Deborah Berini is president of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she leads the Medical Center on its mission of delivering leading-edge care locally and setting the standard for operational excellence across the system.
Prior to joining the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2018, Berini was chief operating officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health System, where she provided leadership and strategic direction for the school’s academic health system. During her tenure, the health system rose in rank from No. 76 to No. 9 nationally in Vizient, an organization that analyzes quality and safety data for university health systems.
Berini led the operational transformation and growth of UTMB Health System from a single campus academic medical center to a regional health system. She championed patient- and family-centered care by engaging patients in the design of new facilities, operational processes and the education of future providers in partnership with the Department of Medicine.
Previously, Berini held a variety of leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
She earned her master’s in health administration from Washington University School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drury College.
Taffy Anderson, MD
Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. Taffy Anderson is vice president and chief quality officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
In this role, Anderson leads the development of a comprehensive quality strategy for Hershey Medical Center. She oversees the alignment of quality measurement processes and performance improvement and partners with the medical center’s Patient Safety, Quality Systems Improvement and Patient Experience departments to advance the core mission of providing patient-centered, high-value care. In addition, she is a resource to the Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors and serves as the medical center’s patient safety officer.
Prior to being named to the permanent role, Anderson served as the interim chief quality officer. During that time, she made improvements in the medical center’s quality efforts, reduced safety events and worked with department leaders to improve patient outcomes. She first joined the medical center in 2017 as physician advisor for quality systems improvement and the Clinical Documentation Improvement Program.
A board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Anderson is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her post-graduate training included both an internship and residency program at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists and National Association of Physician Advisors.
Michelle Del Pizzo, MBA
Vice President of Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Michelle Del Pizzo has worked at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for seven years as the Vice President, Operations working with six clinical departments including Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Radiology, and Medicine. Michelle has responsibility for non-clinical services including the Department of Security and the Emergency Preparedness Program.
Michelle came to Hershey Medical Center in 2011 from Northwell Health where she served in numerous administrative capacities over fourteen years. Michelle’s last position there was the Assistant Vice President of the Emergency Medicine Service Line where she was the administrative leader responsible for the health system’s Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers.
Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. John’s University and holds a MBA in Health Care Administration from the Baruch College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Maher Hanna, MBA
Vice President of Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
As vice president of operations for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Maher Hanna is responsible for the operations of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, Organ Transplantation, the Clinical Simulation Center and the Department of Pathology. In addition to serving as administrative and business officer to a core group of clinical departments, he strategically partners with nursing leadership and other stakeholders to enhance and support existing clinical programming.
Prior to joining the health system, Hanna served as regional vice president of professional services at the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, N.Y., and the Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone, N.Y. In this role, he provided leadership for the cardiovascular and oncology service lines, diagnostic imaging services, vascular interventional radiology services, wound management and hyperbaric oxygen services, pharmacy services, clinical and anatomic pathology laboratories and the Adirondack Regional Blood Center.
Earlier in his career, Hanna held multiple leadership positions with Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Hanna earned an MBA from Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., a bachelor’s degree in cytotechnology from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C., and a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine from Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.
Hanna is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Sarah Iriana, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. Sarah Iriana is the chief medical officer of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Iriana previously served as the interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Penn State Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Clinical Information Technology and Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine. In addition, she participated in the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs’ New Chairs Mentorship Program.
Iriana joined the faculty at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as a clinician-educator in 1996. She is a general pediatrician practicing well-child care and preventive medicine. She served as practice site medical director of general pediatrics at 35 Hope Drive in Hershey, associate division chief of general pediatrics at Penn State Health Medical Group Academic Practice Division and associate chief medical officer at Hershey Medical Center. She also served on the Penn State Children’s Hospital expansion team.
Iriana has received numerous recognitions and awards for patient satisfaction. As an educator, she has mentored many medical students, residents and junior faculty. She also developed several research abstracts on pediatric issues for conferences and medical journals and has written articles that have appeared in several publications.
A graduate of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Iriana completed her pediatric residency at Hershey Medical Center.
