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
Interim Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Ron V. Cummins, Jr. has served as Vice President of Hospital Operations of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2013.
In this role, Mr. Cummins provides strategic leadership for a diverse portfolio which includes Surgery, Otolaryngology, Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pharmacy, Food Services, Environmental and Linen Services.
Prior to joining the Medical Center, Mr. Cummins was an executive sales vice president for Cardinal Health (Dublin, OH), with responsibility for business development and delivering cost management strategies designed to improve financial and operational performance at some of the nation’s leading health systems.
Previously, Mr. Cummins held various leadership positions in the private sector with organizations to include Johnson & Johnson and Baxter Healthcare.
Mr. Cummins earned a bachelor's degree in mass media from Hampton University and a master's in business administration from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a member of the Penn State Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Undergraduate Advisory Board.
Michelle Del Pizzo
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.
Judy Himes, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Judy Himes is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
She has served as director of nursing for the Medical Center since 2005. Himes has built a reputation for collaboration among her nursing peers and with physicians and other members of the care team. She is known for her mentorship, coaching and professional development of staff nurses and nurse managers.
Himes has more than two decades of senior nursing leadership experience at hospitals and health systems in the central Pennsylvania region, including the Lebanon VA Medical Center, where she served as associate chief of the nursing service for Acute Care/Specialty Services.
Prior to that role, Himes was vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Pinnacle Health System and served as director of nursing operations at PinnacleHealth.
She obtained her Master of Science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Penn State. Himes is an active member of the Penn State College of Nursing Advisory and Development Board.
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.
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. LaCoe has over 25 years of varied clinical, operational and service line administrative experience. He is also Assistant Professor of Surgery and Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, the Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania and an Adjunct Instructor in Health Policy and Administration, College of Health and Human Development, the Pennsylvania State University World Campus, University Park, Pa.
LaCoe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa., Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from St Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa. and completed his Doctoral work in Business and Health Services at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with a research emphasis on Service Quality.
Additionally, Dr. LaCoe is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE). Serves on several boards including American Heart Association Capital Region, Miller – Keystone Blood Center and Hershey Soccer Club.
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.
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 from Saint Francis University.
Vice President of Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center