Lehigh Valley Health Network is home to two full-service hospitals with 1,011 licensed acute-care beds: Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, Pa., which includes an additional clinical campus, Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street in Allentown, Pa.; and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, Pa.
The health network has a team of more than 12,000 staff members, more than 1,200 medical staff members and more than 650 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Patient care is supported by clinical research and education, including a medical school partnership with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. The health network also includes numerous community health centers and clinics, retail health clinics, and home health and hospice services.
Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP
President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
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).