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333 Market Street
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Harrisburg, PA 17120


Phone: 717-346-0469
Fax: 717-346-1090


 
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Board of Directors
 

The Board of Directors has 11 members: a physician appointed by the Governor who serves as Board chair; six other members appointed by the Governor to fill seats designated for specific professional occupations; and four members appointed by the General Assembly.

Carrie DeLone, M.D., Chair
Stanton N. Smullens, M.D., FACS, Vice Chair
John Bulger, DO, MBA, Secretary/Treasurer

Radheshyam Agrawal, MDLorina L. Marshall-Blake
Jan Boswinkel, MDGary Merica, B.Sc., MBA/HCM
Joan M. Garzarelli, MSNCliff Rieders, Esq.
Daniel J. Glunk, MDEric Weitz, Esq.

Radheshyam Agrawal, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, is currently a practicing Gastroenterologist at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, a part of the newly formed Allegheny Health Network. Dr. Agrawal is Associate Clinical Chief of Research and Education in the division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine. At Allegheny General he served for over 30 years as the Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, training over 100 GI fellows. In 1994 he was selected as a member of the Medical Licensure Workgroup of the Council on Graduated Medical Education, with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Since 2005 Dr. Agrawal has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Board of Medicine, chairing several committees. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s Medical Legal Advisory Board on Elderly Abuse and Neglect, and the Governor’s Advisory Board of Commissioners on Asian American Affairs. He is a Fellow of the Federations of State Medical Boards, and was appointed to the Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. He is also a member of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation. Dr. Agrawal serves as series editor for the journal “Practical Gastroenterology” and is a consulting editor for Pleural Publishing, International Publishers for the Health Professions.


Jan Boswinkel, M.D. is the Vice President of Medical Operations and Patient Safety Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this role, Jan provides executive leadership for the Office of Patient Safety & Quality which includes Patient Safety, Performance Improvement, Clinical Regulatory Accreditation, Infection Prevention and Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Health. Jan received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and his Medical Degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his medical career, Jan was a Vice President of Cross Markets Proprietary Trading at J.P. Morgan where he worked for 9 years in both London and New York. Jan completed his pediatric residency training at CHOP and served previously as Section Chief of Inpatient Services, division of General Pediatrics. In addition to his academic training, Jan is certified as a Patient Safety Officer through the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and served as an instructor for CHOP Safety and Leadership Methods for Error Prevention.


John B. Bulger, DO, MBA, is the chief quality officer at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. In this role he leads Geisinger's division of Quality and Safety and is responsible for leading and disseminating Geisinger Quality. Dr. Bulger founded Geisinger Medical Center's hospitalist model in 1999 and lead the program's development to include six hospitals and over 60 physicians. Dr. Bulger is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Regional Assistant Dean at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He received his BS at Juniata College, his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and MBA from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. Dr. Bulger was appointed to the Board by the Governor to fill the vacant position designated to be held by a physician: Residence: Danville (Montour County)


Carrie DeLone, M.D., is Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as of July 3, 2013. As Physician General, Dr. DeLone advises the Governor and the Secretary of Health on health matters and policy. In her role as Physician General, Dr. DeLone also becomes chair of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority per Act 13, 2002. Dr. DeLone has been physician advisor to the medical staff at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pa. for the last nine years that includes educating physicians regarding federal and state regulations, developing quality improvement strategies, acting as liaison between physicians and hospital administrators, and interacting with insurers. Dr. DeLone received her B.S. in biology from Villanova University and a M.S. in physiology from Georgetown University, then attended Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. DeLone was nominated Physician General by Governor Tom Corbett. Residence: Camp Hill (Cumberland County)


Joan Garzarelli, RN, MSN, is the Director of Quality Management for LifeCare Hospitals of Pittsburgh. She has worked as a quality improvement professional and nurse administrator in Pennsylvania hospitals throughout her career, including regional quality director for Community Health Systems, overseeing quality and resource management in hospitals in eastern Pennsylvania and as director of Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Services at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. In these roles,Garzarelli has been responsible for patient safety, clinical effectiveness, infection control, quality improvement and regulatory compliance. She received her BSN and MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She was appointed to the Board by the Governor to fill the position designated for a nurse. Residence:Irwin (Westmoreland County)


