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BeneCard PBF hires

BeneCard PBF, a national pharmacy benefit manager, has announced the promotion of Hugh Gallagher to Vice President of Sales and Business Development, and Sean Walsh as Vice President of Pricing Strategy

Gallagher joined BeneCard PBF in August of 2016 as Senior Sales Director. His expertise enhances BeneCard’s core focus on clinical efficacy, strengthening clinical discussions during the sales process to ensure the right package is provided to each client.

Walsh will focus on product development, pass-through pricing strategy, and providing support to the sales team. He will fuel BeneCard PBF’s continued advancement through enhanced communication between underwriting and sales, and streamline the process for product development

Prior to joining the BeneCard PBF team, Gallagher served as sales and marketing executive for a formulary data management and compliance software business; held several managerial positions at PBMs and health plans across the U.S., and held roles in retail pharmacy. In his previous role as a PBM/Managed Care Sales and Account Management executive, he managed prescription benefits for one million pharmacy benefit lives.

In his previous position as Vice President of Finance at Asembia, Walsh was responsible for overseeing GPO operations and wholesaler/distributor relations. He has extensive experience in strategy development, PBM pricing, sales support, account management and marketing.

BeneCard PBF has an administrative center in Mechanicsburg, as well as in New Jersey and Florida. Both Walsh and Gallagher will report directly to Michael Perry, President of BeneCard PBF.

UPMC honored

UPMC Pinnacle was recognized in "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2018" list by Becker’s Healthcare, a national health industry tracker, for the fourth consecutive year.

The list highlights hospitals, health systems, and health care companies that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement, and professional growth.

“UPMC Pinnacle strives to make the most of each employee’s individual skills and foster personal growth and overall excellence. Employees are recognized for innovative, collaborative thinking and empowered to do what is right for each patient,” said Ann Gormley, senior vice president of human resources, UPMC Pinnacle. “We could not have a great place to work without great people who work together to achieve the common goal to provide comprehensive patient-centered care.”

The organizations featured on the "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" list offer benefits and opportunities for employees to build successful careers above and beyond the average healthcare provider or company and encourage professional development and promote leadership from within.

Chamber names nominees

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce has announced nominees for the 2018 Shining Star and Visionary Awards, honoring extraordinary female professionals.

The Women in Business Roundtable Committee, who created this prestigious event, had a lengthy discussion and voted in a blind review process of all the applicants on Friday, April 6th. The two award recipients will be announced during a luncheon on August 29, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill

A portion of the total event proceeds will benefit a Chamber nonprofit of the award winners’ choice.

Nominees for the Shining Star Award are Sara S. Firestone, Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Cathy Hirko, Central Penn Business Journal; Sally Lugaro, Highmark Blue Shield, Inc.; Terry L. Vennell, COC, CPC, Urology of Central PA; and Chelsea Wurster, Quality Digital Office Technology.

Nominees for the Visionary Award are Nicole Deary, Leadership Cumberland; Una Martone, Leadership Harrisburg Area; Terri L. Noll, Hampden Township; Kathrynne G. Shafer, Messiah College; and Sharie R. Young, Highmark Blue Shield, Inc.

Boyer & Ritter honored

For the third consecutive year, Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants was recognized by Accounting Today Magazine as one of the top Mid-Atlantic accounting firms – one of only five Pennsylvania firms to make the list.

The magazine bases its rankings on a firm’s level of revenue that sets them in the top tier of their region. In February, Pennsylvania Business Central also named Boyer & Ritter among the “Top 100 Organizations” in the state for the third year in a row.

“We are honored to make the list of top accounting firms in Pennsylvania and our entire region,’’ said Boyer & Ritter principal and CEO Robert J. Murphy. “It reflects a commitment by all of us at Boyer & Ritter to provide a level of service that exceeds our clients’ expectations.’’

Boyer & Ritter has offices in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, and State College.

Central Penn earns military designation

Central Penn College has announced that it has earned the 2018–2019 Military Friendly School designation. This is the fourth straight year that the college has been recognized.

