Leading Health Law Attorney in Region Joins LVHN as Chief Legal Officer
Matthew R. Sorrentino, Esquire, has been appointed Chief Legal Officer at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), effective April 30.
Sorrentino, chairman and managing partner of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA (NMM) in Allentown, serves as lead counsel in real estate and commercial acquisition transactions involving institutional health care providers at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.
Sorrentino has extensive experience in the health care field having led the development and implementation of the Lehigh Valley’s major health care joint ventures. He advised Muhlenberg Hospital Center during its merger with LVHN in the late 90s, and then became a highly-trusted advisor to LVHN. Highlights of his work for LVHN include creation of imaging partnerships, development of Health Network Laboratories, Inc., and guiding the mergers of LVH-Hazleton, LVH-Pocono and LVH-Schuylkill. His general counsel work also includes Anchor Health Properties, LLC, a national developer of innovative facilities dedicated to health and wellness.
“After a thirty year relationship with Lehigh Valley Health Network and many of its leaders, I am honored to become part of a team that I know, respect and like,” Sorrentino said. “I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. While I am excited to be joining an organization that makes a huge impact on the Lehigh Valley community every day, I am sad to leave Norris McLaughlin which is like a second family to me. The relationships that I have built at the firm will endure for years to come.”
In his new role, Sorrentino will provide strong counsel for leadership at LVHN. In addition, he will serve an important advisory role as the health network continues to grow and navigate the many changes in healthcare and complex regulations governing the delivery of healthcare services both locally and throughout the industry.
“Matt has a strong history of working through challenges and new initiatives that frame the way for better health care for the community,’ said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “His counsel and understanding of the local and national health care climate has been invaluable to us over many years. I can think of no one better to provide advice and knowledge to help us prepare for the way health care will be delivered in the future.”
Sorrentino was a political science major at Muhlenberg College and served in the Army Reserves after graduation. He later was as a parole officer prior to attending law school at Villanova University. He served as a public defender doing both criminal and civil litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice. He helped found Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in 1989 when it was known as Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino.
“We are proud that LVHN, one of the firm’s longstanding clients, has asked Matt to join them,” said Richard Levy, Chief Operating Officer of Norris, McLaughlin& Marcus. “LVHN will be gaining Matt’s skills as an excellent attorney, practical businessman and community leader. We thank Matt for his years of leadership, for passing these skills on to our other attorneys and for navigating NMM to become the success it is today. Lastly, we wish Matt good luck in this new chapter of his life and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
In addition to providing legal expertise to LVHN, Matt and his wife, Ronnie, are active supporters of LVHN. They currently serve as Co-Chairs of the President’s Society of LVHN and have participated in numerous philanthropic campaigns. They have two grown children, Justin, who lives in New Jersey and Lauren, who is also an attorney at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.