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The University of Pennsylvania Health System has named John J. Herman as chief executive officer of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health (LG Health), effective March 1, 2021. 

Herman, who currently serves as chief executive officer of the North Shore Region for the Ochsner Health system in New Orleans, La., will succeed Jan L. Bergen, who announced her retirement in August 2020. Bergen will remain with LG Health until March 30, to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

“John’s strong belief in the power of integration to drive healthier communities and his demonstrated experience leading within organizations committed to integrated care across large systems make him well-prepared to sustain and enhance LG Health’s exceptional care of patients in our region,” said Kevin B. Mahoney, chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

John J. Herman

As the leader of Ochsner Health’s network of owned or financially integrated hospitals, multispecialty ambulatory centers and more than 110 clinics on the North Shore in Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast – which employ more than 6,000 people -- Herman has led improved quality and safety outcomes, enhanced employee engagement and built a foundation for system growth.

“John brings a deep appreciation for both Penn Medicine and LG Health’s historic legacies as pioneering health-care organizations, combined with a commitment to community care and experience developing high reliability organizations and productive partnerships to provide highly personalized care alongside options for the most advanced medicine,” said D. Michael Wege, Chairman of the LG Health Board of Trustees.

Prior to moving into his current role, Herman served as chief operating officer for the 767-bed Ochsner Medical Center – Ochsner’s flagship academic Magnet-designated hospital in New Orleans. The hospital provides education and training to more than 1,000 medical students, nurses, and technical staff and serves a quaternary-level, regional referral center for more than 700,000 unique patients annually.

Herman led more than 2,500 clinical and non-clinical professionals and all areas of hospital operations, and supported centers of excellence in cancer, cardiology, neurology, pediatrics, transplant and women’s services. Ochsner’s Group Practice includes more than 650 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties. 

Prior to joining Ochsner in 2014, Herman served in various leadership roles over 18 years within the Catholic Health System in Western New York, including the chief operating officer for Mercy Hospital of Buffalo for five years. He was also the chief operating officer for Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

“I am honored to be selected as the next leader of LG Health,” Herman said. “It is a wonderful organization with a rich history and a strong commitment to its people, its community and to providing the best health care possible to all.”

A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Herman earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and holds a Master of Business Administration from State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, Herman earned his Managing Healthcare Delivery Executive Certificate from Harvard Business School. He is also active on several community boards in the New Orleans region, including St Tammany Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Business Council and United Way of Southeast Louisiana Leader Advisory Group. Herman and his wife Lisa have two college-age children.

Wege, reflecting upon Bergen’s leadership during more than 20 years with LG Health, where she spent more than five years as system CEO, noted, “Under her outstanding leadership, LG Health strengthened its nationally recognized excellence in patient care, and its relentless commitment to improving the health and well-being of all in our community. For this and so much more, Jan has our profound gratitude.”


Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, excellence in patient care, and community service. The organization consists of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Penn’s Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school.

The Perelman School of Medicine is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $550 million awarded in the 2022 fiscal year. Home to a proud history of “firsts” in medicine, Penn Medicine teams have pioneered discoveries and innovations that have shaped modern medicine, including recent breakthroughs such as CAR T cell therapy for cancer and the mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities stretch from the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to the New Jersey shore. These include the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Chester County Hospital, Lancaster General Health, Penn Medicine Princeton Health, and Pennsylvania Hospital—the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is an $11.1 billion enterprise powered by more than 49,000 talented faculty and staff.

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