Today On The Hill

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House is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Senate is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm


Committee Meetings:

Senate Democratic Policy Committee – 11:00am
Roundtable discussion on property tax relief
Lehighton, PA

House Consumer Affairs – 1:00pm
Public hearing on: HB1543
Media, PA

Senate Education – 1:00pm
Public hearing on: seeking input from students on educational issues in schools
Harrisburg, PA

Department of Health Recognizes Somerset County Hospital for Delivering Quality Care to Pennsylvanians

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From the Pennsylvania Department of Health

National Healthcare Quality Week is Oct. 20-26

Titusville –Secretary of Health Michael Wolf today presented Somerset Hospital with the state’s award for “Excellence in Health Care Compliance,” an award recognizing the efforts of delivering consistent quality care to the citizens of the commonwealth.
Somerset Hospital was one of seven selected for the award out of 220 health care facilities in the state. Awardees were honored by the department during National Healthcare Quality Week.

“Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative focuses on ensuring affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians and it’s important that we recognize those facilities that are excelling at these goals, especially in a rural setting where the need is dire,” said Wolf. “This award signifies the positive contributions and hard work of those who deliver top-notch care every day to the families and communities they serve.”
The Department of Health licenses and oversees hospitals statewide including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, children’s hospitals and psychiatric hospitals. In addition, the department conducts about 2,000 inspections annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations.
Facilities receiving the award were required to have no health citations during the last state licensure survey and no major life safety code deficiencies on the last building inspection. All department-licensed hospitals were eligible for the awards and did not need to apply to be considered.

“Somerset Hospital is honored to be recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and shares the department’s mission to achieve high quality, safe, and effective healthcare through commitment, dedication and professionalism,” said Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Craig Saylor. “This recognition must be shared by the entire organization including our outstanding medical staff and our many dedicated employees.”

During the event, Wolf highlighted Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania plan, which aims to increase access to affordable, quality healthcare for all Pennsylvanians.

“Hospitals receiving this award are already supporting the Governor’s plan and doing their part by providing the best care possible to their patients,” added Wolf.

To view hospital surveys from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, visit and select “Hospitals” under the “Facilities, Providers and Managed Care Plans” tab.

Click here to download the original press release.

Today On The Hill

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11:00am – House is in Session

1:00pm – Senate is in Session


Committee Meetings:


House Aging and Older Adult Services – 9:30am

Informational meeting on: HB420


Senate Urban Affairs and Housing – 9:30am

Public hearing on: SB48


House Agriculture and Rural Affairs – 9:50am

Informational meeting on: SB82, HB1750


House Education – 10:00am

To consider: HB 1728, HR 108


House Human Services –  10:00am

Informational meeting with manufacturer of Vivitrol


House Labor and Industry – 10:00am

To consider: HB611, SB802, HB1338


Senate Finance – 10:00am

To consider: HB 546


House and Senate Local Government –  10:15am

Public Hearing on Health and Human Services Community Services Block Grant Program


Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure – 10:30am

To consider: SB814, HB1348, HB1351


House Appropriations –  Off the Floor

To consider: HB21, HB162, HB1425, HB1426, HB1529, HB1530, HB1574, HB1575, HB1617, HB1644, SB277


Today on The Hill

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11:00am – House is in Session

1:00pm – Senate is in Session


Committee Meetings:

House Education – 9:00am
To consider: HB810, HB1734, HB1741, SB46

House Human Services – 9:30am
To consider: HB1334, HB1420, HB1654

House Liquor Control – 9:30am
To consider: HB1747

Senate Local Government – 9:30am
To consider: SB733, SB901, SB903, SB904, SB935

House Judiciary – 10:00am
To consider: HB207, HB710, HB1154, HB1261, HB1470, HB1662, SB688, SB731

Senate Banking and Insurance – 10:00am
To consider: SB1045, SB1118, SB1130

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs – 10:30am
To consider: SB1107, SB1131, HB920

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness – 11:00am
To consider: SB923, SB1115

Senate Judiciary – 11:30am
To consider: HB27, HB714, HB764, HB1356, HB1594

House Appropriations – Off the Floor

Senate Appropriations – Off the Floor
To consider: HB290, HB1098

Senate Rules and Executive Nominations – Off the Floor
To consider: SB358, SB648

Today on the Hill

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1:00pm – House is in Session

1:00pm – Senate is in Session

Committee Meetings:

Senate State Government – 10:00am
Public hearing to discuss the Right to Know Law

House Education – 11:00am
Public hearing on hybrid learning

House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness – 11:30am
To consider: HB 1205, HB1742

House Human Services – 12:15pm
Informational meeting on: HB1654

House Appropriations – Off the Floor
To consider: HB1632, HB1656, HB1672, HB1694, HB1706, SB358, SB379, SB680

Senate Appropriations – Off the Floor
To consider: SB81, HB290, HB390, HB1098, HB1128

Senate Education – Off the Floor
To consider: SB1113

Ridge Policy Group Introduces a New Web Design

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