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Governor Rendell Appoints Members of Chronic Care Commission as Part of Prescription for PA

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell has appointed 37 individuals to a commission that will work to improve how Pennsylvanians with chronic disease receive health care in the future. The initiative is part of the Governor's Prescription for Pennsylvania health care reform plan.

"About 78 percent of all health care costs in Pennsylvania are attributable to 20 percent of all patients -- those with chronic diseases," Governor Rendell said. "The members of the Chronic Care Management Commission will help to develop processes to more effectively manage chronic disease. We cannot reduce the occurrence and cost of chronic diseases without aggressively addressing prevention, detection and treatment in a comprehensive, proactive way."

The Governor said that in 2005, Pennsylvania hospitals reported more than $1.7 billion in hospital charges for potentially avoidable hospitalizations because patients with chronic conditions did not receive necessary care in the community.

The 37 commission members represent a broad cross section of health care related fields and represent all geographic areas of the state. In addition, the secretaries of Health, Public Welfare and Insurance and the director of the Governor's Office of Health Care Reform serve as ex-officio members of the commission.

The commission is holding its first meeting today in Harrisburg and will hold additional meetings in the coming months. The Governor's Executive Order creating the commission calls for it to develop a strategic plan including a blueprint for evaluation within 90 days of its first meeting.

For more information on Governor Rendell's Prescription for Pennsylvania reform plan, visit

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at:

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following chart lists commission members and their place of employment, although members are representing themselves and not their employers.


Last name First Name Title Affiliation

Benditt Philip Medical Director-PA

and Southern NJ United Health Care

Black Albert Chief Operating Officer Hospital of

the Univ. of


Coffin Susan Attending Physician Children's

Hospital of


Connelly Eileen Executive Director SEIU Pennsylvania

State Council

Coyne Anne President Ligonier Pharmacy

Davis Duane VP and Chief Medical

Officer Geisinger Health


Dunn Michael Medical Director Interoperability,


University of


Medical Center

Feinstein Karen President and CEO The Jewish


Foundation of


Fischer Don Sr. Vice President and

Chief Medical Officer Highmark

Frey Henriette Associate VP of Finance St. Luke's

Hospital and

Health Network

Gabbay Robert Ex. Dir. PA Institute for

Diabetes &

Obesity MS

Hershey Medical


Gensante Elizabeth Professor Emeritus St. Francis


George Bill President Pennsylvania


Gertner Eric Chief of External

Programs Lehigh Valley


Gloster Jerome Medical Director Primary Care

Health Services

Grant Howard Chief Medical Officer Temple University

Health System

Hartz Leo Chief Medical Officer Blue Cross of

Northeastern PA

Holder Diane President UPMC Health Plan

Klazen Frazierita Asst. Director of Health

& Human Services

Local Programs PEW Charitable


McGlone Cynthia VP Healthcare Services Albert Einstein



Mesoras Michael Medical Director Aetna, Inc.

Morrissey Anne President-Pennsylvania

Managed Care Keystone Mercy

Health Plan

Naylor Mary Director of the Center

for Health Transitions U. of Penn School

of Nursing

Nicholas Henry President 1199C Union of

Hospital &



Powell Valerie Professor, Computer

& Information Systems Robert Morris


Priselac Mimi Director Chronic

Care Initiatives Pittsburgh

Regional Health


Ramalingam S. Medical Director UPMC Health Plan

Rumpf Christopher Medical Director Capital Blue Cross

Schmeltz Ralph Consultant Endocrine-



Sebastianelli Joseph President & CEO Jefferson Health

System, Inc.

Siminerio Linda Director University of




Snyder Richard VP, Quality Management Independence Blue


Spires Judy President Acme Markets

Taylor Alan Physican Assistant Chester Crozier


Tomczyk, Thomas Principal Mercer Human



Torrisi Donna Network Executive

Director The Family

Practice &



Weiss Michael Member American Diabetes


CONTACT: Chuck Ardo


Beth Myers (GOHCR)


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