Geisinger Health has placed its former chief population officer, Janet Tomcavage, in the role of chief nursing executive, the Danville, Pa.-based system announced on Monday.
Tomcavage, who has been with Geisinger since 2014, was touted as a "pioneer in population health and advanced medical homes."
"Nurses make a huge difference every day in the lives of our patients, and this new position reflects our ongoing commitment to nurses and to their professional growth," Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Geisinger's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Janet brings outstanding experience in the full scope of nursing and all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care, and I'm excited for her and for all our nurses as she transitions into her new leadership role."
Tomcavage most recently helped launch Geisinger at Home, a home-based care model for medically complex patients. She has held various senior leadership roles, including serving as chief administrative officer at Geisinger Health Plan, which serves nearly 600,000 members.
"I have had so many great opportunities to create innovative, transformative programs that not only improved outcomes for the patients we serve in our communities but also served as examples for national care models. But we're not done," she said.
Tomcavage earned her nursing degree from Bloomsburg State University and her master's degree in nursing from Misericordia University. She's the first Geisinger nurse to receive the Pennsylvania Nightingale Award for clinical excellence. She also is an active member in several professional societies and has served in various leadership roles in the American Nurses Association and the Alliance of Community Health Plans.
"Nurses serve in some of the most important roles in healthcare and make a difference every day in the lives of our patients," Tomcavage said, "I'm excited to take the lessons I've learned along my journey from bedside nurse to educator to leader and help position Geisinger's more than 6,500 nurses—in all positions, from LPNs to RNs to advanced practice nurses—for their own future successes."