Two new members have been elected to the board of directors of the Blue Mountain Health System. The Blue Mountain Health System board elected the two following recommendations from its members.

Mark A. Sverchek, MBA and William M. Markson, M.D. have been elected to serve a three-year term.

Sverchek is the owner of the Mark Sverchek Insurance Agency in Summit Hill, a full-service, multi-line agency providing all types of insurance to individuals and businesses throughout Pennsylvania. Prior to owning his own business, Sverchek spent 15 years in the banking industry serving as vice president, branch manager for Keystone Financial in Lehighton. He also served for seven years in the Carbon County Treasurer's office in various positions including Acting County Treasurer. Sverchek is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Management and also received a Master's degree in Business Administration from DeSales University, Center Valley. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the National Association of Realtors.

He is involved in various civic and community activities including president of Lansford Alive!, member of the Summit Hill Lions Club, volunteer with the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade Committee, member of the Summit Hill Historical Society, Tamaqua Elks, Carbon Lodge #242 F&AM, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce Board member, a former director & officer of the United Way of Carbon Co., and treasurer of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation. He and his wife, Anne have 3 children and reside in Lehighton.

William M. Markson, M.D., F.A.C.C., partner of Cardiology Associates & Diagnostic Center, LLC, located in Lehighton, is a member of the hospitals of the Blue Mountain Health System medical staff.

Dr. Markson received his Bachelor of Arts degree for the University of Michigan in 1981 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1984. He completed his residency at Montifiore Hospital Medical Center followed by an internship in Internal Medicine and completed a fellowship in Cardiology at North Shore University Hospital, Cornell University Medical College in Manhasset, New York.

He is an active medical staff member of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown and St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem and currently serves as clinical associate professor, preceptor for the Physician Assistant Program at DeSales University and clinical assistant professor of medicine of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Markson received the American Heart Association Excellence Award in Acute Cardiovascular Care in 1998. He is a member of the board of directors for the Jewish Community Center in Allentown and serves as the middle school squash coach at the West End Racquet Club in Allentown.

The Blue Mountain Health System depends on the counsel of its board of directors for guidance in setting the long-term strategic direction of the health system.