News | Published February 19, 2013

Mount Nittany Health’s first chief operating officer named

Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health, is pleased to name Debra Linnes as chief operating officer for the health system. Linnes will provide operational leadership for Mount Nittany Medical Center and Mount Nittany Physician Group.

“Our mission at Mount Nittany Health is to make people healthier. As simple as it sounds, it’s a responsibility that we take very seriously. To do that, we must put our mission into every day action. With Debbie’s extensive operations background, I believe that she will be a strong asset to the leadership team as we focus on our strategic priorities and our tradition of excellence in care,” said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health.

Linnes joins the health system with an extensive background in healthcare executive leadership serving as chief operating officer and CEO for hospitals and health systems, including Catholic Healthcare West, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Catholic Health Initiatives, and most recently as President and CEO at Southeast Health in Missouri. Linnes brings strong experience in system clinical integration, physician practice governance, regional market expansion, service line development, and excellence in clinical quality and customer service. Linnes has led healthcare organizations to be in the Top 100 category for health systems in the country.

Most recently, at Southeast Health, Linnes developed and implemented a regional development strategy, constructed a comprehensive Cancer Center, implemented a physician alignment strategy and led Southeast to be in the top performing hospitals for quality of care in the country in several clinical categories.

Linnes earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and Master in Health Administration from the University of Southern California. She is a member of several professional organizations and associations including The American College of Healthcare Executives, and has been consistently active in community service.

Linnes and her husband Steve have three children, Dana, 22, Derek, 18, and Drew 13.