Northern Tier health care professionals voice concerns to congressman

August 28, 2019
In The News

WELLSBORO, Pa (WENY) -- Congressman Fred Keller made his way to Wellsboro with his first stop being at UPMC Soldier + Sailors Memorial Hospital. There, he was able to tour the hospital and have a round table discussion with experts. Some of the issues they mentioned dealing with include recruitment and retention of health care officials, their lack of mental health services, and the opioid epidemic. 

"He was very receptive to hearing our needs," said UPMC Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital President, Janie Hilfiger. "He did a great recap of what he had heard, what he had taken from all the information that we had shared with him. He shared with us what he plans on doing with that information with his team and coming back to us with some possible solutions and how he can work with us to take care of those issues."

From there, the congressman went to Weis Pharmacy to hear their thoughts on the pharmaceutical side of the discussion. 

"The goal of the congressman coming to Weis Markets really was a matter of having his visit the pharmacy, understanding what we do and what happens day-to-day in the pharmacy," said Weis Markets Vice President of Pharmacy, Rick Seipp. "Then, frankly, just trying to talk to him about we can work together to try to reduce the costs for Medicare beneficiaries and to try to reduce their out of pocket expense."

For Pennsylvania's 12th district representative, it's all about working as a team to solve the problems people in the district are facing.  

"We're working together on the issues because there's a common thread between many of the issues in the meetings we've had this month," said Keller. "We don't have a chance of getting it right if our team isn't out in the community learning and discussing the issues with people across Pa 12."