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CEO Message: Getting To Know Each Other

Steve Massini, Penn State Health’s new chief executive officer, emailed employees across the health system today:

Dear Colleagues,

Today starts my second week in this new role. It’s hard to put into words how honored and humbled I am to have this opportunity. In the four years I’ve been here, I’ve seen firsthand how passionate this Penn State Health community is about making a difference in the lives of others.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months as I visit locations across our health system and college. For today, I just want to say hello, tell you a little more about me, and hopefully learn a little more about you. I have always believed that taking a few minutes to get to know people helps you to relate with them.

Who am I?

I grew up in the small town of Bridgeton, N.J., near the Delaware Bay. My mom, two of my sisters and their families still live in that area. I have three sisters; I am the baby of our family.

I’ve been married for 32 years to my wife, Shari, and we have three daughters: Ashley, Kelsie and Emily. My family and I LOVE the outdoors – hiking, fishing, hunting, boating and sitting around campfires. If I could have my office outdoors, I would. I also enjoy family vacations at the beach and, in fact, we once owned a shop on the boardwalk at Sea Isle.

I’m a fairly quiet guy, but I hope that others see me as kind, honest and transparent.

And, I’m a fervent Penn State fan. I met my wife the first day of orientation at Penn State and she, one of my daughters and I are alumni. Another daughter is a junior. Our third daughter roots for Penn State, but graduated from Towson University. Yes, she gets a lot of grief from us about not being a true Penn Stater. Penn State football is a huge part of our lives and you can often find us at University Park on beautiful fall weekends tailgating with 100,000 of our closest friends.

Oh, and I can’t forget Bailey, our Irish setter. She, too, is an important part of our lives.

Why am I here?

I chose health care because of a personal experience. I lost my dad to cancer when I was fairly young, and it really changed what’s important to me. I wanted to make a difference, yet I knew I wasn’t meant to be a doctor or a scientist or someone who could directly impact health. I began to focus my accounting career around health care and over time, became more involved with health care organizations.

I can still remember the day I heard that Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was looking for a chief financial officer. I was working at Geisinger in Danville and really liked the people and the work, but I remember thinking, “Where else could I combine my passion for health care and Penn State? Nowhere.” This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Thankfully, my wife and family agreed.

Why are we here?

Many of our conversations the past few months have focused on the changes taking place across Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine. But to answer this question – why are we here? – we need only look to the founding of our academic medical center in 1963: we’re here to improve lives by caring for people, pioneering discoveries and educating the next generation of health care professionals. We might be going about it differently, but the endgame is still the same.

Even better, we have so many new partners now helping us to care for each other and the communities we serve.

As I was preparing for this role, I was asked to participate in an interview and tell my story of how I got here, who I am as a person, what I enjoy about our organization, what I believe to be our biggest challenges and what I hope we can accomplish together. That interview was broken down into a few short videos, and if you want, you can view them here.

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As you will see in the videos, I shared many personal details about my family and myself as I believe it’s important that you know who I am beyond the day-to-day work environment. Since I have shared my story with you, I have a favor to ask of you. If you are willing, I would love to hear some of your stories. Please take a few moments and send me an email and tell me your story: why are you here, what do you enjoy about your job, what are your biggest challenges, and what do you hope we can accomplish together? I’m really interested in the themes that connect us.

You can send the responses to my email at CEO@PennStateHealth.psu.edu.

I look forward to our journey together.

Steve Massini
Chief Executive Officer
Penn State Health

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