Six UPMC Altoona employees had the opportunity to participate in legislative meetings in Harrisburg on March 11.
The Altoona group traveled with two busloads of UPMC employees from other locations.
The UPMC participants were split into small groups, and each had the opportunity to meet with two to three legislators or staff.
UPMC Altoona employees visited Harrisburg for UPMC Health Care Professionals’ Advocacy Day. Shown are (from left):?front — Barb Kuhn, registered nurse, clinical manager; and Brenda Smithmyer, RN, nurse manager; back — Greg Madison, cardio/pulmonary specialty services manager; Kevin Pruznak, RN, nurse manager; Michele Iuzzolino, RN, clinical manager; and Dave Bickers, RN, certified registered nurse practitioner.
Each group was accompanied by a lobbyist who helped facilitate discussion.
Michele Iuzzolino, clinical manager in the emergency department, was among those who attended.
"Each of us were ready with a one- to two-sentence introduction that explained what we do and how government intervention in the health care market would make it harder for us to treat patients," Iuzzolino said. "It was a great experience."