Sherri Luchs, MHA
Interim Vice President of Operational Excellence, Penn State Health
As interim vice president of operational excellence, Sherri Luchs continues the work to establish operational excellence, a daily operating system and readiness at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The foundational principles and methods include Lean Six Sigma, leader standard work, change management, situational awareness and an engaged, problem-solving workforce. Luchs joined the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 1991. She is also a registered nurse and member of the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing.
A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, she mentors senior leaders and middle managers in Lean Six Sigma methodologies and principles of operational excellence. She also develops and teaches second- and fourth-year medical students for the Health System Sciences course at Penn State College of Medicine.
Luchs began her career her as a pediatric nurse and has held various staff nurse and manager positions. She became the director of pediatric ambulatory care for Hershey Medical Center’s University Physicians Group (now Penn State Health Medical Group) and served on the steering committee for the design and construction of Penn State Cancer Institute and Penn State Children’s Hospital.
Luchs earned a Master of Health Administration from Penn State Harrisburg, while also serving as administrator and chief administrative officer at the University Physicians Group. She has a bachelor’s in nursing from Immaculata University and an associate degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jane Mannon, MHRM
Vice President of Human Resources Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Jane Mannon is the vice president of human resources for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Millersville University and achieved a master’s degree in human resources management from Saint Francis University.
Mona Miliner, MHA
Vice President of Hospital Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Mona Miliner has served as vice president of hospital operations at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since early 2020. In this role, she provides strategic leadership for Penn State Cancer Institute, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Radiation Oncology, Hematology and Oncology, Radiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Patient Experience.
Miliner had more than 25 years of industry experience prior to joining Penn State Health. Most recently, she was chief of operations and finance at University of Cincinnati Physicians Company and executive director of business and administration at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. She also served as business director for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and development manager for Dayton Children’s Hospital.
A graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Miliner holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in health care administration and management. She is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Miliner serves on the board of directors for the ACHE of Central PA and on the national ACMPE Certification Commission. In 2020, Ohio University presented her with its Medal of Merit for achieving distinction in her chosen field.
Julie Nickell, MBA
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health Medical Group, Academic Practice Division
Julie Nickell is vice president and chief financial officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health Medical Group, Academic Practice Division. She is responsible for business planning and execution, financial reporting and analysis, and operating and capital budgeting. She is also involved in accounting, revenue management, physician compensation plans, and Penn State Health strategy.
Previously, Nickell was the chief financial officer for Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, where she led a team of more than 150 employees at the research health sciences university. She joined the organization in 2011 and served as assistant vice president and vice president of finance and planning before taking on the role of lead financial executive in 2015. Nickell was instrumental in improving the college’s financial infrastructure by finding and organizing resources, building systems and developing effective metrics, performance dashboards and accountabilities.
Nickell’s early career included nearly eight years in public accounting and eight years in real estate investment, compliance, operations and finance.
Both a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner, Nickell is pursuing a doctorate in health care management and policy from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas. She holds an MBA from Rice University, Houston, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana Monroe, Monroe, La.
Michele Szkolnicki, MEd
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
As senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Michele Szkolnicki provides leadership on key nursing initiatives, aligns nursing strategy to support hospital goals and is responsible for overall patient care.
Szkolnicki has more than 25 years of executive experience in a variety of adult and pediatric medical practice environments. Most recently, she served as the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s vice president of nursing, acute and ambulatory care. While in that role, she implemented a care continuity plan to manage patient transitions between the hospital and clinics and helped plan the implementation of mobile teleobservation units throughout the medical center and health system.
Prior to joining Hershey Medical Center, Szkolnicki was the chief operating officer of Crozer Keystone Health Access Network, Springfield, Pa. She also held numerous health care and nursing leadership roles in the Philadelphia region, including chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, chief operating officer for Drexel University Physicians and several management and nursing leadership roles with the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2017 Neumann University Nursing and Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award and the Nurse Administrator of the Year Award, presented by the Philadelphia Business Journal during its 2011 inaugural Healthcare Innovation Awards.
Szkolnicki holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Neumann University, Aston, Pa., and a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. She is board-certified as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive through the Medical Group Management Association.