Penn Highlands Healthcare retained Tripp Umbach in 2013 to facilitate a strategic planning process for the health system to help implement its mission of improving the health and overall well-being of those in our Pennsylvania communities.  

The health system was formed in 2011, with the linkage of Brookville Hospital, Clearfield Hospital, and DuBois Regional Medical Center (DRMC).  In May of 2013, Elk Regional Health Center joined Penn Highlands Healthcare, bringing the total hospitals to four. All four hospitals had also retained Tripp Umbach to complete a community health needs assessment during the previous years and these findings were also integrated into the strategic planning initiatives.  

Penn Highlands Healthcare formed a strategic planning & quality oversight committee to guide the process and provide input related to key initiatives. With the expertise of Tripp Umbach, the Penn Highlands planning committee established an inaugural strategic plan to achieve three high-level goals. Since this plan was presented at a “system level” only, additional planning and implementation activities were needed at the individual hospital and departmental levels.  The goal of this process was to move simultaneously in a planning and implementation mode over a short period of time – assuring that the new health system is able to capitalize on its many opportunities.