Center for Rural Health Development honors Mark Doak

CHARLESTON – Davis Health System CEO Mark Doak was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Center for Rural Health Development’s (Center) West Virginia Rural Health Leadership Award.

He was chosen in recognition of his leadership and noteworthy accomplishments in improving access to and quality of health care in West Virginia’s rural communities. He was honored on May 2, 2014, at the West Virginia Governance Forum held at Stonewall Resort and Conference Center.

Doak has been with Davis Health System (DHS) since 2001, where he began as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining DHS, he was a partner with the accounting firm of Doak, Cuppet and Poling, where he provided direct accounting and consulting services to rural health care organizations throughout West Virginia, including small and rural hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers. He was a leader in Rural Health Clinic development as well as the transformation of acute care hospitals to Critical Access Hospitals.

“Mark Doak is one of West Virginia’s thought leaders regarding how to strengthen health care infrastructure. It is this leadership and his ability to think strategically that has contributed much to Davis Health Systems’ successes over the years,” said Center for Rural Health Development, Inc. CEO, Sharon Lansdale.

Doak has been committed to making the changes needed to position DHS to deliver care in the reformed health care environment, even if it causes short term impacts on the bottom line. The Center considers this just one of Doak’s many achievements.

“Under his leadership, fundraising and financial goals for Davis House were not only exceeded, but met and exceeded in less time than anticipated – a testament to the community’s support for Davis,” said Lansdale.

As a servant leader, Doak is an active member on several boards, including the West Virginia Hospital Association, local Chamber of Commerce, Randolph County Development Authority and Tucker Community Foundation. He was recognized in 2010 for Who’s Who in West Virginia Business. Nationally, Mark has served as past chair of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Small/Rural Hospitals, as well as a member of the AHA’s Coalition to Protect America’s Healthcare.

The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership on rural health. The Center is unique to West Virginia in that it is the only private organization in the state that works across the continuum of health care providers from community health centers to hospitals to private physicians and dentists, as well as other health care providers.

The Center’s Board of Directors developed the West Virginia Rural Health Leadership Award to recognize an individual who has demonstrated leadership and noteworthy initiative in improving access to and quality of health care in West Virginia’s rural communities. The Center’s Rural Health Leadership Award has been conferred to four individuals over the past 11 years who demonstrate the confidence and courage to make tough decisions, but with compassion for the needs of others. For more information, please visit or call 304-397-4071.