News | Published March 8, 2013

Mount Nittany Health’s chief strategy officer named

Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health, is pleased to name Tom Charles, MHA, MBA, as senior vice president, system development and chief strategy officer for the health system. Charles will provide strategic leadership and planning to support the mission and vision of Mount Nittany Health.

“Our vision at Mount Nittany Health is to become the most trusted healthcare resource in the region. To do that, we must earn trust from the people we serve by providing quality and value. Tom’s talents and experience will serve the health system well, and he will be a welcome addition to the leadership team as we continue to focus on delivering excellence to the communities that we serve,” said Brown.

Charles joins the health system with extensive experience in healthcare planning and business development. Since 1997, Charles held a number of leadership positions in operations, business development and most recently, in strategic planning for Geisinger Health System. As vice president of strategic planning for Geisinger, Charles supported system-wide strategic development and implementation across the system’s 31-county service area, including clinical program development and expansion of community-based services. Prior to his positions with Geisinger, Charles held executive operations and planning positions at Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Charles earned a Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and Bachelor of Arts degree from Goshen College in Goshen, In. He has been active in several community and professional organizations, most recently serving on the board of the State College Food Bank. Charles has published several articles on business development, group practice and strategic planning, and he serves as adjunct faculty for The Pennsylvania State University’s Health Administration Program.

He and his wife, Dr. Kristine Charles, are long time residents of State College and have two sons.