Criteria for the designation were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“Central Penn is honored once again to receive this designation,” said Linda Fedrizzi, interim co-president and provost/vice president for academic affairs. “We have a long history of welcoming veterans and active military personnel into our educational family. Currently, there are more than 80 students who are either veterans or who are serving with the U.S. military or the National Guard.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. More than 1,400 schools participated in the 2018–2019 survey with 941 earning the designation.

“Our flexible course offerings––including online and blended classes––enable our military-involved students to complete their coursework, even if they are assigned or deployed outside of the Central Penn area,” said Dan Guerrisi, the college’s military benefits coordinator.

The 2018- 2019 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Members 1st hires

Members 1st Federal Credit Union has announced that Bob West has been named Executive Vice President for Information Technology Systems and Chief Information Officer, and Jason L. Reimer has been named Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

West has over 30 years of technology experience crossing industries from food manufacturing, and banking and financial services. Prior to coming to Members 1st he spent 6 years in the United States Air Force in command and control systems. West was formerly the Vice President of Information Technology at Members 1st prior to moving to North Carolina where he was CIO/CTO of Truliant Federal Credit Union and most recently served as Vice President of Service Management for Fiserv focusing on over 150 Strategic and Mid-Market Credit Union clients.

West attended the USAF University, Wilson College, and the Center or Creative Leadership.

Prior to joining Members 1st, Reimer served as a Principal at Post & Schell, P.C. in which he counseled clients in regards to litigation strategy, transactional issues, real estate acquisitions, permitting, commercial contracts, negotiations, and complex regulations and standards. He also was active in the merchant antitrust litigation challenging the Visa, MasterCard and American Express interchange and merchant acquiring rules.

Reimer holds a Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from the American University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the State YMCA of Pennsylvania and YMCA Youth Trust Fund. He has also earned the Rising Star Award from Pennsylvania Super-Lawyer from 2013 through 2018.

Members 1st FCU serves more than 380,000 members through its locations in south-central Pennsylvania.

DOCEO hires

DOCEO Office Solutions has hired Kim Cregan as a Technology Consultant for their growing Sales Team. Kim will educate and provide office solutions to York County businesses and non-profits that include multifunction printers, desktop printers, wide-format systems, hardware/scanning systems and document management software.

Kim brings over 20 years of sales and customer service experience to DOCEO. Prior to joining DOCEO, she was the Controller at Carpets by Martin where she was responsible for all internal operations. Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mansfield University.

DOCEO has seven office locations in York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Hanover, Baltimore and Westminster, MD.

UPMC hires

Steve Babcock has been named director of sales support and administration at UPMC Health Plan. Babcock will be responsible for leading UPMC Health Plan’s commercial membership growth in eastern Pennsylvania as well as growing the sales teams throughout the region.

“Steve brings more than 25 years of healthcare expertise in eastern Pennsylvania along with a proven track record of building relationships and increasing sales throughout this important growth corridor,” said Timothy Schmid, senior director of sales and account management for UPMC Health Plan. “His business development experience at both national and regional health plans will be vital as UPMC Health Plan continues to expand its product offerings across Pennsylvania.”

Prior to joining UPMC Health Plan, Babcock was the director of business development at Geisinger Health Plan for the previous six years. Throughout his career in health care, Babcock also served in sales roles for more than 15 years at HealthAmerica, where he was responsible for commercial group sales in 20 north-central PA. counties, as well as outreach roles at the Susquehanna Health System Sports Medicine Center in Williamsport.

Babcock earned a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. He serves on the business advisory board for Lock Haven University’s business and accounting program.

PSECU names board member

Matthew B. Wagoner, a teacher at Red Land High School in the West Shore School District, was elected to the Board of Directors of PSECU, Pennsylvania’s largest credit union, during a meeting on March 23. Wagoner’s appointment as Director follows his service to the organization as an Associate Director since 2016.

