care services to nearly two million residents in northern and central New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Atlantic Health System retains the highest bond rating given to any New Jersey health care provider, and the company has been ranked among Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” each year from 2009 through 2016. Atlantic Health System has also been recognized six consecutive times by AARP, which in 2013 ranked the hospital system among the top three companies on its list of “Best Employers for Workers Over 50”. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology & heart surgery and orthopedics in the publication’s annual “Best Hospitals” list. Morristown Medical Center also ranked among the best hospitals in New Jersey and was recognized as a “Best Regional Hospital,” high performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, pulmonology, and urology.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report recognized Overlook Medical Center as a “Best Regional Hospital,” high performing in neurology & neurosurgery, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heart failure.

John K. Lloyd, FACHE

Co-CEO
Hackensack Meridian Health Network

John K. Lloyd, FACHE, a nationally-recognized health care innovator, is the co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health Network, one of the largest, most comprehensive health networks in New Jersey.

Prior to his current position as co-CEO, John served as president and CEO of Meridian Health, a $1.8 billion, New Jersey-based, not-for-profit integrated health system, encompassing Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Bayshore Community Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy, and Meridian Partner Companies, which include home health services; skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, fitness and wellness centers, ambulance services, physician practice management and support services, urgent care facilities, and ambulatory care and services located throughout central New Jersey.

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John began his undergraduate education at Princeton University, and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps., before attaining a Masters of Business Administration in Health Administration at Temple University. Starting as an administrative resident at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, John entered the health care industry in 1972 with a keen business sense, high energy, and affable style that would serve him well throughout his career.

In 1982, when he was named president of Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, the hospital was at a crossroads. In collaboration with physicians, trustees, employees, and community leaders, John quickly set the hospital on a track to success unsurpassed in the region.

Today, Jersey Shore University Medical Center is one of the leading independent academic medical centers in New Jersey, home to such advanced services as cardiac surgery, regional trauma center, comprehensive stroke center, and first state-designated children’s hospital in the region.

In January 1997, as the nation’s health care system underwent dramatic changes, John led the merger of Jersey Shore with two other highly-respected community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, to create Meridian Health. Together with the Meridian Partner Companies, Meridian established itself as the most comprehensive health care provider in the state. Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel joined the Meridian family in 2010. Under John’s leadership, Meridian Health grew and evolved into a nationally-recognized health care leader, with a special focus on clinical quality, nursing excellence and innovative technology applications.

Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, has been recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America six times, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

John was instrumental in developing Meridian’s continuum of care, which helped the organization meet and exceed the challenges of health care reform. There are several programs that have put Meridian on the path towards population health management, while reducing costs and increasing quality. Meridian Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was established in 2013, currently cares for approximately 50,000 Medicare patients and is one of only three ACOs in New Jersey and few across the country to receive a savings. Meridian was selected as one of only four organizations in the country to participate in a Medicare palliative care demonstration pilot to improve the coordination of care for end-of-life patients. Additionally in 2013, Meridian and Geisinger Health Plan launched a joint venture to offer Meridian Geisinger Gold, a Medicare Advantage insurance product. John also led Meridian’s participation in AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium consisting of seven of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

John has served as chairman of NJ Hospital Association and has held local, state and national board positions at organizations such as the NJ Council of Teaching Hospitals, American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, Georgian Court University, QualCare, Commerce Bank and Lifetime Fitness. John is a past recipient of the Medical Executive Award from the Academy of Medicine of NJ and the Distinguished Business Leader Award from Monmouth University. In 2009, John was recognized by the NJHA as its Healthcare Professional of the Year. He is currently ranked among the most powerful healthcare leaders by NJBIZ. John was listed as one of the 2015 “130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know.”

Robert C. Garrett, FACHE

Co-CEO
Hackensack Meridian Health Network

Robert C. Garrett, a nationally-renowned healthcare leader and sought-after industry expert, is the co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health Network, one of the largest, most comprehensive health networks in New Jersey.

