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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


Coutinho stunner gives Liverpool Hong Kong win


first_imgThe 25-year-old picked the ball up on the left of the area on the stroke of halftime, jinked his way inside and let fly with a superb right-foot strike that proved to be the game-winner.“Everybody knows that Phil Coutinho is a key player for us,” Klopp told reporters.“He loves the club, he loves the city -– he is a fantastic footballer. If he is able to play like tonight, in a very difficult moment of the preseason after all the (training) sessions, that shows his big potential.”Coutinho had earlier played the role of provider for new signing Mohamed Salah, dinking the ball on to the Egyptian’s head to cancel out Islam Slimani’s 12th-minute nodded opener.Klopp was involved in a heated exchange with referee Bobby Madley in the first half, the German revealing his anger had been sparked by some close attention Coutinho was receiving from the Leicester defenders.“These players make the difference. These players bring people to the stadium,” said Klopp. “That’s why have to look after them a little bit.”Salah, meanwhile, again demonstrated that the club record $45 million Klopp paid Roma for his services looks money well spent.His pace adding another dimension to Liverpool’s attack, the former Chelsea winger gave Leicester’s Christian Fuchs a torrid time until he was substituted on 65 minutes.Klopp, whose side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in midweek to reach the final, is still hoping to bring in Leipzig midfielder Nabi Keita, with Liverpool set to return with a final offer of around $97 million for the Guinea international.For now, it was a case of job done for Liverpool in the Far East.“It’s really pleasing,” said Klopp. “We’ve played two hard games in very difficult circumstances against very good opponents. “Winning both games is a big thing. The boys did well. “Yes we conceded a goal. But the line-up was my idea and it was clear that not everything in defence would work. We have big offensive potential but obviously we need to learn how to defend together.”Palace won the third-place playoff earlier on Saturday, seeing off West Brom 2-0 in a testy affair that saw tempers flare as the players entered the tunnel at halftime.The match was settled by Luka Milivojevic’s sweetly struck free kick on 11 minutes and a deflected Bakary Sako shot that found the net with three minutes left in the first half.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in action against Leicester City during the final of the Asia Trophy tournament in Hong Kong, on July 22, 2017 © AFPHong Kong, China, Jul 22 – A moment of Philippe Coutinho magic lifted Liverpool to a 2-1 preseason victory over Leicester City in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday.With Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rejecting a big-money offer from Barcelona for Coutinho earlier this week, the mercurial Brazilian underlined his important to the Reds with a flash of individual brilliance in Hong Kong.last_img read more