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June 16, 2011

Summit Health scores high among health systems
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Summit Health was ranked among the top 20 percent of best performing health systems by business consulting organization Thomson Reuters, according to a news release from the organization.
Summit Health owns and operates Waynesboro and Chambersburg hospitals.
The study evaluated 285 health systems around the country, the news release said.
The news release said the health systems in the top 20 percent saved more lives, made fewer medical errors, followed recommended standards of care more closely, released patients half a day sooner on average, and scored better on patient satisfaction surveys than their peers.
“We take pride in providing high quality care and service to our community. Our hospitals in Chambersburg and Waynesboro provide advanced care for our friends and neighbors, and they deserve the best,” Thomas Anderson, vice president for medical affairs, said in the release.
To download the top health system abstract and find out more about the study’s methodology and findings, visit 100tophospitals.com/top-health-systems/.

Lynch named to head Pa. school foundation
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Chambersburg Area School District Foundation has announced the appointment of Angela M. Lynch as executive director of the foundation.
Lynch will be replacing Beth Luka, who is retiring in September, according to a news release. Lynch will begin work with the foundation in mid-July.
Lynch, who is a resident of Shippensburg, Pa., is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in American studies and Bowling Green State University with a master’s degree in college student personnel. She has completed the Penn State Management Institute.
Lynch served as director of career development at Wilson College in Chambersburg for two years and also served as director of admissions and marketing and as chief executive officer for the Foundation for Scotland School for Veterans’ Children.
Lynch will be responsible for the scholarship and grant programs currently administered by the foundation — with $426,300 awarded in scholarships since 1991 and more than $440,000 in grants to teachers/staff for innovative projects not able to be funded in the regular CASD budget.

American Red Cross cuts eight Greater Alleghenies jobs
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Red Cross said it has laid off eight workers in the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region because of rising costs and slow revenue growth.
The cuts are among 400 to 500 layoffs nationwide. Staff cuts also are being made at the American Red Cross’ national headquarters and local chapters. The organization has nearly 20,800 employees.
The Greater Alleghenies Region serves 100 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, including the Tri-State area.
The American Red Cross said late Wednesday in a statement that its Biomedical Services expenses have risen by more than 4 percent while revenue is growing by less than 1 percent. The organization says it can’t continue on that path.

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