News | Published March 1, 2016

Brown to Retire as Health System CEO

Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health

Steven E. Brown, FACHE, president and CEO of Mount Nittany Health since 2010, has announced plans to retire effective November 1, 2016.
Commenting on his decision to retire, Brown stated, “This has been a dream job for me. My 40 years in healthcare, and especially the last six years here in State College, have been richly rewarding and deeply fulfilling on both a personal and professional level. Working together, our board, employees, medical staff and volunteers have pursued a unique vision of what community healthcare can be when we focus on the patient, and have created a model organization based on that, as a leading healthcare provider for our region.”
According to System Board Chair James B. Thomas, PhD, Brown will work closely with the Board and assist the health system with the search for his successor in the coming months. Thomas explained that the board of directors has developed a formal succession plan, in which an executive search firm will be hired and will work with a search committee.
“In Steve Brown, we have a great and trusted friend, but also a healthcare leader who has spearheaded Mount Nittany Health through a tremendous period of growth. His leadership has enabled us to accomplish what most hospitals and health systems have only dreamed about. At the same time, we are extremely pleased that Steve has agreed to assist the Board with the national search for the next executive of the health system,” said Thomas.   
A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a graduate of Thiel College and received his Master of Public Administration degree in Health Services Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Mount Nittany Health in 2010, Brown served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Health in Kirkland, Wash.
During his tenure at Mount Nittany Health, the health system has grown from a hospital to a health system serving more than 500,000 people in a six-county region. Brown has been responsible for leading facility growth at the Medical Center – including a new and expanded emergency department, shared services building, cancer pavilion and a new main entrance, as well as significantly improving access to care in communities. The Blue Course Drive practice, Sieg Neuroscience Center, a new Penns Valley medical practice, and offices in Mifflin County, Lock Haven and Clearfield have been added, as well as the Mount Nittany Health Children’s Advocacy Center.
In addition, under Brown’s leadership, the health system has partnered with Penn State Hershey on a joint venture for cancer care and with the Penn State College of Medicine to bring academic medicine to State College, including medical students and family medicine residents to ensure healthcare for the community for years to come. While maintaining strong financial health and philanthropic support, the health system has been recognized and received numerous honors and awards, most significantly for quality, patient satisfaction, employee engagement, and community leadership.
Brown is very active in local business and civic affairs. He currently serves on the board of Centre Crest, on the board of Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, as co-chair of the Centre County United Way campaign and a member and board member of the State College Rotary. His personal honors include most recently being named as the 2015 Renaissance Fund Honoree by The Pennsylvania State University.
Brown and his wife, Mary, are looking forward to spending time with their children and grandchildren, as well as traveling.