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University of Pennsylvania Health System names new CEO

Kevin Mahoney University of Pennsylvania Health System

Kevin Mahoney has been named the next CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He will succeed Ralph Muller, who has served as the health system’s CEO since 2003. Penn Medicine Princeton Health in Plainsboro joined the University of Pennsylvania Health System last year.

Mahoney is a 23-year veteran of leadership roles at Penn Medicine, currently serving as the executive vice president and chief administrative officer, as well as the executive vice dean for integrative services for the Perelman School of Medicine.

“Kevin has an unrivaled breadth of experience and depth of knowledge of health care in an integrated academic medical center, combined with a profound personal commitment to Penn’s ambitious vision to build the academic health system of the future,” said University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann. “We are confident that Kevin will successfully lead the team-based effort to propel UPHS to even greater heights, building on its unparalleled successes and enormous momentum.”

Mahoney will lead a health system that has grown over the past six years from three Philadelphia-based academic medical centers to a broader footprint across the region, and an outpatient network that receives more than 5.7 million visits per year. Mahoney developed the master plan concept for the former Philadelphia Civic Center site, known today as the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. These facilities, together with the Smilow Translational Research Center and the Jordan Medical Education Center, became the nation’s first single building to integrate biomedical research, clinical care, and medical education. He planned and now leads the Pavilion project on Penn’s University City campus adjacent to the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The Pavilion, set to open in 2021, is the largest building project in Penn’s history.

“Kevin was a chief architect behind so many of the efforts for which Penn Medicine has become nationally renowned. He was an early and strong contributor to our campus-wide efforts to make innovation part of Penn’s and Penn Medicine’s DNA,” said J. Larry Jameson, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and dean of the Perelman School of Medicine.

Mahoney joined the University of Pennsylvania Health System in 1996. During his tenure has held additional positions including executive director of Penn’s primary care physician network and CEO of Phoenixville Hospital. He has served as a strategist for Penn Medicine’s growth across the Delaware Valley, from the integration of Chester County Hospital into the University of Pennsylvania Health System to the move of Penn Medicine’s level 1 trauma center to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, to the construction of five multi-specialty ambulatory facilities across region. Most recently, he oversaw the implementation of a common electronic health record platform across Penn’s hospitals, numerous outpatient clinics, and home care.

Mahoney received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Millersville University, and master’s and doctorate degrees in business administration from Temple University. He serves on numerous boards for non-profit organizations in the Delaware Valley, including Puentes de Salud and Community Volunteers in Medicine. He is a 2018 recipient of the Heart of Philadelphia Award by the American Heart Association.

He will begin his new post on July 1.

“I am truly excited by this opportunity,” Mahoney said of his appointment. “Having worked at Penn Medicine for 23 years, I have seen first-hand the miracles performed by our faculty, physicians and staff. I know our best days are ahead with even more breakthrough treatments and the continued evolution of patient-centered care.”


Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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