LEWISBURG — Health of the Valley Coalition will be hosting a symposium from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Union County Public Library, 225 Reitz Blvd., titled “Healthcare in the Susquehanna Valley” and will discuss how federal funding impacts the quality of healthcare.

The event will feature five guest speakers including: Bill Franquet, CPA, Evangelical Community Hospital; Bette Grey, BA, RRT, CPFT, Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic; Karen Leonovich, Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging; Perry Meadows, Geisinger Health Plan; and Robin Stelly, Pennsylvania Health Access Network.

Bill Franquet, CPA, is the associate vice president for revenue cycle at Evangelical Community Hospital. He has more than 20 years experience in financial systems. From his beginning in internal audit, to time spent in public accounting as a CPA working with healthcare and technology clients, the foundation was built for him to move into hospital and physician revenue cycle management. Rounding out his operational background is years as a strategic revenue cycle consultant that exposed him to leading industry best practices being implemented across the continuum of care at hospitals all over the country.

Bette Grey, BA, RRT, CPFT has been involved in healthcare since 1982, primarily as a respiratory care practitioner. She founded Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Inc., after having no health insurance. The clinic opened in 2007. After directing the clinic until 2015, she created Grey Medical Advocate LLC, becoming a private patient advocate. She is developing community health projects and is the author of “Death is Not an Option: A View From A Free Medical Clinic.”

Karen Leonovich is currently serving as the agency administrator at Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging. She has been involved in the Aging Network since 1998. She served as an older adult protective services investigator and supervisor for approximately 10 years at Columbia/Montour Aging Office Inc. Leonovich began her employment as the deputy administrator at Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging in 2012 and was promoted to agency administrator in 2015. The Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging provides services and supports to older adults (60 years and older) residing in Northumberland County.

Dr. Perry Meadows is medical director, government programs Geisinger Health Plan (G-HP). He is the medical lead for government programs, which includes Medicare and Medicaid. His responsibilities include health care services and the development of medical necessity guidelines for Geisinger Health Plan. He is the medical director lead for GHP fraud, waste and abuse and is involved in multiple initiatives related to the opioid epidemic. Meadows has been with Geisinger Health Plan since August 2014. Prior to joining GHP, he was in Louisville, Kentucky, for several years. Meadows graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Master of Science in biological sciences and Doctorate of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Marshall University School of Medicine in family practice. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also received his Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University and M.B.A. from Regis University.

Robin Stelly started working for PHAN in 2016 after working for more than a decade as a community organizer around the issues of economic justice, immigration rights and healthcare reform. Stelly graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in economics. She also has a Master’s in education. At PHAN, Stelly’s work involves reaching out to healthcare consumers to enourage them to share their experiences within the healthcare system in order to defend Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and the consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act. Stelly will continue to work with consumers and connect them to advocates and activists so that policy makers will have access to the concerns of their neighbors and constituents as healthcare policies are crafted and implemented.

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