Katie Galbraith, MBA, brings a successful track record of advancing health equity, access and growth —areas strategically important to Main Line Health
RADNOR, PA – Main Line Health has named Katie Galbraith, MBA, FACHE, who built a track record of success and innovation with the Duke University Health System, as the new president of Lankenau Medical Center. She will succeed Phillip D. Robinson, FACHE, who has delivered transformational leadership to Lankenau for the last 12 years and announced earlier this year he was retiring, in September.
Lankenau is an award-winning 389-bed acute-care, Level II Trauma Center and teaching hospital in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. It is part of Main Line Health, a system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs.
Galbraith joins Lankenau from Duke Regional Hospital, in Durham, North Carolina where she has served as president since 2014. She brings a wealth of progressive experience in hospital operations, strategy, marketing, and corporate communications, with over 25 years serving in world-class academic health systems. She joined Duke as public relations manager for Duke Children’s Hospital in 1996 and moved to Duke Regional in 2001 as director of marketing and corporate communications. Other roles have included chief marketing and business development officer, chief hospital operations and business development officer, and vice president/COO.
“We are thrilled Katie Galbraith is joining Main Line Health as the next president of Lankenau Medical Center and a member of the Senior Leadership Team,” said Jack Lynch, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Main Line Health. “Katie’s acumen and accomplishments in safety, quality, equity and performance metrics in care delivery and patient access will be assets that will help our System continue along its outstanding trajectory. Lankenau Medical Center has consistently been named one of the best hospitals in the region and draws patients from around the nation for its top-rated programs including the Lankenau heart Institute, and colon cancer surgery. It is home to internationally respected academic programs, medical staff, clinical research and education. Our outgoing president, Phillip Robinson has been a kind, compassionate and innovative change-maker for Lankenau and Main Line Health. We will miss him tremendously, always consider him part of the Main Line Health family and appreciate his support in this transition.”
Galbraith was instrumental in helping Duke Regional achieve US News & World Report’s ranking in the top 12 of more than 100 hospitals in North Carolina. Other achievements include the following:
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services five-star hospital in 2019 and 2020; four-star hospital in 2021
- Health system Magnet designation in 2014, 2018; hospital Magnet designation from 2008
- Vizient 2021 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for Complex Care Medical Centers
- North Carolina Award for Excellence in recognition of the hospital’s commitment to continuous improvement and learning as part of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
- Recognition as a leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by The Human Rights Council since 2013
- Earned #2 nationwide in 2022 Lown Institute Hospitals Index
Galbraith has been committed to safety, quality, equity and social justice throughout her career. In addition to serving as president, she served for 18 months as interim head of community health for Duke University Health System. She served as a trusted adviser and community partner, strengthening relationships and building collaboration with local government, community leaders and faith-based organizations.
“Katie’s work in community outreach will be of tremendous value to our ongoing mission and goals of partnering with our colleagues and neighbors near and far,” said Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, FAAN, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Main Line Health. “Healthcare has never been more dynamic, its current challenges never greater, and serving the full needs of patients and families never more important. We welcome Katie to the Main Line Health family and appreciate her depth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the work ahead.”
Galbraith brings experience in growing and expanding programs, services and facilities. She oversaw the largest construction project in the history of the hospital, a $102.4 million Behavioral Health Center and Emergency Department expansion. “I am delighted to be joining the Lankenau and Main Line Health team. This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of an organization with a strong commitment to excellence, to people and to community, and I look forward to serving,” said Galbraith.
Galbraith received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and MBA from Elon University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Galbraith starts in September.