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Hershey Medical Center selects senior vice president and chief operating officer

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has appointed Jody Reyes as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Reyes is currently the interim chief operating officer for the University of Virginia Medical Center (UVA), a 689-bed academic medical center, which includes a Level 1 trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia. She will join the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on Monday, Dec. 27.

Reyes is a health care executive with operational experience spanning more than 20 years. Her career includes positions at academic medical centers, National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers and the United States Navy.

Reyes’ areas of expertise include academic medical center clinical and strategic operations, service line management and operations, quality and safety improvement, patient access, staff experience, population health and clinical nurse education. She is an oncology certified nurse and a clinical instructor for the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

“Jody’s expertise as a leader within a complex health care system will be a great asset as we advance our five-year strategic plan and continue to expand access to the Hershey Medical Center’s highly specialized services,” said Deborah Berini, Hershey Medical Center president. “She has developed a reputation for assembling and motivating teams to produce extraordinary, sustained clinical outcomes and influenced a strong patient safety culture. Our priorities are well aligned, and Jody will play a key role in helping us provide the best possible health care to the region and beyond.”

Jody was named to her current position with UVA Medical Center after serving as administrator of their oncology service line and palliative care programs and chief of service lines. Prior to joining UVA Medical Center in 2012, Reyes was a member of the executive nursing team at the City of Hope National Medical Center and University of California, San Diego Health.

Reyes earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in business administration and management from Boston University and a Wharton Nursing Leaders Certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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