Shelley Riser


EVP & Chief Clinical Officer

Ovation Healthcare

Shelley serves as EVP and Chief Clinical Officer for Ovation Healthcare.  Shelley is a tenured executive having been from the bedside to the board room and has held a number of executive leadership roles.  She has been instrumental in the creation and delivery of new service lines and programs.

Shelley has more than thirty years of experience leading organizations and teams, ensuring system-wide strategic alignment and operational excellence of people, processes and systems and fostering workplaces of accountability, diversity and transparency.

She cultivates a culture of learning and continual professional development that inspires teams to break through barriers to make a difference at every level of care delivery, driving patient experiences and outcomes to unprecedented levels. She empowers the organizations she partners with to improve their patient, provider and staff engagement, while increasing their community impact for long-term growth and success.

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Leadership
  • Hospital and Healthsystem Operations
  • Strategic Program Development
  • Population Health
  • Behavioral Health
  • Care Management
  • Advisory Services
  • Education and Development
  • FQHC
  • Health Systems
  • Rural Healthcare
  • Data and Analytics

Previous Experience

  • CEO and Founder
    The Riser Group
  • Vice President Consulting & Clinical Innovation
  • Director Case Management
    UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle
  • Clinical Liaison Population Health
    XG Health Solutions, Inc.
  • Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO
    Sadler Health Center Corporation
  • Adjunct Nursing Faculty
    Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Chief Operating Officer/CNO/Director
    UPMC Pinnacle/Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute


  • Master of Science in Health Services Administration
    University of St. Francis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    University of Pittsburgh


  • Registered Nurse, Pennsylvania
  • Fellow of the Advisory Board (FABC), The Academy Fellowship Program

Professional Affiliations

  • American Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Harrisburg University of Science & Technology Nursing Program Advisory Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Life Membe


  • Registered Nurse, Pennsylvania
  • Fellow of the Advisory Board (FABC), The Academy Fellowship Program