Dotson Appointed President of Penn Highlands Physician Network

February 13, 2017

Jason W. Dotson, MS, MBA, CMPE

Penn Highlands Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason W. Dotson, MS, MBA, CMPE, as President of the Penn Highlands Physician Network.

In this position, Dotson manages the day-to-day operations of the Penn Highlands Physicians Network, which is made up of 86 physician clinics, including seven urgent care centers and four rural health clinics. More than 100 physicians and 93 advanced practice providers are employed at these clinics as well as 361 support staff. 

Further, Dotson is responsible for ensuring quality patient care, physician relations and strategic planning for the network, among other duties. 

“Jason’s wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, especially in physician recruitment and administrative management, make him an outstanding choice to lead our physician network,” said Steven M. Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer of Penn Highlands Healthcare. “He plays a crucial leadership role in preserving high-quality healthcare and physician services in the communities we serve. We are fortunate to have someone of Jason’s caliber join our team.”

Dotson comes to Penn Highlands Healthcare with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration, a Master’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

He began his career in healthcare in 1995 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in East Central Illinois as a Community Health Education Specialist. Two years later, he was promoted to a Clinic Director for Sarah Bush Lincoln.
Most recently, Dotson served as Vice President of Beloit Health System in Beloit, Wisconsin, where he was responsible for the oversight of all physician and advanced provider recruitment, credentialing, physician contract negotiations and lease management.
He also supervised, managed and provided strategic direction for all physician clinics located in 10 locations across the health system’s service area in Illinois and Wisconsin. During his time with Beloit, he successfully recruited 20 physicians and 12 advanced practice providers in 16 specialties, including cardiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery, family medicine, pain management, infectious disease and general surgery. 
Dotson also served as Vice President of Clinic Operations for St. Margaret’s Health in Spring Valley, Illinois, and Director of Clinic Operations for Mercycare Community Physicians in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“I am humbled and honored to serve in this capacity for our prestigious organization. I look forward to meeting and working with all physicians and advanced providers in our network to enhance the delivery of care we provide to our patients on a daily basis,” he said, adding, “I grew up in a rural area in East Central Illinois, Sullivan, Illinois, so this feels like home to me.”
Dotson has a 17-year-old son, Nicholas. In his spare time, Dotson enjoys swimming, biking, running, lifting weights, and, on occasion, competing in triathlons. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and singing tenor in a church choir.