Rural Healthcare Today

My husband and I spent six hours in the hallway in the Emergency Department at Robert Packer Hospital last week. He is alright now; he had been sent there by his primary care doctor due to concerning symptoms. There were no rooms available in the Emergency Department. In fact, we were told that there were no rooms to be had anywhere in the hospital. ICU patients were using Emergency rooms and every other available room. So, they situated my husband, along with six other patients we could see, on a bed in the hallway. They gave me a chair so I could sit with him, between him and the next patient.

All of my husband’s health assessments took place in the hallway in full view and easy earshot of the other patients and hospital staff. We saw and heard everyone else’s health assessments as well. We heard the story of a motor vehicle accident told and retold. We heard full names, birth dates and test results of other patients clearly. We witnessed everyone’s depression and domestic abuse screenings. We heard and saw an elderly woman crying in pain for over an hour with no privacy for her suffering.

What’s the point of this story? Let’s set aside the immediate cause of this situation, an influx of COVID cases. Let’s set aside the flagrant (HIPPA) privacy violations. Staff were making the best of a bad situation, a situation largely outside their control.

Let’s look for the root cause of the problem. The root of the healthcare crisis in rural Pennsylvania is the market. There is no competition in healthcare in rural Pennsylvania, even when there are alternative providers within a reasonable distance.

Bradford is a border county. New York is less than ten minutes from the hospital in Sayre. From our house, in Warren Center, there are four other hospitals with Emergency Departments just as close as the one in Sayre. They, however, are all in New York and they are all out of network for our insurance.

Regional medical groups, like Guthrie, have swallowed up all of the competition within the county. They absorbed the Troy Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital in Towanda making them the only hospital provider in the county. Insurance barriers restrain us from seeking care across state lines, where Lourdes, UHS and Arnot Health all have hospitals with Emergency Departments.

What encourages these medical monopolies to flourish? Our healthcare and health insurance regulations. Begun in 1945 and continued despite efforts at reform, the current healthcare and health insurance system encourages regional monopolies. It limits patient choice and drives up cost.

We need change.

SMASH for Charity

Beginning at 5:30pm, join us for a Social Mixer in The Break Room lounge and adjoining restaurant for light refreshments and good conversation with many of our guest speakers for Perspectives on Freedom. No pre-registration required. A $10 donation is requested at the door to cover help cover expenses. Any proceeds from the Mixer will be split between the two charities.

SMASH: Beginning at 7pm (Space is Limited)
Register for a 15-minute SMASH session in either Spike’s Room or Tasha’s Room in The Break Room!

SMASH Premium Registration: $35 An individual 15 minute SMASH session, just you plus either Spike or Tasha in the room.

SMASH Regular Registration: $20 A 15 minute SMASH session, you plus 2 other regular registrants in the room with either Spike or Tasha.

Who will raise the most $ for their charity? Spike’s Charity is Transitional Living Centers, Inc. Tasha’s is A Community Clinic, Inc.

Tasha’s Room
Spike’s Room

For both registration options you will get with a plate you can write on and other items to smash with a baseball bat! You must sign the liability waiver to participate. The Break Room provides all safety equipment.

All proceeds from the SMASH for Charity & Mixer benefit Transitional Living Centers, Inc of Williamsport, PA and A Community Clinic, Inc of Sunbury, PA. Click on their names to visit their websites.

Picture Rocks, PA

This was a slow week for miles, but I made it 7 miles down the road to Picture Rocks, PA!

67 miles down and 216 to go in my virtual walk to DC!

You can join me! (CLICK HERE) Sponsor my miles or collect donations yourself! We are on a path to bring real representation back to the House of Representatives!

My miles do double duty! #LT4CWalkstoDC #CartersHope4Mito

Click here to learn more about Carter Lackey Memorial Miles.

The corn is coming along beautifully along Rt 220 just north of Picture Rocks, PA!

Endorsement from Stephen Wahrhaftig

“This is the type of candidate we need to support. A true Libertarian who can present ideas that the voting public is ready to support. Liz Terwilliger has a real chance of winning, as evidenced by the support that is growing for her candidacy. I have never met a Libertarian candidate who has worked so hard to gain recognition in her district. I support Liz wholeheartedly in her bid to become the next Libertarian member of congress.”

Stephen Wahrhaftig

Chair, Libertarian Party of Chester County, Pa.

Cookie Decorating Contest – Montrose

Liz Terwilliger will be at Arts and Crafts on the Green, part of the Kiwanis Club’s July 4th Celebration in Montrose PA on July 5th from 8am-4pm.

We’ll be there talking about the issues that matter to you throughout the day, sharing the world’s smallest political quiz and selling liberty themed items.

10AM-2PM COOKIE DECORATING CONTEST
In the spirit of the craft event, we will be hosting a 4th of July Themed Cookie Decorating Contest.

Cookie Contest is $5 per entry to be paid at the event.

Each entry includes 4 cookies to decorate.

Submit your best cookie for the contest.


Prize Categories: Most Patriotic, Most Creative, People’s Choice

Age Groups for prizes: 5 & Under, 6-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18 and Adult

Contest entrants will judge the Most Patriotic and Most Creative. Everyone Can Vote for the People’s Choice Award!

2:30 PM Cookie Contest Award Announcements.

You have to be present to claim your prize.

CLICK HERE register in advance so we can be sure to have enough cookies for everyone!

What We Need: June Mental Health Forum

June’s Mental Health Forum had to be unexpectedly rescheduled.

For the in-person portion, we will be meeting in the Tea Garden outside the Mad Hatter Cafe and Co-op in Athens, PA.

Join us to share your concerns and ideas for improving mental health and mental health supports in our community. We will be building on our first forum and welcoming new people into the conversation, new perspectives and new ideas for taking action to create change.

This event is FREE!

Join us for all or for part of the discussion.

We will have both in person and virtual participation again.

Please register by if you plan to join us! CLICK HERE to go to the registration form.
If you are joining us virtually, we will email you the meeting info.

What We Need: Community Mental Health Forum II

June is Men’s Health Month.

On the Wednesday before Father’s Day, we will be holding our 2nd Mental Health Forum, with a focus on Men and boys.

Share your concerns and ideas for improving mental health and mental health supports in our community.

We will be building on our first forum and welcoming new people into the conversation, new perspectives and new ideas for taking action to create change.

This event is FREE!


Join us for all or for part of the discussion.

We will have both in person and virtual participation again.

Please register if you plan to join us!

If you are joining us virtually, we will email you the meeting info.

Registration:
https://forms.gle/XuBKQWCmSDH9e5y87

Perspectives on Freedom

Saturday 9/18/21 & Sunday 9/19/21

Bald Birds Brewing Company

220 Shafer Lane, Jersey Shore, PA 17740

Liz Terwilliger for Congress aims to increase public engagement in conversations about issues that affect our freedoms. To that end, the LT4C campaign committee is hosting Perspectives on Freedom where guest speakers and members of the public will converge on a variety of topics via moderated break-out sessions in a “reverse town hall” style format featuring facilitated, open and respectful discussions.

Because space in each break out session is limited, we are assigning numbers to registrants. The earlier you register, the lower your number will be! The lower your number the higher your priority in session selection. We’ll be doing specific session selection in August. Register today to get your number!

MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION CLICK HERE!