About the Central Penn Business Group on Health
Affordable healthcare is a prominent national issue. Employer-paid healthcare costs have risen at more than twice the rate of regular inflation and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 has provided additional challenges to employers providing healthcare benefits to their employees.
The Central Penn Business Group on Health was founded by the business community in 1984 and is an independent, non-profit affiliate of The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The membership of the Central Penn Business Group on Health crosses public and private sectors and represents more than 60 thousand employees and their dependents. We represent a wide variety of employers -- small and large, union and non-union, and we encourage a responsible partnership between employers and employees to create an environment for the wise use of health benefits at affordable costs.
The Central Penn Business Group on Health is recognized as a resource and advocate for quality healthcare in Lancaster County, working to help local businesses adapt to the challenges of employer-sponsored healthcare. We share real time information employers can use and provide educational and networking forums for companies seeking to make intelligent decisions on health benefits for the local workforce.
The Central Penn Business Group on Health promotes a collaborative dialogue among all the healthcare stakeholders -- purchasers, insurers, medical providers, and brokers. We monitor legislative issues and advocate for reform on such issues as tort reform and malpractice reform. And locally, the Business Group examines quality healthcare delivery issues.
To provide a forum and a voice for the business community on healthcare through collaboration among stakeholders
To promote continuous improvement in the quality and cost of healthcare for our member companies, their employees and dependents.
Collaboration & Partnerships: Promoting dialogue and partnerships among stakeholders - businesses, healthcare providers, insurers, payers, project funders, social service agencies, brokers, consultants, and government – helps keep healthcare effective and affordable. Working together, by utilizing individual organizational strengths, maximizes our impact which benefits the entire community.
Education and Advocacy: Providing educational events yields opportunities for the community to learn about leading trends in healthcare. Through formal events, member-only networking events, local surveys, newsletters, webinars, and strategic vendors, our members learn compelling strategies that directly impact their employee benefit plans. The Business Group on Health continues to advocate for the appropriate balance between quality and cost of healthcare.
Products & Services: The Central Penn Business Group on Health seeks to find or develop unique cost-effective products and services that promote the optimal well-being of our membership. We will accomplish this by filling market voids where the Business Group on Health can play a unique role without directly competing with existing services in the marketplace.
Board of Directors & Committees
The Central Penn Business Group on Health has a volunteer Board of Directors composed of member employers, providers, insurers, and brokers. The board also includes one seat designated for a representative from a local hospital, at least one physician, and one physician practice manager.
- Executive Committee -The Executive Committee is composed of the officers and the Immediate Past Chair. The Executive Committee has the power to manage and conduct the Business Group on Health's business and affairs when the Board is not in session. The Committee meets as often as necessary and makes a full report of its actions at the next Board meeting.
Executive Committtee Members:
Tom Williams, Chair, InteriorsHome
Regina Deel, Vice Chair, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.
Jason Dennis, Secretary, CoreSource, Inc.
James Maurer, Treasurer, R.W. Sauder, Inc.
Timothy Shrom, Immediate Past Chair, Solanco School District
- Professional Development Committee - Responsible for planning all seminars, roundtables, and educational programs. The committee selects pertinent topics and/or themes, secures speakers and assists on at the events with logistics, registration, etc.
Professional Development Committee Members:
Biana Callahan, StoudtAdvisors
Glenda Dougherty, Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center
Steve Ewing, Herr Foods
Cheryl Harsh, InGroup Associates
Kim Ly, Murray Securus
Rebecca McLain, Fulton Financial Corporation
Richard Migash, Capital BlueCross
Peter Murdock, Campus Eye Center
- Member Services Committee - Responsible for providing an overall positive membership experience. Oversees integrity of current member benefits, plus leading the process of implementing any new programs authorized by the Board of Directors. Assists with recruiting new and retaining existing membership.
Member Services Committee Members:
Joan Enoch, Lift-All Company, Inc.
Matthew Fairbanks, Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc.
Liz Ford, High Company LLC
Kyra Melleby, Highmark Blue Shield
- Strategic Development Committee - Evaluates major new visions, ideas, functions and programs that the Business Group on Health might consider for the future. Committee is charged to lead investigations then present a finished proposal to the Board of Directors for consideration. Composed of key stakeholders from all categories (employers, insurers, health providers, and brokers) and facilitates development of collaborative solutions to issues affecting healthcare costs.
Strategic Development Committee Members:
Heidi Bianco, Cargas Systems, Inc.
Joe Bosche, Integrated Behavioral Health
Eric Athey, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC
Shannon Clark, StoudtAdvisors
Dan Day, Highmark Blue Shield
Jennifer Swinnich, PA Medical Society
Dick Williams, Williams Apothecary