Atrius Health on Thursday named an executive from a nationally recognized health system to lead the Newton-based doctors group, the state’s largest independent physicians network.
Dr. Steven Strongwater comes to Atrius from Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, where he is the chief transformation officer and the chief medical executive working to integrate the hospitals and doctors practices Geisinger acquires. Geisinger, which includes several hospitals and an insurance arm, is known nationally for providing high-quality, integrated health care.
Strongwater, 60, said he wants to lead Atrius’s efforts to make health care more efficient for doctors and patients.
“I’ve watched the Massachusetts market, and I’ve been watching Atrius over an extended period of time,” he said. “Atrius is a pioneer in the United States in many areas, in population health, in innovative and early adoption of electronic medical records. It’s committed to innovation.”
At Atrius, Strongwater will lead 750 physicians who serve 675,000 patients across Eastern Massachusetts. The nonprofit organization includes Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, and a home care agency.
Strongwater has previously worked in Massachusetts, serving in executive roles at the former UMass Medical Center in Worcester. He was later chief executive of Stony Brook University Hospital, a 591-bed facility in Stony Brook, N.Y.
He plans to join Atrius in August, replacing the interim chief executive, Dr. Daniel C. Burnes. Atrius has not had a permanent leader since Dr. Gene Lindsey retired in 2013.
In January, the three doctors groups that now comprise Atrius merged into one company, while three other medical groups broke off from the organization.