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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


Other Sports Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu in straight games at Senior Badminton Nationals


first_imgIt was their second meeting at the Senior Nationals final, following Sourabh’s triumph over Lakshya, 15 then, in February 2017. In men’s doubles, second-seeded makeshift pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty clinched the title after beating top seeds Arjun MR and Shlok Ramachandran 21-13 22-20 in 33 minutes. Chirag and Pranaav came together after the former’s regular partner Satwik Rankireddy were sidelined ahead of the tournament due to an injury. Satwik and Chirag had finished runners-up at the last edition.For Pranaav, it is his third national title, having won the men’s doubles crown along with Akshay Dewalkar in 2013 and 2015 and the mixed doubles title with Prajakta Sawant in 2010.   Saina and Sindhu will now be seen at the Yonex All England Open Championship which is scheduled to start on March 6. It will be interesting to see if the former is able to continue her form and dominate against her counterparts.  Saina upstaged Sindhu at the Yonex Sunrise Senior Badminton Nationals. Saina and Sindhu will next play in the Yonex All England Open Championship.Sourabh Verma completed a hat-trick of titles at the Senior Badminton Nationals. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal beat young sensation PV Sindhu in straight games in the marquee clash of the tournament to retain her women’s singles crown at the 83rd Yonex Sunrise Senior Badminton Nationals here on Saturday. The three-time former champion Saina used her powerful smashes to telling effect, registering a 21-18 21-15 win against Sindhu, a two-time winner, in the summit clash. The clock ticked back to last year when Olympics silver medallist dominated against Sindhu, almost similar set of a result was witnessed here at the TRP Indoor stadium. Saina had also defeated 2016 Rio Games silver medallist Sindhu at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games summit clash last year. Earlier, Sourabh Verma completed a hat-trick of titles at the Senior Badminton Nationals, claiming the men’s singles crown by defeating young Lakshya Sen in straight games.The 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had won the title in 2011 and 2017, showed great composure and tactical brilliance to outplay 17-year-old Lakshya, an Asian junior champion, 21-18 21-13 in a lop-sided contest. highlightslast_img read more


Mickey Callaway manages to revive doubts in Mets’ late loss


first_imgAnd 100 out of 100? No manager worth his salt is that inflexible. Why, Callaway himself is keeping an open mind about closer Edwin Diaz, who would have gotten at least a piece of the ninth Wednesday had Lugo been successful.Callaway could have just said that Lugo was a better option than Matz against Josh Donaldson, Adam Duvall and Johan Camargo to begin the seventh. There was no need to inflate Lugo’s status or defend himself so vigorously.Fans and media thought Callaway should have been gone after he stayed too long with Lugo in an eventual loss to the Cubs on June 24. Callaway isn’t on the hot seat after this latest Lugo meltdown, but he has fired up the people who aren’t convinced that he should stick around after 2019. Callaway made a bold, but ultimately bad, move with his bullpen. He hooked starter Steven Matz after six strong innings (on just 79 pitches) and called on red-hot reliever Seth Lugo to get six outs against the first-place Braves.MORE: Callaway says Mets still have faith in Edwin DiazLugo got one out and was charged with five runs. New York lost 6-4 to fall three games out of the second wild-card spot in the National League.Callaway posited to reporters postgame that Matz would have had to face the middle of the Braves’ order in a one-run game after having run the bases in the top of the seventh. He also noted that Lugo was rested. Those were reasonable points.The skipper also said something that was beyond reason.”We had the best reliever in baseball sitting down there,” he said, per MLB.com, referring to Lugo. Not content to leave it at that, Callaway tried to double down.”I’ll make that move 100 times out of 100. That’s the right move, in my mind,” he added, again per MLB.com.//Spit take//Best. Reliever. In. Baseball. Seth Lugo. Not Kirby Yates. Not Adam Ottavino. Not Josh Hader (recent home-run issues aside). Not Will Smith.Lugo had been unscored upon in 14 consecutive outings (15 2/3 innings) before allowing a run Saturday, the last time he had pitched. That stretch made him the best in the biz, at least at the moment? Really, now. And here I was getting ready to say that I may have been rash a couple of months ago when calling for the Mets to fire manager Mickey Callaway. He had steadied the ship since then and gotten it pointed toward October.Then Wednesday happened.last_img read more