WellSpan Health has named Anthony Aquilina, D.O., as executive vice president and chief physician executive for the health system. He will join WellSpan in July.
Aquilina will come to WellSpan after more than 25 years at Geisinger Health, most recently serving as regional president of Geisinger Northeast. In that role he was responsible for developing strategic partnerships, growth and planning for Geisinger delivery system services and was accountable for excellence in clinical are, operational efficiency and financial success.
“Dr. Aquilina’s track record of leading teams of physicians and administrators to improve quality, safety, patient experience and operational efficiencies will help us advance our WellSpan vision and strategy,” said Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president and CEO of WellSpan Health. “This is coupled with his health plan background, including experience leading data transparency and cost management, which will advance our journey to value-based care.”
In his new role, Aquilina will serve as WellSpan’s senior physician leader. He will align and engage providers in strategic priorities, including quality and experience. Aquilina will also act as president of WellSpan Medical Group and clinical executive of all service lines.
In partnership with John Porter, executive vice president and chief operating officer of WellSpan Health, Aquilina will have executive oversight of physician and clinical practice, hospital operations, ambulatory and home care, population health and graduate medical education.
“WellSpan is an organization committed to its community, demonstrating high-quality care and delivering on its promises to improve health,” said Aquilina. “As we look to the future, we must continue to find better ways of providing greater value to our patients through safe, reliable care with the best experience at an affordable price. I’m excited to join such a dedicated team to advance WellSpan’s vision of reimagining healthcare.”
Prior to serving as regional president, Aquilina served as chief medical officer of Geisinger Community Medical Center and regional medical director for Geisinger Health Plan, among other positions.
Aquilina has also been actively involved in medical education, serving as a faculty member with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and King’s College Physician’s Assistant Program.
Aquilina earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Master of
Business Administration from Auburn University in Alabama. He is a board-certified family practitioner and geriatrician and was a practicing primary care physician with Geisinger since 1993.