Daniel J. Glunk, MD, practices internal medicine in Williamsport, PA. He splits his professional time between active practice and as Susquehanna Health System's Chief of Quality Officer. Dr. Glunk chairs Susquehanna Health's Continuing Medical Education Committee and CQI Committee of the Medical Staff as well as serves as the system's Continuing Medical Education Director. In 1991 he won Teacher of the Year Award from his hospital. He has participated in many media interviews. Dr. Glunk served as chair on the board of the Pennsylvania Medical Society from 2003-2006 and then president from 2008-09. He is accredited with designing the Pennsylvania Medical Society's medical history card. Dr. Glunk earned a bachelor's degree from Wilkes University, PA and medical degree from Hahnemann University, PA. His residency was completed at University of Pittsburgh where he was chief resident at Shadyside Hospital. Dr. Glunk was appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of Pennsylvania. Residence: Williamsport (Lycoming County)


Lorina Marshall-Blake, is Vice President of Government Relations for Independence Blue Cross, where she works closely with city, state and federal legislatures, regulatory bodies and other agencies. Previously Vice President for Government Relations and Urban Affairs at Philadelphia Gas Works, she has more than 23 years of experience in corporate management, public relations and communications. A board member of numerous civic, community and philanthropic organizations, Marshall-Blake received a BA from Antioch College and an MA in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. An associate minister at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, she is presently studying for a master's in divinity degree at Eastern Baptist Seminary. Marshall-Blake was appointed to the Board by the Governor to fill the position designated for a non-health care worker. Marshall-Blake was elected to serve as the Board Vice Chairman. Residence: Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)


Gary A. Merica, B.Sc., MBA/HCM, is Quality Manager for Pharmacy Services and Medication Safety Coordinator at York Hospital. He has been involved in numerous presentations and committees on matters related to medication safety, and received the York Health System Navigator Award (1998) and their Quality Forum Award for "Reduction of Medication Errors" (2000). A graduate of the University of Maryland (BS in Pharmacy), Merica is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Societies of Health System Pharmacists. He was appointed to the Board by the Governor to fill the position designated for a pharmacist. Residence: Red Lion (York County)


Cliff Rieders, Esq., is a partner in the Williamsport firm of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters & Waffenschmidt, where he has demonstrated a strong interest in healthcare, particularly patient safety. He is the author of Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania: Law and Forms and numerous articles on healthcare issues. Rieders has devoted much of the past 20 years to analyzing medical malpractice insurance and other healthcare and patient safety issues, and has frequently worked closely with the General Assembly and health industry stakeholders in proposing and drafting legislation. A past president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the first president of Citizens for Consumer Justice, the state's largest umbrella consumer organization, Rieders is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the subject of patient safety, healthcare issues and medical malpractice. He received a BA from New York University and his JD from Georgetown University School of Law. He was appointed to the Board by the Minority Leader of the Senate. Residence: Williamsport (Lycoming County)


Stanton N. Smullens, MD, FACS, is the Chief Medical Officer of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization. In this position, he is Chairman of the Care Coordination Committee and leads the care coordination activities of the ACO. Prior to assuming this position, he was the Chief Medical Officer of the Jefferson Health System. 

Dr. Smullens received his undergraduate education at Harvard College and earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical School where he was a member of AOA. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and is a member of many local, national, and international medical societies. He is board certified in General, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery. He was the founding President of JeffCare, the Physician Hospital Organization of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and led the organization through a successful full risk contract with US HealthCare. He has been the President of the Medical Staff of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and has been President of the Jefferson Alumni Association. He has received the Leon A. Peris Memorial Award. His portrait was presented to the University in October 2010.

In the area of patient safety, he has testified before U.S. Congress on issues relating to patient safety, and was appointed in 2002 to the eleven-person Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority board as part of the Mcare Law (Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act). He was elected the Vice Chairman of the Authority in 2002 and completed his term on the PSA on June 30, 2004. He was reappointed to the Authority in January 2005 and has been re-elected Vice Chair, a position he currently holds. He served as the Acting Chair from 2011 until March of 2013. Residence: Philadelphia (Philadelphia County) 


Eric H. Weitz, Esq., is a trial attorney based in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has a nationwide practice representing individuals in a wide variety of complex matters. Mr. Weitz believes strongly in serving the legal profession and his community. Mr. Weitz is an active member in many national and local organizations. He was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association and he currently serves as vice-chairman of the that board. Mr. Weitz serves on the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formerly known as the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers) and he currently serves on the executive committee. For six consecutive years, Mr. Weitz has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Law and Politics magazine and Philadelphia Magazine, including being named among the Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 in Philadelphia for 2011 and 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he was awarded a bachelor of science, cum laude, in Television, Radio, and Film Management. Mr. Weitz received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Weitz was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children. Residence: Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)

 
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