Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s vice president of nursing, acute and ambulatory care will be taking on a new role as the Hershey-based hospital’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer.
Michele Szkolnicki has held her current role at the hospital for a year and will be switching gears to take over for senior vice president and chief nursing officer Judy Himes, who retires in September.
Prior to joining Penn State Health, Szkolnicki was COO of Crozer Keystone Health Access Network in Delaware County She has also held numerous health care and nursing leadership roles, including chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and chief operating officer for Drexel University Physicians.
“Michele cares deeply about nursing and searching for new and innovative ways to support nurses as they care for our patients,” said Deborah Berini, president of Hershey Medical Center. “I am looking forward to working with her to continue developing our nursing workforce and improving the work environment.”
Szkolnicki holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Neumann University and a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University. She is board-certified as a fellow in the American College of HealthCare Executives and is a certified medical practice executive with the Medical Group Management Association.