PA Hospitals Showcase Life-Changing, Innovative Health Initiatives - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on May 14, 2015

PA Hospitals Showcase Life-Changing, Innovative Health Initiatives

Hospitals across the state present community programs to House Majority Policy Committee

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Grant Gegwich
(610) 447-6316

As part of National Hospital Week (May 10–16), the House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), today hosted an informational briefing in Harrisburg about Pennsylvania hospitals’ initiatives to improve the health of their communities.

Passionate employees from seven Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems described their community programs and services to the committee. They shared information about their programs’ targeted audience(s), improved health outcomes, and partnerships for successful program implementation. Presenters also added anecdotes about the life-changing, long-term effects that these programs have had on individuals.

“Unfortunately, social determinants of health, such as socio-economic factors, family and home environment, and lack of access to appropriate care at the right time and right place can hold people back—forcing them to be prisoners of poor health,” said The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter. “Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems know these factors can be detrimental to quality of life, so they are working collaboratively with community organizations to address these issues and actively create change for better health outside of the hospital walls.”

Carter also stated, “HAP and the hospital community greatly appreciate the House Majority Policy Committee members taking time out of their hectic schedules to learn about these innovative health programs and enthusiastically engage with our members about these important efforts.”

Panelists and health initiative topics included:

Melissa Maier, Program Coordinator, Crozer-Keystone Health System

Kristina Taylor-Porter, Executive Director, Mount Nittany Health

  • Children's Advocacy Center of Centre County

Dorothy Sweet, Director, Clinical Practices, Schuylkill Health

  • Pre-Diabetes Education
  • Veterans Health Clinics

Chris Echterling, MD, Medical Director for Vulnerable Populations, WellSpan Medical Group

  • Bridges to Health

Barbara Terry, on behalf of PinnacleHealth

  • Faith Community Health Connection
  • Eat Smart, Play Smart

Anthony Reed, Director of Operations, Keystone ACO, Geisinger Health System

  • ProvenWellness Neighborhood

James Plumb MD, MPH, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

  • Integration of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management In Workforce Development and Work Release
  • HeartSmarts

About Soccer for Success

Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities. Locally, this is a collaborative effort with Widener University, Chester Youth Collaborative, the William Tripley Foundation, the Philadelphia Union and Community Health Education.

About HAP

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at

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