In this difficult time, the Foundation, PHP and LifeGuard staff members are committed to meeting your needs virtually. You may reach us the following ways…

Foundation Staff: Phone: (717) 558-7750 or (800) 228-7823 and Email: foundation@pamedsoc.org 
PHP Staff:
Phone: (866) 747-2255 or (717) 558-7819, Friday (emergency calls only) Phone: (717) 558-7817, Fax: (855) 933-2605 and Email: php-foundation@pamedsoc.org
LifeGuard Staff: Phone: 717-909-2590, Fax: (855) 943-3361 and Email: info@lifeguardprogram.com 

Additional resource: Face COVID – How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis by Dr. Russ Harris

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A season of change

By: Heather A. Wilson, MSW, CFRE, FCPP

How many of you enjoy change? Rarely do I meet folks who say, “Please turn everything upside down and bring significant change into my life.” As a mother of an autistic young man, I know the potential impact of the smallest change. To help him to adapt, I’ve learned that planning when possible, and compassion and communication in many forms are the essential key ingredients to approaching an unanticipated or completely expected diversion from the status quo.

And so it goes with the Foundation as well. We are in a season of change within our Physicians’ Health Program. This fall we welcomed Tiffany Booher, MA, LPC, CAADC, CIP, CCSM as our new program director. Tiffany has been part of our PHP team for more than five years. Her clinical depth is quite impressive, and her knowledge of the program and past efforts to improve the program’s procedures and protocols speak for themselves. Tiffany is highly regarded for her commitment to our participants and her colleagues at the local, state and national levels.

As soon as we announced Tiffany’s appointment, we learned of PHP Medical Director Dr. Jon Shapiro’s intent to retire at the end of the year. Jon is preparing to welcome his first grandchild into the world and he would like greater flexibility to travel with his wife across the globe. Our PHP is blessed to have two medical directors, and Dr. Raymond Truex Jr. will continue to work closely with Tiffany and our staff to guide our participants. We are currently interviewing potential candidates and hope to announce the name of our second medical director before year end. We want to extend the deepest gratitude to Dr. Shapiro for his dedication and devotion to the PHP. His time with the PHP will be a warm and wonderful memory as we reflect upon the humor, wisdom and thoughtfulness he brought to our program.

Things happen in threes; therefore, the last change I should share with you is we will be moving to a new location near Mechanicsburg in June 2020. The building is currently under construction. The Foundation has taken steps to maintain a secure and confidential PHP and LifeGuard meeting space for our staff and participants throughout the time of transition. We have outlined our process to maintain the highest level of security for our records as we are unwavering in our aim to protect and preserve confidentiality at all times.

Through all of these opportunities to look at things differently we will answer any questions you may have. We celebrate the opportunity to promote a deeply invested colleague as the new PHP director. We understand the sadness associated with wishing “Je vous souhaite tous mes meilleurs voeux” to a beloved medical director who has been an essential part of the PHP family. We know you will need directions to our new headquarters and we hope that you will come by to check out our new digs next summer.

As we prepare for a new year, I extend my deepest appreciation to those who lead, guide, give and serve. Our Foundation wish for you is good health, prosperity and joy. Change is inevitable; how we adapt is the lasting legacy.

 

Be well,

Heather A. Wilson, MSW, CFRE, FCPP