Stephen P. Zieniewicz, MPH, FACHE

Senior Vice President, Lehigh Valley Health Network; President, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest

Stephen P. Zieniewicz, MPH, FACHE

Stephen Zieniewicz is Senior Vice President of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and President of Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest. He has held these positions since 2022. In this role, Mr. Zieniewicz provides leadership oversight for LVH–Cedar Crest, LVHN’s 875-bed flagship hospital campus, LVH–17th Street, a community neighborhood hospital located in the heart of Allentown’s West End, and LVHN–Tilghman, home to the region’s only dedicated orthopedic campus.

Prior to joining LVHN, Mr. Zieniewicz was President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston, N.J., a 597-bed teaching hospital and the flagship hospital of the RWJBarnabas Health system. Prior to SBMC, he served as the Executive Director (CEO) of University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) in Seattle, Wash., where he focused on safety, quality, physician alignment and evidence-based performance improvement. Prior to his position at UWMC, Mr. Zieniewicz served as Chief Operating Officer at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Miss., a for-profit Academic Medical Center.

Safety is Mr. Zieniewicz’s passion and No. 1 priority. At UWMC, he was instrumental in building and advancing the medical center’s simulation lab, was interviewed and cited in the Healthcare Executive Journal article “Checklists That Work, The Healthcare Leader’s Role in Implementation,” was involved with the ProvenCare checklist-based protocol for non-small cell lung cancer, and supported the launch of the American College of Surgeon’s program Choosing Wisely. 

Mr. Zieniewicz is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) on the ACHE national research review committee and was the ACHE Regent for Washington State. He held several board appointments in the Washington medical community including Chairperson for the American Heart Association Puget Sound Region and board member of  University Health System Consortium and Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum. He served as chairperson of the Greater Puget Sound March of Dimes, March for Babies in 2010.

Mr. Zieniewicz was listed in 100 Leaders of Great Hospitals by Becker's Healthcare in 2013. He participated in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Clinical Learning Environment Review; received the American College of Surgeons Award for Inspiring Quality, and served as a lecturer and mentor with the University of Washington Health Administration Program.

A graduate of St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree, Mr. Zieniewicz received a Master of Public Health at Columbia University School of Public Health. He is married to Linda J. Hipps, MD, a gynecologist.