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Penn State Health and College of Medicine showcase achievements of staff, students and faculty

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine have compiled the following list to recognize awards and appointments for faculty, staff and students. This list includes achievements from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2023. Photos may be available upon request.


  • Silberman is associate dean for interdisciplinary research. Yuval Silberman, PhD, associate professor of neural and behavioral sciences, has been selected as the next associate dean for interdisciplinary research at Penn State College of Medicine. Silberman will connect, grow and support interdisciplinary research teams led by College of Medicine investigators and promote innovative research involving collaborators in fundamental, applied and clinical sciences.
  • Haas selected as vice president of Revenue Cycle. Nicholas Haas was named vice president of Penn State Health Revenue Cycle. He has served in this role on an interim basis since March and began his new position on Sept. 11. He is responsible for revenue cycle operations, including patient access, coding and revenue capture, billing, accounts receivable and cash management.
  • McGovern is new supply chain chief. Penn State Health has selected Patrick McGovern as vice president and chief supply chain officer, effective Sept. 18. He provides strategic direction for new and sustainable supply chain efficiencies, optimizing sourcing and driving cost and control initiatives.
  • Bucher inducted as fellow. Donald Bucher, an acute care nurse practitioner at Hershey Medical Center, has been inducted as a 2023 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). He was one of three nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania and 63 in the United States to be inducted into the Fellows program at the AANP’s national conference. Bucher was recognized for his outstanding work in health policy, clinical practice and leadership at the local, state and national levels.


  • Health system is one of the state’s best employers. Forbes named Penn State Health as one of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2023. The health system ranked 24th out of 97 organizations and companies in Pennsylvania. The distinction is based on an independent survey of employees working for organizations that employ more than 500 workers in the United States.
  • Penn State Health a best workplace for disability inclusion. The Disability Equality Index recognized Penn State Health as one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion in the nation. The Disability Equality Index is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, clear actions toward disability inclusion and equality.
  • College of Medicine awarded record research funding. College of Medicine researchers have broken the college’s record for total research funding received in a year. They obtained a total of $159.8 million in total research awards during fiscal year 2023, which will allow faculty to use artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, advanced imaging and other techniques to improve health in rural communities, address health disparities and develop therapeutics and diagnostics for conditions like cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Tinch listed among CFOs to know. Becker’s Hospital Review included Paula Tinch, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Penn State Health, on its list of 84 academic medical center CFOs to know 2023. Tinch is responsible for Penn State Health’s overall financial health.
  • Scartozzi gets community physician award. Christina Scartozzi, a family and community medicine physician at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, was selected for The Pennsylvania Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians’ Community Physician Award. The award recognizes service to patients and communities and a focus on patient-centered care.
  • Health system awarded for heart and vascular care. Penn State Health has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for its quality of care for heart failure, atrial fibrillation and Type 2 diabetes. The Get with the Guidelines awards recognize hospitals’ commitment to providing the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
    • Hershey Medical Center received the Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
    • Hampden Medical Center received the Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award
    • Holy Spirit Medical Center received the AFib Gold Plus Award
    • Joseph Medical Center earned the Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

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