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In brief, June 7: Highmark collaboration, specialty pharmacy, trike race


Penn State Health, Highmark Expand Collaboration

Penn State Health and Highmark announced that 23 primary care physician practices across five Pennsylvania counties have joined Penn State Health Care Partners, a clinically integrated network designed to share best practices and develop standards of care across the network.

Specialty Pharmacy Earns Joint Commission Accreditation

The Specialty Pharmacy at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center achieved Joint Commission accreditation for its specialty pharmacy program. The accreditation means that the program meets rigorous national standards for patient assessment procedures, drug interaction monitoring, timeliness of therapy delivery and other measures of quality and safety.

Community Health Needs Assessment Focuses Efforts

Penn State Health’s 2019-2022 Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan identified the most significant needs in a five-county region as behavioral health, healthy lifestyles and disease management. Overarching concerns that impact community health are access to care and the social determinants of health in Penn State Health’s population base. The report and implementation plans will be used to focus health system resources in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties for the next three years. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute collaborated on the assessment and implementation plan.

Upcoming Events

Annual Trike Race

We’re looking for a few good trikers! Do you have what it takes to be a trike champion? We’re looking for riders to represent Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine in the United Way of the Capital Region’s 23rd Annual Trike Race:

  • Friday, July 19
    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center parking lot
    2300 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg

The trike team will race groups from other local organizations in this friendly competition, which kicks off the United Way 2019 Campaign.

  • Volunteers must have their supervisor’s permission to participate.
  • Email Jessica Wadsworth, community outreach coordinator, by June 19 at Put “Trike Volunteer” in the subject line and your name and contact info in the body of the email.
  • Four riders and an alternate will be randomly selected June 21.
  • The winners will be announced in iNews Daily on June 24.

“Both riders and cheerleaders are guaranteed to have a terrific time!” said Jim George, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center director of community relations.

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