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Joel Fagerstrom

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Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer St. Luke's University Health Network

Mr. Joel Fagerstrom serves as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of St. Luke's University Health Network (Formerly, St. Luke's Hospital of Bethlehem Pennsylvania) and St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital. Mr. Fagerstrom served as an Interim Chief Executive Officer for Southeast Texas region at CHRISTUS Health System since January 2005. Mr. Fagerstrom was responsible for St. Elizabeth, Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur and Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital in Jasper. He was previously Associate Administrator of CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. He has been with CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital since June 2004 and has more than 20 years' experience in health care to the CHRISTUS Health system, having served in leadership positions in a variety of hospitals, both urban and rural, academic and community, and non-profit and for-profit. Before joining CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, N.J., a 628-bed teaching hospital owned by Atlantic Health System. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, which is affiliated with Drexel School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Fagerstrom is actively involved in several professional and community organizations, including Southeast Texas United Way, where he serves as a Member of the organization's Board of Directors. He serves as a Member of Board of Trustees at St. Luke's Warren Hospital. Mr. Fagerstrom holds Master's Degrees from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in Hospital and Healthcare Administration and Business Administration. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Hospital Administration and Organizational Communications from Concordia College in Moorhead, Mn., where he graduated Cum Laude.