Waverly Community House to celebrate National Women’s History Month

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WAVERLY TWP. — The Special Programs Committee of the Waverly Community House (the Comm), 1115 N. Abington Road, will celebrate National Women’s History Month with a luncheon on Friday, March 23 at Glen Oak Country Club in Clarks Summit.

Sponsored by Geisinger, the luncheon will feature keynote speaker Karen Murphy, executive vice-president, chief innovation officer and founding director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Geisinger. Her presentation will focus on “Renewal and Reinvention.”

A cash bar reception will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. Non-alcoholic drinks are included in the ticket price. Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. and features a choice of entrée selections. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to the Waverly Community House by March 19 with a check for $35 per person and their entrée selections.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the CommKids Interactive Learning Center.

Murphy has worked to improve and transform healthcare delivery throughout her career in both the public and private sectors. Before joining Geisinger, she served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health addressing significant health issues facing the state, including the opioid epidemic.

Prior to her role as secretary, Murphy served as director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, leading a $990 million CMS investment designed to accelerate health care innovation across the United States. She previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, and as founder and chief executive officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc., an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor.

Murphy earned her doctor of philosophy in business administration from the Temple University Fox School of Business. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Marywood University, a Bachelor of Science in liberal arts from The University of Scranton, and a diploma in nursing from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing.

An author and national speaker on health policy and innovation, Murphy also serves as a clinical faculty member at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

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