For Immediate Release
January 3, 2017
Contact: Jackie Herbstritt
Leadership Elk Cameron Class Visits Hospital, Ambulance Center, and Police Station
Leadership Elk & Cameron (LEC) participants recently held their Health and Human Services session. The session began at Penn Highlands Elk Hospital with Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Interim President, Mark Norman, speaking to the participants about the future of the hospital. Norman explained the difficulties of rural healthcare and the long process of hiring or recruiting employees to the area. After Mark Norman’s presentation, LEC Alumni and hospital employee Jennifer Grotzinger spoke to the participants about the hospital’s imaging center and the award that it had received.
Tom Tomaski, Robert Sorg, and Rodney Brennen, from the St. Marys Area Ambulance, gave a presentation on the advancements in equipment and the high costs that are associated with them. They talked to the group about the importance of subscriptions and ways the residents could help the ambulance crew get to the patient faster. The participants were then given a tour of the facility before heading to Pinecrest Manor.
At Pinecrest Manor, Nursing Administrator, Megan Bolden gave the LEC participants a tour of the facility and explained all the services and activities that are available to the residents there. The participants were led to the Rehabilitation center that is attached to Pinecrest Manor, where the Supervisor of Rehabilitation & Occupational Health, Becky Piccolo, lead the group on a tour of the Rehabilitation Center and talked about the different treatments and therapies the center offers patients.
The last part of the day was held at the St. Marys Police Department where the District Attorney Shawn McMahon, provided the participants with a Basic Sentencing Matrix and demonstrated how it was used in various situations. Sheriff Todd Caltagarone, Elk County Detective Gregg McManus, Chief of Police Tom Nicklas, Officer Anthony Pistner, Officer Mike Shaffer and K9 Nando gave a very informative presentation on drugs; what they look like, how they effect a person’s body, how they are used, and how they are trying to fight the ongoing problems. The participants were also given a demonstration on K9 Nando’s ability to communicate and work with his partner Officer Shaffer in detecting and finding drugs.
The mission of Leadership Elk Cameron is to educate its participants in the strengths and weaknesses of the region in order to develop informed, civic-oriented volunteers to help direct the future of Elk and Cameron Counties. More than 130 individuals have completed the program since 2008. For more information about Leadership Elk Cameron, contact the Community Education Center at 781-3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.