Penn Highlands Clearfield hospital has a new leader.
Rhonda Halstead began her tenure as the President of Penn Highlands Clearfield on Friday. In this role, she will be responsible for the overall operations and growth of the hospital.
Halstead comes to Clearfield from Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, where she was the Chief Operations Officer. Halstead also spent time as the Vice President, Assistant Administrator and Administrative Director at Rideout Regional Medical Center in Marysville, California.
Halstead has held prominent leadership roles in her career at HCA Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Florida; Therapeutic Health Center in Destin, Florida; and Vencore Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
Halstead received an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Care from Gulf Coast Community College, a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences from Florida State University, and a Master’s in Management, Health Administration from Troy University. She also received a Major Field Test Master’s in Business Administration from Princeton University.
Halstead noted her excitement for this “great opportunity” in her life and career. She brings with her to central Pennsylvania a passion for the rural hospital market.
“(In a rural market), we truly see the difference we make,” Halstead remarked. “If you can walk out the door and hear how great the hospital is doing, what more do you need.”
Halstead believes it is important to listen to the community’s needs and find ways to meet those needs. This is a primary reason Halstead and her husband, Wayne, are searching for a home as close to the hospital as possible.
“The more we get in the community the better,” Halstead added. “How do you know the community needs if you’re not in it?”
Halstead noted how she was able to implement creative strategies through her former role in a Texas border town. She believes a change of culture in the hospital and the community starts from within by closing the gap between the administration and the employees.
“We’re finding we don’t like the separation between the administration and the staff. If we can create a bond, we can really build a team,” she noted. “(The two) have to be on the same page and patients have to be the number one priority.”
Halstead said practical ways to close the gap and create a team at the hospital include knowing the strategic goals, having the same mindset and heartbeat, and doing what is best for the community. She noted how belief in each other and simply being kind go a long way.
Halstead and her husband are excited to make their home in Clearfield and become integrated within the community. They both enjoy the outdoors, fishing, hunting and golfing, so they feel Clearfield is a perfect place to call home.
“To be honest with you, I think this is where God wanted us,” Halstead added. “It’s definitely a big change, but (Penn Highlands) has been so supportive, making this transition easy.”