President and CEO
Lehigh Valley Health Network
As president and CEO, Nester leads and oversees Lehigh Valley Health Network’s 13 hospital campuses, five health institutes, Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, 28 health centers, primary and specialty care physician practices, 20 ExpressCARE locations, and its pharmacy, imaging, home health and rehabilitation services. Strategic direction regarding growth of services, programs and facilities also is his responsibility.
The “great resignation,” one fallout of the pandemic, has affected health systems nationwide. “LVHN’s ability to overcome this challenge would not be possible without the resilience and dedication of our health network’s 20,000 colleagues,” Nester said. “Retaining our health care professionals by providing an excellent work experience from hire to retire is one way our health network is overcoming the labor shortage. LVHN also is doing everything possible to attract new colleagues … . By conducting a comprehensive marketing campaign, providing opportunities for professional development, strengthening partnerships with colleges and universities, and … more tactics, we are attracting new health care professionals … . In 2022, LVHN hired more than 4,900 colleagues, which is the most … hired in one year in LVHN’s 120-plus-year history. We are on track to set a new record in 2023.”