Pa. first lady
reads to children
Pennsylvania first lady Susan Corbett served as a special guest reader during the Lackawanna Children’s Library “Tales for Tots” story hour on Wednesday.
Corbett also joined Children’s Health Insurance Program Executive Director Franca D’Agostino to educate parents about the importance of CHIP. Calling the program “a safety net for some families,” D’Agostino said that although the program is helping some families, there is a need for additional discussion on its benefits.
Gov. Tom Corbett is pushing to get the program reauthorized. His Healthy Pennsylvania plan seeks to eliminate CHIP’s six-month mandatory waiting period that exists for some children, D’Agostino said.
Laureen Maloney, head of Children’s Services at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library, believes the setting is conducive to providing important information to large groups of people.
Catholic views on
energy to be discussed
Brother David Andrews, senior representative of Food and Water Watch and former executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, will give a free public lecture tonight at 7 in Burke Auditorium in the William G. McGowan School of Business on North River Street at King’s College.
Andrews will discuss Catholic perspectives on energy production in a lecture titled “Catholic Social Teaching and Energy Policy: Fracking, Tar Sands, Climate Justice.”
Andrews, who earned a juris doctorate from Loyola New Orleans School of Law, has worked for more than 30 years on sustainable development, food and water issues, and public policy nationally and internationally. He was a senior adviser to Miguel D’Escoto, president of the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations, and attended the last three World Trade Organization meetings, World Food Summits and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa.
For more information, call Bernard Prusak at 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Pa. Senate OKs
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a series of bills to provide sweeping improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws, Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, announced.
The bipartisan package is based on recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, created by the passage of Senate Resolution 250 in December 2011. The panel held a series of public meetings and released its report in November 2012.
Baker sponsored a bill that updates the definition of “perpetrator” and expands the definition of “person responsible for a child’s welfare.” Some of the other bills in the package update the definition of “child abuse,” clarify who is a “mandatory reporter” of child abuse and increase the penalty for failure to report child abuse by a mandatory reporter.
CEO stepping down
Robert P. Steigmeyer, chief executive officer at Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton, announced Wednesday he has resigned his position to become president and CEO at Concord Hospital, a regional health system that includes a 295-bed medical center and 250 member medical group in Concord, N.H.
Steigmeyer served as president and CEO of Community Medical Center Healthcare System from July 2010 until February 2012, when CMCHS joined Geisinger Health System, and he helped lead the transition.
Before coming to Pennsylvania, he was senior vice president of Operations and Finance at Northwest Hospital and Medical Center and was a healthcare management consultant at ECG Management Consultants in Seattle.
Steigmeyer begins his new duties in January.