The Medical & Dental Staff recently presented its 2019 Awards for Nursing Excellence. Members of the Med Staff nominate and vote on the winners.

The winners are:   

Lancaster General Hospital

Nurse Managers\Supervisors

  • Pam Harnish, Family Medicine Downtown
  • Brandy Jenkins, 7 West

Nursing: Critical Care

  • James Farrington, ICU
  • Jason Goodwin, Trauma Neuro Unit

Nursing: Emergency Department/Behavioral Health ED

  • Erin Cornman, ED

Nursing: Procedural Areas

  • Angela Ebersole, Endo

Nursing: All Other Floors

  • Betty Frimpong-Manso, 5 East/West

Special Recognition for Assisting the Medical Staff

  • Wendy Fitts
  • Carla Leed

Unit Clerks

  • Maxine Freed, IICU


  • Nicole Lando, ICU

Nursing Specialty Department

  • Emergency Department

Nursing Specialty Unit

  • ICU

Nursing Floor

  • 7 East

Women & Babies Hospital

Nurse Managers/Supervisors

  • Kathy Walton
  • Sloan Kassees


  • Amanda Fantaski, Couplet Care
  • Kara Ulrich, WBH Periop(formerly on 7E)

Unit Clerks

  • Linda Gauvey, Couplet Care


  • Cynthia Phung, Couplet Care

Nursing Unit

  • Couplet Care

Patient Safety Fair Winners Announced

Michael Ripchinski, M.D., Carolanne Hauck, Stacey Youcis and Maggie Costella attend the Patient Safety Fair
Michael Ripchinski, M.D., Carolanne Hauck, Stacey Youcis and Maggie Costella.

In April, more than 35 departments throughout the health system shared their efforts to keep patients safe. This year’s Patient Safety Fair theme, “Stronger Together: Patient Safety is a Team Sport,” recognized 13 department award winners for improvements made to increase patient safety.

Lancaster General Hospital winners

  • Most Enhancement to Safe Practice: Intensive Care Unit
  • Most Demonstrated Outcomes: Lab, Blood Bank and Donor Center
  • Most Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Skin Care Champions
  • LEAN Transformation: Pulmonary
  • Judges’ Choice: Purchasing
  • Employee Choice: Patient Transport

Women & Babies Hospital winners

  • Use of LEAN and Crew Tools: Couplet Care
  • Most Enhancement to Safe Practice: Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Judges’ Choice: Safe Birth
  • Employee Choice: NICU

BURLE winners

  • Most Demonstrated Outcomes: Risk Management
  • Judges’ Choice: Regional Practice Support
  • Employee Choice: Centralized Scheduling

LG Health Wins National PA Award

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Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health physician assistants (from left) Bailey Ellis, Josh Butler and Jodi Sandherr accepted the 2019-2020 Employer of Excellence award from the AAPA’s Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health was selected as one of the American Academy of PAs’ Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management’s (CHLM) winners of the 2019-2020 Employer of Excellence Awards. The award program showcases organizations that have implemented practices that create positive work environments for PAs (physician assistants) and encourage collaborative provider teams. The program is the first and only PA-specific award program available to organizations.

“Physician assistants are trusted and valued members of the team at Lancaster General Health, and we appreciate their dedication and commitment to providing high-quality care to our patients and community,” said Michael R. Ripchinski, MD, Chief Clinical Officer. “We are pleased with this national recognition of our health system’s efforts to recruit, retain and develop the very best PAs.”

Nearly 150 physician assistants serve in a wide variety of roles throughout LG Health, including as leaders and care team members within primary care, specialty and surgical hospital services and practices.

You can read more here.


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