Published: April 8, 2011

DANVILLE, Pa. – Steve Christensen was recently appointed interim chief executive officer of Careworks Convenient Healthcare, a clinic management company focused on integrating convenient care clinics with local health systems. Christensen replaces Dean Lin, who joined Meridian Health System in March as president of Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J.

Over the last four years, Christensen has served as a director for Geisinger Ventures, leading business development initiatives involving health information technology and healthcare services. Careworks is a part of Ventures, the corporate, for-profit arm of Geisinger Health System dedicated to forming strategic partnerships with innovative companies. As a Ventures director, Christensen has worked with Careworks and helped build the consulting and management services business.

“Careworks is a forward-thinking, innovative healthcare company, and we are confident those qualities will continue to define Careworks under Steve’s leadership,” said Denise Prince, founder and managing partner of Geisinger Ventures. “We have the people and systems in place to provide convenient, affordable healthcare as well as to replicate our model with other health systems and partners.”

Christensen came to Geisinger after founding and serving as managing director of Nittany Lion Venture Capital, an early stage venture fund. He also has experience as a technology analyst, business consultant, U.S. Senate aide and government lobbyist. He received an M.B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business.

In addition to Christensen’s appointment as CEO, Lissa Bryan-Smith, chief administrative officer of Geisinger Northeast, will join Careworks’ leadership team to guide client ambulatory strategy efforts. Also, Patricia Brent, managing director of Careworks, has been promoted to senior managing director, where she will be responsible for overseeing current clinic operations as well as launching new clinics.