Cornelio Catena, FACHE

Senior Vice President, Lehigh Valley Health Network; President, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono

Cornelio Catena, FACHE

Cornelio Catena, FACHE, is Senior Vice President, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and President, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, located in East Stroudsburg, Pa. He began serving in this role in 2022. He also is a member of the LVH–Pocono Board of Directors. Mr. Catena joined LVHN after more than 20 years with Community Health Systems (CHS), most recently serving as Market Chief Business Development Officer.

Mr. Catena has a long and diverse history of proven success in health care leadership. He began his career as an administrative resident and worked his way up through the ranks at various hospitals across the country, becoming an Associate Executive Director and eventually Chief Operating Officer. He then took his talents to Italy, where he was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rome American Hospital. He eventually returned to the United States, serving as a hospital CEO for Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and then Health Management Associates Inc., before transitioning to CHS.

Examples of his professional accomplishments are numerous. As CEO for Amsterdam Memorial Health Care System, he led the improvement in patient satisfaction scores from the 13th to 84th percentile in 12 months. At Easton Hospital, he directed the strategic planning of a $45 million facility upgrade, renovation and expansion project, and led the planning for the development of an outpatient health campus. At Wyoming Valley Healthcare System, he oversaw the construction of a new $50 million emergency department and cardiovascular institute as well as a $39 million investment in a new critical care tower.

Mr. Catena received a Master of Science in Hospital and Health Services Administration at The Ohio State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from University of Vermont.