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WellSpan Health appoints new Senior Vice President for Population Health

June 12, 2020




WellSpan Health has named P. Geoffrey Nicholson, Jr., M.D. as senior vice president for population health, effective June 6.

Nicholson, who has been with WellSpan for 18 years, previously served as vice president and chief medical information officer (CMIO) since 2011. Prior to that, he served as hospital informatics specialist and as a hospitalist physician at WellSpan.

"Geoff's leadership and innovation for nearly 20 years at WellSpan has fortified this organization as a trusted partner in our communities," said John Porter, executive vice president and chief operating office, WellSpan Health. "He has cultivated a stronger, more efficient health system and will apply his experience to enhancing data-driven approaches for healthier outcomes."

As CMIO for WellSpan, Nicholson served as lead executive on Project One, a multi-year project to integrate and unify the organization’s electronic health systems to one common platform. He also led WellSpan's achievement of recognition for adoption and utilization of electronic health records - a designation reached by just five percent of hospitals and health systems nationally.

As senior vice president for population health at WellSpan, he will be responsible for the development, planning and execution of WellSpan’s value-based strategy across the organization. He will also provide physician leadership for the WellSpan Provider Network and WellSpan Population Health Services Board of Directors. He will oversee WellSpan’s efforts in the areas of overall population health, risk contracting, case management and continuing care.

"The commitment to excellence shown by our team here at WellSpan is second to none, and it is why I am proud to consider this place my home," said Nicholson. "Serving this community is so important to every single person I work with, as we know our neighbors entrust their health and well-being in WellSpan."

Nicholson earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland and his bachelor's degree from Lock Haven University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at WellSpan York Hospital. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventative Medicine with a subspecialty in Clinical Informatics. He completed Lean for Healthcare training at the University of Tennessee.

Nicholson assumes the role vacated by Charles H. Chodroff, M.D., who retired in April 2020.