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Penn State Health names new CEO

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Steve Massini is slated to take the role of CEO of Penn State Health this summer.
Steve Massini is slated to take the role of CEO of Penn State Health this summer. - (Photo / )

Penn State Health has named a CEO to take the helm once CEO Craig Hillemeier steps down this summer.

Steve Massini, the health system’s vice president and chief administrative officer for the past two years, is slated to take the top job.

“The board of directors has tremendous confidence in Steve’s ability to establish a bold vision for the future of Penn State Health, and to deliver on our promise to expand access to clinical services and enhance the quality and value of the care we provide,” said Kathleen Casey, chair of Penn State Health’s board.

Massini will not be taking the role of dean of Penn State College of Medicine.

The health system and the medical school will have separate leaders after the retirement of Hillemeier, who was both CEO of the health system and dean of the medical school. But the college will not be far from Massini’s mind.

“Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine have a shared destiny,” Massini said. “The success of one enterprise is intrinsically linked to the success of the other. I look forward to working closely with the new dean to advance our shared missions of teaching, research, service and the provision of excellent patient care.”

Massini first joined Penn State Health in 2015 as CFO for the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Massini has also worked as chief administrative officer and CFO for Danville, Montour County-based Geisinger Clinic.

Penn State Health’s newest CEO has been a transformative leader for the system, according to Casey, who said that Massini was crucial in the development of Penn State Health’s partnership with Highmark.

Penn State Health serves 29 counties in Pennsylvania with over 14,000 employees. The system includes the Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children’s Hospital, Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center and over 119 medical office locations.

As CEO, Massini plans to continue Hillemeier’s work by continuing the system’s growth into more counties, such as the system’s 108-bed Hampden Medical Center in Hampden Township, which is expected to break ground this week.

“I want to reinforce our commitment to provide care of the highest quality and value, bring care closer to home for those we serve, build relationships with our community, and support our vital mission to advance medicine through research and educate the next generation of care providers,” Massini said.

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Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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