WellSpan Chambersburg Awarded ‘A’
WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
According to Pat O’Donnell, President and CEO of Summit Health, the rating, which is WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital’s second consecutive ‘A’ grade, represents the dedication and care of staff who have worked diligently to offer patients the utmost in quality and safety.
“Patients come to our facility because they need our care,” O’Donnell explained. “This honor speaks to not only our staff’s abilities and commitment to patient safety, but to the culture of safety we have developed within WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital. We are honored by this recognition, but even more thrilled for what this means for our community; that the services they need are available to them without the need to travel for nationally recognized care.”
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Becky Young LaBarre Hired as Renfrew Museum and Park’s Executive Director
Becky Young LaBarre has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Renfrew Museum and Park. LaBarre is a seasoned historic preservation professional with over fifteen years’ experience. She most recently served as the Director of Planning and Historic Preservation for the Borough of Gettysburg, a position she has held for two and a half years. Prior to that, LaBarre served as the assistant curator for the Glessner House and Clarke House Museums in Chicago, Illinois between 2010-2015. During her tenure at the museums she managed collections, guest programming, docent education, program development and interpretation of the Clarke House Museum, the oldest building remaining in the original Chicago city limits. She served as the assistant director of the Glessner House Museum from 2015-2016 where she oversaw the administration, educational programming, interpretation, collections management, fundraising, and community engagement for Glessner House (1887), Henry Hobson Richardson’s architectural masterpiece in Chicago’s Prairie Avenue Historic District. LaBarre was also a Master Historic Presenter at The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI.
In 2008, she co-founded the Petticoat Society, an independent living history organization based in the Chicago area which interprets domestic life and material culture to the public through authentic living history interpretation. She regularly cultivated partnerships with other living history groups, museums, and historic sites. She researched, developed, and implemented mission-specific interpretive content based on the needs of the host site.
LaBarre is “looking forward to taking an active role in the long legacy of architectural, cultural, and environmental stewardship as well as the strong sense of community embodied by Renfrew Museum and Park. It’s a very significant historic site that has been lovingly cared for over the centuries both by its former owners and more recent generations of caretakers and visitors that have adopted it as their own. To step into this continuum as Renfrew’s next Executive Director is both exciting and humbling. The hard work and tender care by those who came before has positioned Renfrew to achieve its mission and engage audiences in meaningful and impactful ways. I’m looking forward to growing the institution’s capacity to share, teach, delight, preserve, and progress as we move forward together into Renfrew Museum and Park’s next chapter.” She has a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from Adrian College. She and her husband, Steve, reside in Fairfield Historic District in Pennsylvania.
Greg White, President of the Renfrew Committee Inc. board of directors stated, ““We were excited to attract such a strong and diverse field of candidates. With Becky, we feel we’ve hired a skill-set that will allow Renfrew Museum and Park to build upon the solid foundation that was established during Dade Royer’s tenure. Becky’s experience in Museums, dealing with State and local governments, and her passion for the authentic interpretation of history will be extremely valuable as we move Renfrew forward. She is a proven leader with a great vision for what Renfrew can be.”
F&M Trust commits $15,000 to SpiriTrust Lutheran
In a continuation of its ongoing philanthropic initiatives, F&M Trust recently committed $15,000 to SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Luther Ridge – a nonprofit senior living provider in Chambersburg.
“F&M Trust is passionate about enhancing the quality of life for our seniors in South Central Pennsylvania. We are pleased to provide funding to SpiriTrust Lutheran so they can do exactly that,” said Timothy G. Henry, president and CEO of F&M Trust.
F&M Trust donated the money to support the construction of the organization’s new 40-bed skilled care center, which provides resident-centered care for long-term and short-term rehabilitation patients.
“The donation from F&M Trust helps us to continue with our mission of serving and caring. The skilled care center will allow residents the opportunity to stay within their community and not have to leave their friends and loved ones. We strive every day to make a difference in the lives of the senior living population in Franklin County, and with the help from organizations like F&M Trust, we can continue to do this,” said Rachel Herrington, executive director of The Village at Luther Ridge. F&M Trust provides hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to support organizations across South Central Pennsylvania.
