HealthSouth Nittany Valley's CEO Named to Board of Newly Formed State Association


Susan HartmanPleasant Gap, Pa. – Susan Hartman, CEO, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, has been named to serve on the board of directors of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA), a new association that will be among the largest state health and human services trade groups in the nation.

“This really is a landmark moment for the provider community,” said RCPA President and CEO Richard Edley, Ph.D. “We’re really fortunate to have someone with Susan Hartman’s skills and experience to help guide us as we head into this new era of service and advocacy.”

Hartman joined HealthSouth in 1994 and has worked in rehabilitation since 1990. Prior to her current position as Nittany Valley’s CEO, she held regional responsibilities for HealthSouth in the area of business development.  Hartman is also the chair of the Medical Division Committee for RCPA, and a member of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.  Hartman also serves on the board of directors of Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

RCPA was created by a merger between the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF) and the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association (PCPA). Members of the two organizations met separately and voted unanimously to approve the merger, which takes effect July 1. The two associations, which share a long history of cooperation and partnerships, began exploring the merger in 2009.

As a single entity, RCPA will continue the associations’ joint missions to enhance advocacy, education, project support, public information and policy development for the benefit of individuals with mental health and intellectual disabilities, addictive diseases and rehabilitation needs, and expand networking and training for association members.

Founded in 1972, PCPA is a statewide association that promotes a community-based, responsive and viable system of agencies providing quality services for individuals receiving mental health, intellectual disability, addictive disease and other related human services. PCPA represents more than 225 community-based agencies that provide mental health, intellectual and developmental disability, and substance use disorder services for children and adults. Members operate in all 67 counties and serve more than 1 million Pennsylvanians per year.

Since 1969, PARF has been actively working to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities. With more than 90 members in Pennsylvania, PARF’s facilities serve individuals with physical, mental, social and/or emotional disabilities. PARF members offer services and programs that include medical, psychological, social, residential, educational, vocational, and employment rehabilitation.

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About HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital is a 73-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Centre region and five surrounding counties, the hospital is located at 550 West College Ave., Pleasant Gap, and on the Web at Outpatient clinics are located in Pleasant Gap, Mifflintown and Lewistown. 

About HealthSouth Corporation

HealthSouth Corporation is the nation’s largest provider of inpatient rehabilitative healthcare services. Operating in 26 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics and home health agencies. HealthSouth’s hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injury, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at


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