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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Christine Gildea

Director of Marketing and Community Relations

J.C. Blair Health System

Christine Gildea has been the director of marketing and community relations at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital for nearly 20 years, directing overall marketing and media relations, community health initiatives, physician recruitment and the volunteer program.

Since 1997, Gildea has helped to facilitate partnerships and other types of collaborations that have enabled J.C. Blair to strengthen its relationship with the community, which she believes is currently on the right path for growth.

“I’ve always said Huntingdon is in the middle of everywhere AND nowhere and, for that, has the best of both worlds! We are within 2-3 hours of several major metropolitan areas and all that they offer, while we enjoy the quality of life a rural community has to offer – beautiful landscapes, little traffic, low cost, low crime, great schools, a small college, amazing outdoor recreation and very interesting people,” she said.

Gildea earned her bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration at Penn State and master’s degree in public relations at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.

She is currently the facilitator for Huntingdon County’s Health Communities PartnerSHIP and serves on the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau Board as Secretary and Marketing Committee member, as well as the Huntingdon County Comprehensive Plan steering committee, PEP (Partners in Economic Progress) marketing committee, the Huntingdon Rotary Club & Program committee, the Huntingdon Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee, the United Way Affiliated Agency Committee and the Hospital & Healthcare Association of PA South Central Community Health Needs Assessment Work Group.

Married with four children in Alexandria, Christine enjoys running, knitting and home restoration projects.

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