Con. Joyce Meets with Health Care Officials
Congressman John Joyce, R-Blair County, was among the elected officials who met with leaders from Summit Health and WellSpan Health to discuss obstacles in delivering quality care to Franklin County and surrounding area residents.
The leaders gathered Thursday, April 29, 2019, at Salzmann Hughes, P.C., law office, to meet President and CEO of WellSpan Health, Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N.
Summit Health, the leading health-care provider in Franklin County, officially became part of WellSpan Health last November and Gapstur started her role as the organization’s CEO Jan. 2. She is working closely with leaders from Summit Health, including President and CEO of Summit Health, Pat O’Donnell, as the two organizations continue to come together through the affiliation.
At the event, O’Donnell and Gapstur shared plans of expansion and investment as well as a desire to make local care more accessible and affordable.
“We have long enjoyed strong working relationships with the elected officials serving this community,” explained O’Donnell. “These cooperative relationships have allowed for the betterment of this community and we look forward to seeing those types of projects continue into the future.”
O’Donnell cited the recent completion of the North Chambersburg Improvements Project, which eased motorists’ travels in the north end of Chambersburg as an example of the cooperation between elected officials and health leaders.
“The project has greatly improved accessibility in that portion of Chambersburg,” he explained. “It has also made it much easier for our patients to travel to our health campus off St. Paul Drive, that they didn’t need to sit in traffic for several minutes when headed to an important medical appointment.”
By working together in a public-private partnership, and by using funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, the roads project extended Parkwood Drive into Greene Township, reconstructed and extended St. Paul Drive to intersect with Parkwood Drive, and made improvements to the intersection of Fifth and Norland avenues.
Thursday, Gapstur remarked she was impressed with the working relationships and cooperation leaders of Summit shared with elected officials, and that she would look to those relationships to continue to improve the quality of life for residents in the Franklin County area.
“We need to make health care easier to use and more affordable,” she said. “Together with Summit Health, WellSpan will focus on creating value and improving the health of our friends and neighbors in central Pennsylvania.”
Last year, WellSpan Health and Summit Health, combined, provided more than $250 million in community benefits, such as charity care, education, and community health initiatives. This year, in addition to community benefit, Gapstur said the organization will significantly invest in Franklin and Cumberland counties through several renovation and buildings projects. Expansions are planned at Chambersburg Hospital in the Emergency Department, as well as in the hospital’s Interventional Radiology suite and Waynesboro Hospital’s Emergency Department.
WellSpan Health also has significant expansion plans in Shippensburg and Greencastle.
“We are thrilled to be building on the strong foundation Summit Health has developed in Franklin County as we look to expand our services and care along the I-81 corridor,” explained Gapstur. “By bringing the services our community needs closer to them, we are helping to make care more accessible.”
A 45,000 square-foot medical office building is being constructed directly off Interstate-81, Exit 3, in Greencastle. The building is expected to open in September, and will house Urgent Care, Digestive Health, Endocrinology, ENT and Hearing Services, Lab and Imaging services, OB/GYN, Occupational Health, Orthopedics, Pain Medicine, Podiatry, Rehabilitation, Surgical Services and Urology.
A medical office building located on Progress Boulevard is being renovated and is expected to open in July. The building will house specialty care practices, including Pulmonology, Cardiology and OB/GYN. General Surgery and Orthopedic practices that are currently in Shippensburg will move to the Progress Boulevard location, while Urgent Care, Family Medicine, Lab Services and Rehabilitation services will continue to be offered at the Walnut Bottom Road location.
For more information on the affiliation, please visit SummitHealth.org/Affiliation. For details on expansion projects in Shippensburg and Greencastle, visit SummitHealth.org/Shippensburg or SummitHealth.org/Greencastle.
Orrstown Celebrates 100 Years with $100,000 Donation
Shippensburg, PA (April 23, 2019) – Orrstown Bank, which is currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding, today announced that it is contributing $100,000 to Menno Haven in support of its “Nurturing the Human Spirit: A Campaign for Menno Haven’s Future” efforts. The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds for the construction of a new rehabilitation center, two memory care houses, a resident life center, and a new health care center within the Menno Haven community.
