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

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.

Robert C. Garrett, FACHE

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 the position as co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. Mr. Garrett became the Hackensack Meridian Health system CEO January 2019. 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.

Roxanna L. Gapstur, PhD, RN

President and CEO
WellSpan Health

In January 2019, Roxanna Gapstur assumed the role of President and CEO of WellSpan Health. She has over 25 years of healthcare leadership experience working in group practice, academic, and integrated health care systems which included health plan operations. Prior to her appointment at WellSpan, Dr. Gapstur was a senior vice president and president within the HealthPartners system in Bloomington, Minn.

Dr. Gapstur has extensive experience in strategic planning, business development and operational leadership in both ambulatory and hospital settings. She has served in multiple executive roles including chief operating officer, chief nursing officer and as a senior executive accountable for population health.

Dr. Gapstur obtained her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

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She was named a “Top 35 Women in Healthcare Leader” by Minnesota Women’s Health Leadership Trust in 2014. Dr. Gapstur has participated as a member and president of non-profit boards, including the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing.