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Penn Highlands Healthcare COO Appointed to Hospital and Health system of Pennsylvania Board

(January 11, 2024 -- DuBois, Pennsylvania) Mark Norman, Chief Operating Officer of Penn Highlands Healthcare, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hospital and Health system of Pennsylvania (HAP). During his three-year board term, Mark will collaborate with healthcare leaders from across the commonwealth to further the HAP mission and advance initiatives designed to improve healthcare delivery throughout Pennsylvania.  

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that represents 235 hospitals as well as the patients and communities they serve. The organization is the leading voice for the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians. HAP has strong relationships with state and federal officials and a broad spectrum of stakeholders committed to achieving a healthy Pennsylvania.

“I am proud to welcome Mark Norman to HAP’s Board of Directors," said Nicole Stallings, President and CEO of HAP. "Through his extensive experience leading hospital and health system operations, Mark will bring valuable perspectives to HAP’s work empowering hospitals to sustainably serve their communities and addressing the unique challenges faced by rural hospitals."

Steve Fontaine, CEO of Penn Highlands Healthcare, shares Nicole's sentiments.

"Mark will be an asset to the HAP board. He is a trusted professional who brings 28 years of healthcare experience to our state-wide association. HAP members will benefit from his knowledge and leadership skills."

Prior to joining Penn Highlands Healthcare in 2016, Mark served as the CEO of Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest, Miss. and Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton, in Newton, Miss. He began his career at North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo, Miss. as an Operations Improvement Projects Coordinator and later a Strategic Planner. 

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Ala.




Penn Highlands Healthcare was officially formed in 2011, and is comprised of eight hospitals – Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands Connellsville, Penn Highlands DuBois, Penn Highlands Elk, Penn Highlands Huntingdon, Penn Highlands Mon Valley, Penn Highlands Tyrone -- that have served area communities for the past 100+ years. Penn Highlands State College, a new hospital, with a patient-centric design and atmosphere, is slated to open in 2024. The health system’s business continuum also includes a home care agency, long-term care facilities and residential senior living communities, as well as durable medical equipment companies and retail pharmacy


Penn Highlands Healthcare has evolved into an organization with 6,651 workers in 150+ locations throughout 26 counties in Pennsylvania that include community medical buildings, outpatient facilities, surgery centers and physician practices. The facilities have a total of 1,498 inpatient, skilled nursing and personal care beds.  The system, which has 827 physicians and 405 advanced practice providers on staff, offers a wide range of care and treatments with specialty units for cancer, cardiovascular/thoracic, neurosurgery, pulmonology, neonatal and high-risk pregnancy patients. Being focused on what is important – patients and families – makes Penn Highlands Healthcare the best choice in the region.


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