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2010 President’s Business Council Honoree Announced


Joseph T. Sebastianelli, Esq. ’68, president and CEO of Jefferson Health System, Inc., will receive the University’s President’s Medal at the President’s Business Council’s (PBC) Ninth Annual Award Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at The Pierre in New York City.

Sebastianelli has been leading Jefferson Health System (JHS), headquartered in Radnor, since 2002. The JHS was formed in 1995 through the merger of the Main Line Health System and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. It combined five significant provider networks into the region’s only major not-for-profit health system operating as a decentralized model. With more than $3 billion in annual revenues, 27,000 full-time employees, 3,700 beds and 4,500 medical staff members, JHS is the largest, most successful health system in southeastern Pennsylvania with the greatest geographic coverage and market share.

A native of Jessup and a current member of the University’s Board of Trustees, Sebastianelli earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University and a juris doctor degree with highest honors from Villanova University School of Law. Prior to joining JHS, he established a long and distinguished career in the health care and insurance industries as well as the legal profession. His career highlights include: president of Aetna, Inc.; chairman and CEO of RealMed Corp.; co-president of U.S. Healthcare, Inc.; and executive vice president of Scripps Health in San Diego, Calif. Sebastianelli also held positions at Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia, now known as Independence Blue Cross. Sebastianelli is a past chairman of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). He began his career as an associate in the law office of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius in the area of health insurance litigation. He and his wife, Leanne, reside in Berwyn, Pa., with their daughter, Julia. He also has three sons, Joseph, Justin and John, and three grandchildren.

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., University president, noted, “Joe’s distinguished career as one of the University’s top alumni in the health care industry warrants this exceptional recognition. It is made even more special given his role as the leader of the largest health care system in one of the University’s major regions.”

For more information on the PBC or the dinner, contact Timothy J. Pryle ’89, Director, at (570) 941-5837 or pbc@scranton.edu.

Press Release Contact:
Stan Zygmunt
Director of News & Media Relations
The University of Scranton