How Jerry Helps Clients
Jerry is a highly respected and accomplished attorney and former healthcare executive.
He most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida. During Jerry’s tenure, the hospital was ranked as the number 1 hospital in Palm Beach County, number 3 in south Florida, number 13 in the state of Florida by U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, under Jerry’s leadership, the hospital added several new services and partnered with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University as a primary teaching site for internal medical and general surgery residency programs as the hospital evolved to an academic tertiary regional referral medical center.
Prior to his role at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Jerry served as President and CEO of West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS). Before becoming West Penn’s CEO, he served as General Counsel and led the growth of that health system from one to six hospitals and from $400 million to $1.5 billion revenue. He designed and implemented a plan to form WPAHS through the removal of Allegheny General Hospital, three western Pennsylvania community hospitals, and related physician networks from the Allegheny Health, Education, and Research Foundation (AHERF) bankruptcy, the largest health system failure in U.S. history.
As CEO of WPAHS, Jerry was responsible for an industry-leading financial recovery along with organizational growth and efficiency, that resulted in consistent profitability and saved Allegheny General Hospital, an iconic institution, from failure.
What Clients Can Expect
Having served in both capacities as a general counsel and a chief executive officer for several major health systems in Pennsylvania and Florida, Jerry not only speaks their language, but understands the challenges facing healthcare systems today and that the biggest changes are still to come. Jerry is known for his strong, ethical and transparent leadership, admirable work ethic and teamwork. He is passionate about patient satisfaction and provides guidance to healthcare executives on how best to achieve high levels of success within their own entities.
“Having served as a general counsel and CEO, I appreciate the value of great legal services coupled with a pragmatic approach to effectively and efficiently meet the complex challenges of healthcare.”
Outside the Office
Jerry is married to his wife of 40 years, Terry Fedele, a former nursing executive and hospital COO. They have three children and four grandchildren in New York City, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. In his personal time, Jerry enjoys golf, bicycling around the world and photography.
Recognized by the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business in 2019 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award
Named one of South Florida Business Journal’s Palm Beach Ultimate CEOs in 2011
Recipient of the 2011 Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year Award
Named 2014 Apogee Award winner by South Florida Business & Wealth
Recipient of the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton’s 2018 George Long Award
- OPAL Award Recipient for Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare
- MJ Mike Arts Award for Extraordinary Impact on the Community
- Classic Community Leadership Award, George Snow Scholarship Fund
- South Florida Health Executive Forum Community Service Award
- Physician network formation, development and operation.
- Thoughtful, strategic development to address the dynamic healthcare environment.
- Proactive M&A experience to position health systems for long term success.
- Engagement of executive teams to thrive in the most challenging financial and competitive environments.
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, M.B.E., 1986, Beta Gamma Sigma Academic Honor Society member
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1980, magna cum laude, numerous academic awards, class valedictorian
University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 1975, cum laude , Mathematics major, English and Philosophy minors
- Florida practice is limited to Federal Healthcare laws and regulations
University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business Board of Visitors
PGA Boca Raton Championship, Champions Tour Golf, Board Vice Chair
George Snow Scholarship Fund Board Member and Finance Committee Chair
Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club Finance Committee Member
Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Community College of Allegheny County, Finance Committee Chair & Treasurer
University of Pittsburgh, Grad. School of Public Health National Advisory Committee
Vizient/VHA Southeast Board Member and Finance Committee Member
Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Finance Committee Chair and Board Chair
Former Duquesne University School of Law, Adjunct Professor-Health Law
Current Executive in Residence, faculty member and Academic Program Coordinator for Healthcare Management at the Lynn University College of Business