Brian Nester, DO, was named president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) on November 5, 2014, after serving as the acting president and CEO of LVHN since 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 providers, 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 is a member of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Board, the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, and the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program Advisory Board at Columbia University. He speaks nationally and is published on issues related to physician integration and business development, and has been a 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 for more than a decade.
He received his DO and MS degrees from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his MBA from Columbia University in New York, and he is a certified physician executive (CPE) through the American College of Physician Executives.
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 20 consecutive years, most recently in 2015 in seven 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).