Media Advisory: Public Hearing on Rural Hospital and Healthcare Sustainability

What: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on rural hospital and healthcare sustainability to explore the difficulties facing rural hospitals and health systems, with a particular focus on financial sustainability. The hearing will feature statewide health organization representatives, hospital and health center executives, and public health experts. 

Who: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors

Senator Gene Yaw, Chair
Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Vice Chair
Dr. Nancy Falvo, Pennsylvania Western University Clarion, Secretary
Mr. Stephen M. Brame, Governor’s Representative, Treasurer
Senator Judy Schwank
Representative Dan Moul
Mr. Richard Esch, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Timothy Kelsey, Pennsylvania State University
Ms. Shannon M. Munro, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Dr. Charles Patterson, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Ms. Susan Snelick, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College
Mr. Darrin Youker, Governor’s Representative

Expected Speakers:

Richard Esch, President, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; Kate Slatt, Vice President, Innovative Payment and Care Delivery, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania; Lisa Davis, Director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Outreach Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State University; Dr. Jill Owens, President, Upper Allegheny Health System; Tom Kurtz, President and CEO, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber; Eric Kiehl, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers; and Jeannine McMillan, Executive Director, Center for Population Health.

When: Thursday, August 3, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Mukaiyama University Room by KOA, Bradford, PA.

Contact: Christine Caldara Piatos, Communications Manager, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, (717) 787-9555,

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