Deborah A. Berini has been picked to replace Alan Brechbill as president of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Brechbill, who has been president since 2006, will hand over the reins to Berini on Sept. 17, according to a press released issued Wednesday by the health system.
The outgoing president will transition into a new role as executive vice president for hospital operations for Penn State Health.
In that position, he will oversee clinical operations of the health system, including the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Penn State Health Medical Group, a planned new hospital in Cumberland County and other facilities that may join the growing health network.
Berini, who most recently served as COO at the University of Texas Medical Branch Health System in Galveston, will report to Brechbill.
Her career also includes leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison.
“It is a wonderful time to join Penn State Health as it meets the changing dynamics of the health care marketplace with a strategy that will sustain and strengthen the organization and the communities it has long served,” Berini said in a statement.
Selected through a national search, Berini’s experience with university health systems made her an attractive candidate for Penn State Health. The Derry Twonship-based health system shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine, located on the campus of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
“Finding a high-caliber individual to lead our flagship university hospital has been a critical priority, and we are pleased to welcome Deb to our organization,” Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health and senior vice president for health affairs at Penn State, said in a statement.