I am Penn State Health: Adrienne Bruner

Penn State Health is made up of a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to compassionate care for our patients and service to our community. Get to know them and hear why they’re proud to work here in this new feature series, “I am Penn State Health.”

Growing up in the Harrisburg area, Adrienne Bruner would often drive by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on Route 322 and feel like something really special must be going on behind the doors of such a large place. Now, she considers herself extremely lucky to be someone who’s contributing to those special things. As an organizational development consultant for the Human Resources Center for Learning and Leadership Development at Penn State Health, she strives to inspire all staff to be as proud a part of the health system as she is.

We are All the Patient Experience

If we have positive employee engagement, it will trickle down all the way to the care that our patients receive, and ultimately that’s our major goal—to create that extraordinary patient experience.

How I Spend My Days

I’m the lead for employee engagement, and I’m responsible for providing performance consulting to the Penn State Health Medical Group academic practice division employees and leaders. I also facilitate the Penn State Health Emerging Leaders program, which helps develop future leaders within the health system.

Best Project So Far

I helped create and launch the RITE Employee Engagement campaign, designed to help employees create engagement opportunities within their respective work areas, including possible recognition as Employee Engagement ambassadors. We have more than 100 ambassadors who championed the overall RITE employee engagement campaign experience within their departments and across the organization in 2018.

A Misconception I’d Like to Dispel

Sometimes human resources gets a bad rap as being the disciplinarians, forcing you to follow different policies, but I like to think of it as we’re here for support, growth and development of employees.

What I Love about Working Here

There’s that teamwork and sense of community that come into play when we all know that no matter what we’re doing in our day-to-day job, we’re making a difference.

Greatest Challenge

We need to maintain that sense of community while continuing to grow and stay competitive in the health care arena.

My Free Time is Spent…

…reading and taking walks with my husband and sometimes alone, when I can think about all the opportunities I’ve been given and how I can contribute more.

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