Meet Deborah Berini – President of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

What drew me to healthcare initially was my love of science I was kind of a science nerd growing up and in college I did an internship with a physician and I found myself asking a lot of questions about why things didn’t work well for patients, or for the faculty or staff and he actually said one day, “Why don’t you consider being an administrator?” That comment stuck with me and years later I’ve found myself in a career that I love that allows me to serve patients, faculty and staff each and every day. I was drawn to the role at Penn State Health because of the outstanding reputation of the organization, the stability and talent of the leadership team, and the organization’s strategic direction. I’m very proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this great organization. My leadership philosophy focuses on service. When I was growing up as a kid, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother and she instilled in me the value of living a life in service of others. To that end, I spend two hours each week shadowing with frontline staff This allows me to develop connections throughout the organization, relationships and learn what’s working and what’s not. This helps me develop line of sight and insight into the organizational drivers for performance. One thing I would tell you about myself is that I’m a total foodie and I love to cook. I relax and unwind and have fun by preparing meals for family and friends, and I love the adventure of trying new recipes, I’ve cooked everything from Ethiopian to Russian food and I just love the challenge of trying to experiment with new kinds of recipes. One of the things I’d want the staff to know is that I am very focused on patient- and family-centered care and believe that if you build an environment that’s great for patients, it’ll be a great place to work as well. My name is Deborah Berini, and I am your new President of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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