Mr. Garrett began his time with Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 as a resident, and served as president and CEO of the Hackensack University Health Network from November 2009 through July 2016, at which time he assumed his current position as co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. In the face of healthcare reform, Mr. Garrett optimally positioned HackensackUHN and HackensackUMC for success through a series of acquisitions, mergers, partnerships and affiliations.

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In July 2016, HackensackUHN merged with Meridian Health; creating one of the largest healthcare networks in New Jersey with 13 hospitals throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, known as Hackensack Meridian Health Network. The network has a total of more than 4,000 beds; a network of physician practices with a medical team of nearly 6,000 credentialed members; more than 120 facilities; and approximately 28,000 team members.

In June 2015, HackensackUHN and Seton Hall University signed a definitive agreement to form a new, four-year school of medicine—the only private school of medicine in the state—located on the campus of the former Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in Nutley and Clifton, NJ.

These affiliations are in addition to HackensackUHN’s already-established partnerships with: AllSpire Health Partners, the largest healthcare consortium of its kind in the country; Aetna (Medicare Advantage plan); American Well (telehealth services); CityMD (urgent care centers); CVS MinuteClinic; Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (cardiac); Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (clinical and academic affiliation); Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (oncology); Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (ACO); MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (bone marrow transplant program); New Jersey Innovation Institute (New Jersey Institute of Technology); NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery; OMNIA Health Alliance (partnership with six health systems and Horizon BCBSNJ to develop tiered products); Summit Health Management (clinical affiliation); Uber (transportation); and United Surgical Partners International (ambulatory care centers). The network also maintains academic affiliations with Georgetown University School of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, St; George’s University School of Medicine, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Mr. Garrett also steered HackensackUHN’s community health initiatives through HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants in Maywood, NJ – one of the largest fitness and wellness centers of its kind in New Jersey. In 2012, the HackensackAlliance ACO was one of just 27 ACOs selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Today, HackensackAlliance ACO has nearly 575 affiliated physicians covering 85,000 lives with an estimated MSSP cost savings of more than $17.21 million in its first two years of operation.

Hackensack University Medical Center is a 775-bed academic and research medical center with nearly 8,000 team members and more than 1,600 physicians. It is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and has received some of the most prestigious designations and distinctions from the nation’s leading healthcare ratings companies.

Mr. Garrett’s leadership and strategic vision has garnered much professional praise. He was ranked second on the NJBIZ 2016 “Power 50 Health Care” list, and received the Healthcare Professional of the Year award, as part of the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards. He was also ranked on its “Power 100: The most powerful people in New Jersey business” list for five consecutive years. He was listed as one of the “2015 130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know,” and is also one of the “2014 500+ People to Know in Healthcare” according to Becker’s Hospital Review. In 2013, he was selected as a member of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, an invite-only council representing some of the most well-respected business leaders in America. He was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Medical Executive Award, part of the prestigious Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards. Mr. Garrett has been honored by numerous organizations and agencies, and has been invited to speak at national events, such as the Healthgrades HealthShare Symposium and Becker’s Hospital Review’s annual meeting, and has been featured on numerous television programs and within numerous national publications.

In 2015, Mr. Garrett spoke at numerous conferences and events, including: NYU Stern Alumni Relations and the Stern Healthcare Association Conference; the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School’s Ethical Leadership Conference; Meadowlands Regional Chamber’s Thought Leaders Conference; the Association for Corporate Growth’s NJ Bergen Chapter event; and the New Jersey Bankers Association’s Economic Forum Conference.

Mr. Garrett serves on the boards of the Bank of America Trust Advisory Board, Bergen Community College Foundation, Choose New Jersey, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as the QualCare Board of Directors. He has also served on or is a member of: the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, New Jersey Hospital Association, Greater New York Hospital Association, and the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board; He received his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in Saint Louis and his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in New York.

Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP

President and CEO
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Brian Nester, DO, became president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) on July 1, 2014. LVHN is a comprehensive, integrated health network that includes three full-service licensed hospitals with five campuses, a children’s hospital, an employed physician group with nearly 1,000 members, and 11 outpatient health centers. LVHN is its region’s largest employer, with more than 13,000 employees.

