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Mount Nittany Health names Penn State grad as new CEO

Kathleen L. Rhine

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health has a new CEO.

On Dec. 10, James B. Thomas, chairman of Mount Nittany Health’s board of directors, named Penn State graduate Kathleen L. Rhine as the new president and CEO for the health system, effective Monday, Jan. 30.

‘It’s my honor and privilege to join the team at Mount Nittany Health as president and CEO,’ said Rhine in a press release. ‘Mount Nittany Health has an impressive legacy of growth and commitment to the communities it serves, and I look forward to working with the board, physicians, staff and community to continue to fulfill our mission to make people healthier.’

Mount Nittany communications coordinator Anissa Ilie said Rhine was not available for comment; however, she noted the new CEO will be available to talk with media after she arrives on Jan. 30.

Thomas said Rhine was selected after a nationwide search of top-tier health care executives.

‘Knowing Mount Nittany Health’s status as the region’s most trusted health care leader, the CEO search committee was diligent in finding the candidate with the right experience, leadership style and vision to continue advancing our outstanding health system while maintaining our tradition for excellent, patient-focused care,’ said Thomas.

Rhine joins the health system with an extensive 25-year background in health care leadership, having held executive positions at several hospitals and health systems, including the St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she served as chief operating officer for two of its hospitals. She most recently served as regional president and CEO with Presence Health, based in Chicago, where she held other executive-level positions during her six years working there, including system chief administrative officer, system chief transformation officer and system senior vice president, patient and family-centered care.

A Penn State graduate, Rhine earned her bachelor of science degree in health planning and administration at Penn State. She earned her master of business administration degree from Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

She has held board member appointments with several organizations, including local chapters of the American Red Cross, United Way and other health care-related community groups where she has previously worked.

‘I would like to extend a special message of gratitude to the search committee for their time and commitment during the search process and to those of you who provided input during the search process,’ said Thomas. ‘Also, I want to thank the great number of those in the community and at Mount Nittany Health who helped with the search process through their wonderful insights around who we are and what we need to lead health care in the region. We look forward to welcoming Kathleen to Mount Nittany Health.’

Mount Nittany Health consists of Mount Nittany Medical Center, a 260-bed acute care facility, and Mount Nittany Physician Group, a staff of more than 130 providers who offer primary and specialty care services at a number of offices throughout central Pennsylvania. 


—   Compiled by G. Kerry Webster