Angela Hummel Awarded the Heritage Award from the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce
By Rick Dandes for the Daily Item
The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards ceremony on Thursday at the Degenstein Campus Center at Susquehanna University.
Ellen Lazur won the Karen L. Hackman Star of Excellence Award after playing a major role in the chamber’s membership campaign drive last fall.
Lazur, who is a licensed Realtor and assistant at Bowen Agency Realtors, helped the chamber net 150 new members.
“This is such a great honor,” Lazur said. “I am very proud to be here.”
The 260 people in attendance heard guest speakers Dr. Glenn D. Steele Jr., president and CEO of Geisinger Health Systems, and Aris Melisseratos, of John Hopkins University and Hospital Technology Transfer Office.
Steele discussed ways to improve health care and the importance of taking advantage of what resources and creativity Geisinger has.
“We can test different ways of trying to figure out how to treat people differently and improve quality outcome,” Steele said. “Because the health care structure is so fragmented in variations, it is leading to lower quality and higher costs.”
Melisseratos agreed with Steele and told the crowd that the country needs to become more efficient.
“We can drill and take energy out of the earth in a clean way,” Melisseratos said.“We need to make the country look young again, and my prescription for the country is invest in research.”
Business of the year honors went to Merck Pharmaceuticals, in Riverside, for its 13,000 volunteer hours to its surrounding communities every year.
Merck’s 435 employees donate about $41,000 per year to local charities and that number is matched 100 percent by the company.
Small Business of the year went to the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau for bringing more than 1.8 million visitors to the Valley. It is estimated that more than $270 million was spent in the tri-county region the visitors bureau serves.
Finally the Dan Foss Heritage Award was given to Angela Hummel.
Hummel, who is the director of organizational development at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, accepted the award for her community leadership in the Valley.
“I live here because I choose to live here,” Hummel said. “There is no place I would rather be.”
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