Rural Hospital and Healthcare Sustainability

Rural Hospital and Healthcare Sustainability

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Public Hearing: 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.

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 Presenters:

  • 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
  • Wendy Lazo, President, St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus
  • Eric Kiehl, Director of Policy and Partnership, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
  • Jeannine McMillan, Executive Director, Center for Population Health

When: Thursday, August 3, 2023, 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,

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Center works with the legislature, educators, state and federal executive branch agencies, and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania's nearly 3.4 million rural residents.


Christine Caldara Piatos, Communications Manager
Center for Rural Pennsylvania