July 14, 2024
CPBJ’s Health Care Heroes Awards and Summit targets pressing health care issues
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Along with recognizing excellence and innovation in health care across the midstate, CPBJ’s  2024 Health Care Heroes Awards and Summit will feature two keynote speakers and a follow-up webinar series.

The summit keynote, held before the Health Care Heroes Awards ceremony, will feature co-speakers Elizabeth Ritter and Kimberly Etter.

Ritter is president of UPMC Harrisburg. She has over a decade of experience within the health care industry at UPMC and has supported UPMC in Central Pa. as director of activation planning since 2018. She became COO of the region in 2022 and president of UPMC Harrisburg late last year.

Etter is senior director of human resources at UPMC in Central Pa. She has worked in HR for UPMC and before it, PinnacleHealth, for nearly 30 years. She has held several human resources leadership roles since 2008 and currently serves as senior director leading the talent acquisition and employee relations team in the midstate.

Ritter and Etter’s keynote, titled: How is the health care industry solving its employee crisis? Will focus on the lessons that the industry has learned from its current staffing issues and what employers outside of the health care space can take away from those lessons.

“The national shortage of nurses is well-documented, but health systems also face shortages in other areas, including pharmacy technicians and medical assistants, food service workers, and housekeeping staff,” said Ritter. “If not addressed, the unmet need for qualified health care employees may cause delays in care, reduce patient satisfaction, and affect quality and safety.”

Ritter said that UPMC in Central Pa. is currently working with the UPMC Pinnacle Foundation, area high schools and universities, nonprofits and government agencies to prepare for the future.

“Our workforce development programs create a pipeline of highly qualified applicants that will ensure advanced healthcare for central Pennsylvania residents for years to come,” she said. “These programs are affordable and accessible and lead motivated individuals to rewarding and lifelong health care careers.”

Following the April 9 event, the Central Penn Business Journal will be hosting two health care-focused Virtual Panel Discussions to keep the conversation going.

The first, held April 25, is titled: Improvements in health care access and quality in 2024 and beyond.

The panel will touch on how the health care industry can use technologies like AI, telemedicine and robotics to improve both access and quality of health care.

The second panel, held on May 9, is titled: How are health systems recovering amid recent economic impacts?

The panel will provide an update on health care economics in Central Pennsylvania. It will cover how the last few years have impacted providers and what the industry can expect moving forward.

An updated list of sponsors for the Virtual Panel Discussions, as well as a list of panelists, can be found at https://www.cpbj.com/virtual-panel-discussions/

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