“Giving back to the communities we serve has been central to our mission as a strong, locally-owned community bank for the past 100 years,” said Joel Zullinger, Chairman of the Board of Orrstown. “The services that Menno Haven provides many of our customers, their families, and our neighbors are vital to the overall health and wellness of our community. We are grateful for the partnership that Orrstown Bank and Menno Haven have enjoyed for many years and are proud to provide the support needed to ensure a bright future for this important community asset.”
At a special event held in Menno Haven’s new rehabilitation center, members of Orrstown’s board and executive management group presented the $100,000 contribution to the leaders of Menno Haven. Shown at the check presentation are, left to right, Philip Fague, Orrstown Exec. VP, Andrea Pugh, Orrstown Board Member, Luke Bernstein, Orrstown Exec. VP, Lynn Lerew, Menno Haven campaign volunteer, Paul Ritchie, Orrstown Financial Advisors Sr. VP, Hugh Davis, Menno Haven CEO, Floyd Stoner, Orrstown Board Member, Tom Quinn, Orrstown CEO, Mike Rice, Orrstown Board Member, Joel Zullinger, Orrstown Chairman, Jeff Gayman, Orrstown Market President, and Bob Fignar, Orrstown Exec. VP.
Shindle Promoted to Senior Manger
CHAMBERSBURG, PA, March 27, 2019 – Rotz & Stonesifer, P.C. is excited to announce that Dennis Shindle has been promoted to Senior Manager. Dennis has been with Rotz & Stonesifer, P.C. since 2009 and plays an integral role while working with closely held businesses, particularly in the construction industry. Dennis provides tax, consulting, and financial statement services to partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships.
Dennis graduated summa cum laude with honors from Shippensburg University. He is active in professional organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Associated Builders and Contractors – Keystone Chapter, and Construction Financial Management Association. He is also the secretary and a past president of the Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club.
Witmer Completes Certificate
SEK, CPAs & Advisors is pleased to announce Craig E. Witmer, CPA, CGFM, Member of the Firm, has successfully completed the certification process with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to earn the Advanced Single Audit Certificate.
The Advanced Single Audit Certificate program provides a way for audit practitioners to demonstrate their competencies surrounding single audit engagements and to distinguish themselves in the marketplace. The intensive exam requires the ability to analyze and evaluate key concepts for single audits at an advanced level.
As a Certified Government Financial Manager and head of the firm’s governmental audit practice, Witmer has dedicated his career to the governmental industry. He has 19 years of experience and serves as Member-in-Charge of approximately 80 governmental and nonprofit audits. Witmer also performs peer reviews for other CPA firms and is an instructor of the firm’s in-house training programs on governmental accounting. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting. Witmer joined the firm in 1999 and was admitted as a Member in 2013.
SpiriTrust Lutheran Presents 32nd Annual Karen A. Rohaly Award
SpiriTrust Lutheran recently presented its 2018 Karen A. Rohaly Award to Deborah Giselman, RN, Hospice Nurse in the agency’s Franklin County, PA service area.
The Karen A. Rohaly Award was established by SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice after the death of the agency’s first administrator, Karen Rohaly. Leading the agency from its inception in 1978 until her untimely death in 1987, Ms. Rohaly was a visionary who defined the organization’s mission. This award is presented annually to the employee who best upholds the ideals set by the work of Ms. Rohaly. The nominations are made by co-workers – those who are most familiar with the staff member and his/her work. An Awards Committee, made up of individuals from throughout the agency’s service areas, evaluates the nominations and a recipient is selected.
Deborah has been with the agency for 3 years. She was nominated for the award by three fellow team members. She was chosen because of the nominations’ characterization of her strength, confidence, excellent clinical skills and dedication. One nominator wrote, “Clinically, Debbie is an excellent nurse. She is a great resource for other nurses and is respected by her coworkers…When in tough situations, she uses critical thinking and often times has to think “outside of the box…” Another wrote, “Families always feel so supported when she arrives. She does a lot of the hospice admissions and is the first face that is represented by Spiritrust and always gives a wonderful first and lasting impression.” A third nominator wrote, “Deb is our hospice on call nurse…a very stressful position: putting out fires, admitting patients emergently…handling sometimes very difficult situations…but she is strong and confident.”
SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice provides home health care, home health telemonitoring, palliative care, hospice, and in-home support services. The agency serves south central through northeastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) is a creative program designed to enhance the ability of seniors in Franklin, Cumberland & Perry Counties in PA to live safely in their homes and communities with dignity and independence by providing access to the full range of preventative, primary, acute and long-term care services. For further information, or to start care, please call (800) 840-9081 or visit our website at www.
Pictured in attached photo: (Left) Nina DelGrande, BSN, MHA, NE-BC, Vice President, Community Health Services of SpiriTrust Lutheran, and (Right) Deborah Giselman, RN, Hospice Nurse and Karen A. Rohaly award recipient.
Summit Health Releases Annual Report
Patrick O’Donnell, president and chief executive officer of Summit Health, and executive vice president for WellSpan Health, presented the fiscal year 2018 annual report at Chambersburg Hospital’s and Waynesboro Hospital’s Board of Directors Annual Meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
O’Donnell addressed the board members and those in attendance, sharing with them highlights of the year, including a glimpse into the future of health care in Franklin County.
“While by virtue, our Annual Report reflects the past year; our accomplishments and accolades, our expansions and evolution of services, this year’s look back, I believe, is truly ore a glimpse into what our future holds,” he explained. “We are starting a new journey of hope as we transition into our affiliation with WellSpan Health. WellSpan values our culture, organization, employees, community, and the concept of local care. It is a partner that will help take us to the next level.”
O’Donnell explained that Summit Health and WellSpan Health have partnered for stroke services, cancer services, and NICU services for several years ahead of the affiliation.
As the affiliation speaks to ensuring quality care in Franklin County into the future, O’Donnell emphasized the strengths of Summit Health through the 2018 Fiscal Year. Summit Health reported revenue of $552.5 million for fiscal year 2017-18 in their 2018 annual report, up from $552.3 million reported in 2017. Summit Health invested more than $56.1 million into the community, of that, more than $36 million was put towards charity care.
In the past year, Summit Health has added Franklin County’s only dermatologist and added acupuncture and massage therapy. Construction began on a new medical office building in Greencastle, aiming to improve access to care by bringing additional specialty practices to that community.
“I’m proud of all we have accomplished in this community; the lives we have touched, the hope we have inspired. I feel honored and privileged that we will continue to be a beacon of hope for the community as we continue to inspire hope for our future,” O’Donnell explained.
To view the complete report, visit SummitHealth.org/annualreport.
Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC Announces Rebranding
Regional CPA firm Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC is refreshing its branding. Over the years, the firm’s clients and communities have come to refer to them as the acronym “SEK,” and the firm is proud to incorporate that title into a sleek, new brand redesign. SEK remains the same company and team with a new, bolder presence.
SEK has launched a new logo as a part of their brand identity. This logo is born out of the need to better communicate what the firm stands for. The compass represents directional values; the firm remains committed to guiding their clients to make wise and well-informed financial decisions. Through the compass, SEK’s pledge to provide clarity and peace of mind is clearly demonstrated. The guidance offered will continue to be precise, just like its sharp points.
The company’s rebrand will also include new signage, stationery, and a website upgrade over the next few months. With SEK’s rebranding efforts, the firm will continue to offer exceptional service, strong client relationships, and a commitment to clients’ success.
“We are very excited to execute our rebrand in conjunction with our Hagerstown, Maryland office move,” states Managing Member John R. Schnitzer, CPA. “This rebrand represents a huge step in SEK’s evolution and is not something that we take lightly. We are still the same company with the same team, but with a fresh look.”
SEK, CPAs & Advisors has six regional offices in Hagerstown, Maryland; and Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover, and York, Pennsylvania. The firm was founded in 1963 and was recently named a “Top 200 Firm” by Inside Public Accounting. With 26 Members and a staff of 150, SEK services individuals as well as business clients in a variety of industries including construction, employee benefit plans, healthcare, local government, manufacturing, and nonprofit. The firm offers financial statement preparation, auditing and assurance services, small business accounting, payroll services, QuickBooks® and Sage 50® training and consulting, tax return preparation and planning, estate planning and administration, business valuations, retirement plan design consulting, and third-party administration. For more information, visit www.sek.com.