“In building a Board of Directors best able to guide the direction of PSECU and serve our more than 430,000 members, it is important that specific skillsets of expertise are represented,” explained Jodi Blanch, PSECU Board Chair. “Financial education has been, and will continue to be, an area of significant importance to us as we strive to provide our members with the tools and resources they need to manage their money, and ultimately, find financial success. Matthew Wagoner’s strong background in the education field supports those efforts and will be of great benefit to the credit union well into the future.”

At Red Land High School, Wagoner teaches physics and advanced placement physics courses and advises the school’s rocket club. He has also contributed to the West Shore School District’s strategic planning, professional development, and curriculum writing efforts, and was named its Professional Employee of the Year for 2010-2011.

Wagoner earned his Bachelor of Science from Shippensburg University and holds a Master’s from Frostburg University.

Wagoner fills a position on the PSECU Board of Directors that became available upon the retirement of longtime Board Director Frank J. Breiner who served in the role since 1973.

Barley Snyder grows

Midstate law firm Barley Snyder has pooled its extensive experience in the senior care sector to form a Senior Living Industry Group dedicated to serving the needs of the firm’s senior living clients.

The firm has a long history of working with the senior living industry to assist its clients in expanding their missions while remaining legally compliant.

“We have worked closely with the senior living industry for many years and have a number of exciting projects underway for our clients. We recognize that it’s an industry facing many new changes and opportunities so we formed this group to consolidate our senior living resources,” said Christopher J. Churchill, the chair of the new group. “Federal and state regulations have become more complex for senior living communities, and clients require law firms that fill their needs at all levels. This is our way of showing our commitment to the big picture.”

More than a dozen attorneys currently fill out the group with experience in health care, real estate, construction, tax-exempt finance, employment and the various legal areas that impact senior living communities.

“Barley Snyder is well-equipped to be the one-stop legal partner for this industry,” Churchill said.

UPMC grows venture

UPMC Pinnacle has announced that its outpatient locations in Carlisle, Lancaster and York will be added to its joint venture with Select Medical as of April 16.

These services will be part of the joint venture created in 2014 with Select Medical, which includes the 55-bed Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital in Harrisburg and another eight outpatient centers providing physical therapy and other related services throughout central Pennsylvania. The joint venture centers will be operated as Select Physical Therapy.

Select Physical Therapy is part of the Select Medical Outpatient Division. Select Physical Therapy and its sister brand, NovaCare Rehabilitation, offer more than 200 locations throughout Pennsylvania.

The transition of UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle, Lancaster and Memorial services adds five outpatient centers to the joint venture. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"As we continue to integrate our newest hospitals into UPMC Pinnacle, bringing all outpatient physical therapy services into this arrangement will simplify access for patients," said Philip W. Guarneschelli, FACHE, president and CEO of UPMC Pinnacle. "Select Medical continues to be a national leader in rehabilitation and post-acute care. This arrangement reflects our deep commitment to the local community, and facilitating care coordination throughout UPMC Pinnacle promotes better health."

UPMC Pinnacle patients in Carlisle and York will continue to access the same locations and use the same phone numbers.

MPIMP presents awards

Meeting Professionals International Middle Pennsylvania Chapter (MPIMP) presented its annual chapter awards at an educational luncheon in Harrisburg on April 6. The Middle Pennsylvania Chapter is one of MPI’s top performing chapters with more than 150 members. In order to qualify for a chapter award, one must be a member of an industry related association or organization and an active chapter participant.

Mary Costik, CMP, meeting manager of the Pennsylvania Municipal League, Harrisburg, was chosen as 2018 Planner of the Year for her outstanding contributions to the chapter and to the field of meetings and events planning. She is the outgoing vice president of membership for MPIMP.

The 2018 Supplier of the Year award was presented to Judy Bagrowski, senior sales manager of Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, Bedford. She has been a member of the hospitality industry for over 20 years and a member of MPIMP since 2014 where she serves on the special events and membership committees.

