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Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy to Leave the Wolf Administration for the Private Sector


first_img May 22, 2017 Press Release,  Public Health,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf thanked Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy for her work to battle the heroin and opioid epidemic, implement the medical marijuana program and transform rural healthcare while expertly overseeing a complex organization that led efforts to address all emergent public health issues facing Pennsylvania.Secretary Murphy is leaving the state for a position in the private sector.“Secretary Murphy is a leader in public health and health administration and has been a valuable member of my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “Secretary Murphy has contributed significantly to our efforts to address the most important health issues facing Pennsylvania and been a key figure in my administration’s fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic. She led the implementation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which has nearly 90,000 participants and more than 7 million queries since August of 2016.“One of the most important pieces of legislation passed into law over the past two years was medical marijuana legislation. Since the passage of the legislation, Secretary Murphy oversaw the plan to develop the regulatory structure of the program to ensure that patients can get medication in under two years.“Throughout all of these significant efforts, Secretary Murphy has addressed public health challenges like emerging disease including the Zika outbreak. She also took on some of the biggest challenges facing public health, including reforming the oversight of nursing homes and developing a transformation initiative for rural hospitals.”“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in Governor Wolf’s administration,” said Secretary Murphy. “I am certain that the administration and dedicated men and women at the Department of Health will continue their efforts to improve the health of all Pennsylvanians.“We will miss Secretary Murphy, and we wish her well as she pursues new opportunities to improve public health,” said Governor Wolf.In addition to the work on the heroin and opioid epidemic, nursing home reform, medical marijuana, and the Zika outbreak, under Secretary Murphy’s leadership the Department of Health made strides toward improving public health in Pennsylvania, including:The Department of Health improved the state’s childhood immunization regulations to ensure that every school-aged child gets the appropriate vaccinations within five days from the start of school. And the Department of Health provided more than 20,000 vaccinations just last year for illness like flu, pertussis and meningitis;The Department of Health received a $25 million grant from the federal government to implement the Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation Initiative, that included a multiplayer global budget for rural hospitals; andThe Department of Health worked to educate residents on disease prevention, ranging from diabetes to HIV/AIDS to childhood obesity and Lyme to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.Secretary Murphy has extensive knowledge of the health care industry and is a proven executive who has demonstrated her ability to lead complex organizations and initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Prior to assuming her role in Governor Wolf’s cabinet, she served as Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative, a $900 million investment by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation aimed at accelerating health care innovation across the nation.  She was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System.  Prior to that, she served in various roles in health care administration. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc. (PHA), Secretary Murphy led an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor Health Care System.She previously served as a Clinical Faculty Member in the Medicine Department at The Commonwealth Medical College.  She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, a Master of Business Administration from Marywood University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton, and a diploma as a registered nurse from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. She is an author and national speaker on health policy and health care innovation Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy to Leave the Wolf Administration for the Private Sectorcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Tottenham defender’s brother shot dead in France


first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Tottenham star Serge Aurier’s brother has been shot dead on the streets of France at 5am this morning, according to French outlets Le Point and Europe 1.The Ivory Coast full-back featured in Spurs’ 2-1 win over north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday evening. But multiple French reports claimed his brother Christopher, 26, has been fatally shot in the early hours of the morning in Toulouse.Aurier’s brother was pronounced dead in hospital, while the perpetrator is still said to be on the run and is yet to be caught by authorities.Local residents called the police after discovering a man lying on the ground with a gun wound to the stomach.Local media outlet La Dépêche are indicating that the incident occurred near a late night establishment.Christopher Aurier also played football, albeit at an amateur level, currently at Toulouse Rodéo in the fifth-tier of the French football pyramid. Christopher also trained at RC Lens like his older brother, but failed to break through to the highest level.The sibling also had trials at English club Brentford in 2011.Back in 2017, Christopher was arrested for allegedly stealing from a sex worker in Lille.According to reports the two men involved arranged the meeting via the internet, before threatening the woman in her flat with a fake handgun and tear-gassed her when she refused to hand over money.Christopher is said to have left DNA at the scene. Serge Aurier almost left Spurs last summer, and was overlooked for the opening games of the season under previous boss Mauricio Pochettino.However, the former PSG star has found a new lease of life under Jose Mourinho.Aurier featured on Sunday as Spurs beat rivals Arsenal as they aim to make the Europa League.Tags: Christopher AurierEurope 1Le PointSerge AurierTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more