Howard J. Peterson, MHA

Howard J. Peterson, MHA

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Founder & Managing Partner

Howard J. Peterson, MHA, is the Founder and Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare (TRG). He is a well-respected industry veteran with nearly four decades of experience developing progressive strategic, financial and operational solutions for a broad range of healthcare clients. Mr. Peterson is a recognized expert and innovator in the areas of market positioning, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategic regional organization (SRO) development, and in dealing with issues unique to academic medicine. His work supports the performance of hospitals, health systems, emerging and established SROs, and academic medical centers in markets nationwide.

Prior to forming TRG, Mr. Peterson had a successful career as a healthcare executive in the field. He served as President of Founders Healthcare, Inc., a for-profit physician organization in Philadelphia (PA). He also served for 15 years as a hospital executive, including seven years as CEO of Penn State University Hospital / Hershey Medical Center and eight years in various executive positions including COO of the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Mr. Peterson has authored numerous articles in major healthcare publications and is a regular contributor to The Field Clinic blog (on to inform debates and policy decisions as the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues. Mr. Peterson has a Master’s degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in business, public health and sociology from the University of Minnesota.