The 2018 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Kerri Fay, sales manager of Hilton Harrisburg, for her participation in chapter committees, her role in the design and administration of new and ongoing chapter programs and for embodying the spirit of volunteerism.

Each year, MPIMP honors a member for their outstanding recruitment efforts. There was a three-way tie for the 2018 Recruiter of the Year award. Recipients are: Lutricia Eberly, director of sales at Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry, and 2016 MPIMP president; Jeanmarie Kline, CMP, director of global accounts at HelmsBriscoe, Grantville, MPIMP director of communications and special events committee member; and Valerie Tulli, CMP, director of global accounts at HelmsBriscoe, Grantville, and MPIMP membership and special events committees member.

MPIMP added the Young Professional & Rising Star this year to honor a young professional with five or less years of professional experience. Jenna Koslosky, group sales manager of Wyndham Garden York, was chosen for her positive contributions to the chapter where she coordinated the annual scholarship fundraiser and member-recruitment events.

Silver Spring Square sold

CBRE has announced that it has successfully arranged for the sale of Silver Spring Square, a 342,600 square-foot grocery-anchored center located on Route 11.

The CBRE team of Brad Nathanson, executive vice president, and John Colussi, sales associate, negotiated on behalf of the seller, DDR Corp, and identified the buyer, The Wilder Companies, in partnership with an institutional real estate fund.

Built in 2007, this shopping center hosts a substantial amount of the industry leaders and national tenants, anchored by a 126,240-square foot Wegmans Supermarket. This is Wegmans only store serving the greater Harrisburg MSA.

The property is shadow-anchored by a 139,377-square foot Target and an 87,000 square foot Kohl’s, bringing the contiguous square footage of this destination retail center to 568,977 square feet.

The property is 98 percent occupied as of closing including a recent new lease with Old Navy in 12,295 square feet, that will be occupying a portion of the former Office Max space, continuing to provide an exciting shopping experience to the greater Western Shore.

“Silver Spring Square fits perfectly into our acquisition platform targeting dominant grocer-anchored centers throughout the East Coast,” said Shelley Anderson, Director of New Business Development at Wilder. “We are excited to reestablish our expertise in the Pennsylvania market.”

Boyer & Ritter hires

Boyer & Ritter LLC, one of the region’s largest accounting firms, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark W. Banks, CPA, to serve its growing client base throughout central Pennsylvania.

Banks previously worked as a staff auditor for a national accounting firm, where he assisted clients in the manufacturing and retail industries. He will join Boyer & Ritter’s employee benefits plan audit group as well as the manufacturing and retail industry groups.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 2014 and Master of Accountancy in 2015 from the university’s Smeal College of Business. Banks is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).

Boyer & Ritter has offices in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, and State College.

Mid Penn Bank hires

Mid Penn Bank has announced the appointment of Evan J. Dickinson as commercial loan officer. A resident of Mechanicsburg, Dickinson previously served as an associate for Boyer & Ritter Certified Public Accounting Firm.

Dickinson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Moravian College. In the community, Dickinson is involved with Harrisburg Young Professionals.

Mid Penn Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: MPB), headquartered in Millersburg, Pennsylvania, has been serving the community since 1868. Mid Penn has 29 retail locations in the state of Pennsylvania, including Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Lancaster, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Westmoreland counties.

Capital BlueCross awards

Capital BlueCross has recognized company employees who go above and beyond when it comes to community service. The 1st annual Give Fearless Employee Recognition Event, held at the company’s headquarters on April 19, honored forty employees from Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Nominated by their peers, each employee dedicates multiple hours each month to community service. Examples of their volunteerism include health, military, children’s, and animal organizations, as well as faith-based and women’s charities.

“As a community-based health insurer, Capital BlueCross is proud to have many employees who give their time and resources to help those in need,” said Gary D. St. Hilaire, President and CEO, Capital BlueCross. “With so many things pulling at our time, including work and family commitments, going the extra mile to help a charity or other organization is commendable.”

