Participants of Leadership Elk County recently gathered for a Health and Human Services Day. The daylong event began at Penn Highlands Elk. Rose Campbell, President and CEO of PHE spoke about the history and future of the local hospital and some positive developments being seen within the facility. Campbell also outlined some of the problems that the healthcare industry is facing and what is being done to address them. Following the presentation Jenn Grotzinger gave the group an interesting tour of the facility’s imaging center including a new CT scanner which features some of the best technology available on the market to date.
Bob Gnan of the St. Marys Ambulance Service Center escorted the group through their second stop, a tour of the facility where they were shown all of the new advancements that have been made, recently. Bob and Mark also demonstrated the new automated stretchers and “Stair Chair” which enables the first responders to bring patients up and down the stairs of their home with minimal effort.
To finish out the first half of the day of the day the group traveled to Pinecrest Manor where Nursing Administrator, Megan Bolden and Nursing Director, Marie Goode gave a detailed look into the many activities and services provided to their residents and resident’s families.
Wrapping up the day, the participants visited the St. Marys Police Department where Shawn McMahon, the District Attorney provided the group an overview of drug violations. The officers McManus, Shaffer, Pistner, and Copper the police dog joined Sheriff Todd Caltagarone with a very interesting and informative lecture outlining the drug problems present in our community, what has been done in the past, and what is currently being done to try to combat future problems. Copper showed off his impressive drug seeking skills with amazing accuracy.