Dr. Nester had been the chief strategy officer (CSO) at LVHN since 2011. In that role he aligned LVHN’s business development assets with evolving population health management competencies and insurance sophistication in the creation of new partnerships and structures that will facilitate LVHN’s transformation into an accountable care organization.

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Dr. Nester came to LVHN in 1998 from an academic post in emergency medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. In addition to CSO, he has served at LVHN as associate vice chair, department of emergency medicine as both the research director and the director of the Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Muhlenberg emergency department; and as senior vice president for physician hospital network development.

Dr. Nester serves as chairman of the board of the Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization and is a member of the board of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. He speaks nationally on issues related to physician integration and business development, and is guest lecturer at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and Mailman School of Public Health on issues related to health care reform and strategy.

He received his DO and MS degrees from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his MBA from Columbia University in New York. He is a certified physician executive (CPE) through the American College of Physician Executives and continues to practice as a board-certified emergency physician at LVHN.

LVHN is recognized for numerous national honors, including Magnet status for nursing. It has been ranked as a U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospital” for 19 consecutive years, most recently in 2014 in 10 care areas. In 2012, LVHN received accreditation from The Joint Commission as the first hospital in Pennsylvania and one of the first three in the United States to be officially certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. LVHN also ranks among the nation’s top hospitals for quality and patient safety (The Leapfrog Group).

Clinton Matthews

President and CEO
Tower Health

Clint Matthews is president and chief executive officer of Reading Health System. Since taking on this role in June 2010, Mr. Matthews has overseen the implementation of a system-wide electronic medical records implementation, a new system branding and advertising campaign and the oversight of a Clinically Integrated Physician Network (CLIO), as well as the approval and start of construction for $354 million in perioperative services and an inpatient bed tower.

Previously as a managing director with FTI Healthcare, Mr. Matthews was responsible for the assessment of and/or improvements for FTI Healthcare clients nationwide, with expertise in leading executive management teams, performance improvement, organizational redesign, operations management and strategic planning. With a focus on organizational and leadership development, as well as financial, operational and quality improvement, Mr. Matthews assisted health systems and hospitals with financial recovery, improvements in quality outcomes, physician alignment, and patient satisfaction.

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Prior to joining FTI, Mr. Matthews successfully led the development and improvement of several acute care and specifically hospital facilities of various sizes and types, including for-profit, not-for-profit and public governmental facilities. He has been successful in different types of health care markets, including urban and suburban health care environments. He has worked in all aspects of hospital operations and diversified health care ventures. He has planned, developed and initiated numerous tertiary and quaternary programs and facilities. His facilities have received top 50 and 100 awards in numerous clinical areas, as well as overall distinguished awards in clinical excellence.

Mr. Matthews earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from Texas Women’s University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on the board or committees of several state hospital associations.

Kevin H. Mosser, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer
WellSpan Health

Dr. Kevin Mosser has been associated with WellSpan Health for more than 30 years, assuming the position of president and chief executive officer in October 2013. A board-certified family physician, he has served the community as a practitioner and in leadership roles that span the entire health system, including WellSpan’s medical group, hospitals, medical education programs and preferred provider organization.

As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Dr. Mosser provided senior executive oversight to WellSpan York Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, the WellSpan Medical Group, WellSpan Specialty Services and system-wide clinical programs.  He has focused on performance improvement and enhancing integration and care coordination across WellSpan’s continuum of care.

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Prior to that time, Dr. Mosser led WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital through significant improvements in service, quality and efficiency and positioned the hospital as a “Top 100 Performance Leader,” as recognized by Thomson Healthcare.  He also played an important role in the development of WellSpan’s Adams County system of care.

An active leader within the local health care profession and the communities of York and Adams counties, Dr. Mosser currently serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation Board and the Community Advisory Board of Penn State Mont-Alto.  He previously served on the executive committee of the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania’s Small Hospital Council and on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of York and Adams counties.

Dr. Mosser holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.