Three employees received the special honor of being named 2018 Volunteer of the Year:

Barbara Gertzen of Enola - For over twenty years, Barb has volunteered 10-12 hours per week with Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association, also known as CATRA. She helps many adults and children with special needs as they experience and share time with the various therapy animals. Barb also spends numerous hours caring for the therapy animals and their habitats.

Christine Kokinda of Mertztown, Berks County - Since 2011, Chris has invested many hours every month supporting Friend, Inc. Community Services, a food pantry in Kutztown, PA. Once a month, she goes right from work to the food pantry and volunteers all evening. She uses her own vacation time to return to the food pantry the next day to stock shelves and prepare boxes of donations for families in need. She also works to acquire extra donations around the holidays and assists with special fundraising events. During the holidays, Chris and her coworkers at Capital BlueCross fill boxes of items needed for a full holiday dinner for at least five families

Chris Lowe of Liverpool, Perry County - For over 15 years, Chris has dedicated at least 12 hours a month to the Perry County Food Bank, as well as her local church food bank. She currently serves as the food bank site coordinator at her church. When she is not working in the food bank, she solicits grocery stores for gift cards or fresh food donations to add to the food bank distribution bags. Chris also works to secure a grant each year that supports the pantry’s efforts and helps with the clothing bank. If a family can’t make it to the food bank to pick up food, she will deliver the food to them.

Karns aids libraries

Karns Foods, a local family-owned grocery business with eight locations through Central Pennsylvania recently announced the launching of Karns “Bags for Books” Program in support of 10 area libraries.

Each time a shopper at any Karns location uses a reusable bag for their groceries, Karns will donate 3 cents to the program. Customers can use their own reusable bag,s or bags are available at each Karns’ location.

“Our libraries’ contribution to our communities, in terms of the education and resources they provide, is invaluable,” said Scott Karns, president of Karns Foods. “For us, Earth Day was the perfect kickoff because part of the big benefit of this program is to help the environment by reducing bag waste. The ‘Bags for Books’ Program is something our stores and customers can be part of to help our libraries continue their legacy of making a positive impact on the lives of so many residents in the region.”

The money raised will be distributed evenly among all of the participating libraries, including: Amelia Givin Library, Bosler Library, East Pennsboro Library, East Shore Library, Fredricksen Library, Hershey Public Library, Middletown Public Library, New Bloomfield Public Library, Joseph T. Simpson Public Library and William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library.

Half of the donations to the libraries will be cash and half will be in the form of Karns gift cards. Each library is anticipated to receive between $500 and $1,500 per year from the program.

“We are very excited to be part of the ‘Bags for Books’ Program,” said Sue Erdman of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library. “To have the support of Karns Foods is tremendous and I think it’s a great way for the community to be involved in the effort as well. We count on the support from the community to be able to continue to deliver the services that so many people count on.”

Karns Foods has store locations in Boiling Springs, Carlisle, Hershey, Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, Middletown, New Bloomfield and Paxton Square.

Members 1st hires

Members 1st Federal Credit Union has announced that Mike Wilson of Elizabethtown has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and Communications.

“Mike has built great relationships internally and externally. He has excellent skills that will serve us well in the community visibility, public relations, branding and relationship building aspects of our strategic plan. We are excited to have him lead this important area of our business,” said George Nahodil, Members 1st President & CEO.

Wilson joined Members 1st in 2016 as a Vice President in Relationship Management, a position that assists individual and business members with consumer and commercial products - or as Mike calls it, serving as a “personal concierge” to members for all Members 1st needs.

Wilson brings a broad range of experience to his new role. Previously he has served as Senior Director, Government Relations & Outreach for Commonwealth Charter Academy and as Special Assistant to the Secretary with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He has also held various marketing and public relations roles since 2001. He is active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for Children’s Miracle Network, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau; the Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority; and the Harrisburg Land Bank.

Wilson earned his MBA in Business Administration, Management and Operations from Eastern University and is also a graduate of the Disney Institute of Business.

Members 1st FCU serves more than 380,000 members through its locations in south-central Pennsylvania.

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