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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF NURSING

April 2012 www.dos.state.pa.us

BOARD MEETING DATES
April 19, 2012
June 4-5, 2012
July 16, 2012
Sept. 20-21, 2012
Oct. 29, 2012
Other board meetings may be scheduled as needed.

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Pennsylvania Health Alert Network (PA‐HAN) February 1, 2012


The Pennsylvania Health Alert Network (PA-HAN) is one of the major ways the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) rapidly distributes information on emerging public health issues (e.g. disease outbreaks) to health care providers, hospitals, emergency management officials, and other public health agencies.   In a typical year, PADOH distributes 20-25 HAN messages to providers via email, fax, or cell phone, depending on user preference.  PADOH feels it is important that all health care providers have access to HAN messages directly or through their health care facility in order to receive critical public health messages.  This assures that public health is protected and allows Pennsylvania’s health care providers to give the best care to your patients and community. 

In mid-2011, PADOH switched to a new software vendor to support and improve the PA-HAN.  The updated system was completed in July and the new version of the PA-HAN can be found at the following link https://han.pa.gov/.  During the conversion process, some users were removed from the system and cannot be reinstated to the user list without re-registering.  PADOH therefore requests that any previous user who is not currently receiving HAN messages register as a Health Alert recipient in the new system.  In addition, any provider who would like to receive HAN messages for the first time should also register in the new system. 

To access the new PA-HAN Registration Site, click on the following link:  https://han.pa.gov/. Under the second paragraph there is a gray ‘Register Now’ button.  This option will walk the user through the registration process.  If you have any questions about the HAN system or the registration requirements, please ask for Stacey Kalinoski in the PADOH at 717-265-8890 or skalinoski@pa.gov




                        Meet the board

   The following are members of the State Board of Nursing as of Jan. 2012:

Joseph J. Napolitano (Allentown, April 2008) PhD, MPH, RN, CRNP is the current Board Chair.  Dr. Napolitano is a Program Officer at The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and The Rider-Pool Foundation.  Napolitano is a member of the executive steering committee of the Lehigh Valley Alliance on Aging and a founding member of the board of The Wellness Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley.  Napolitano previously was a staff nurse and Assistant Nurse Manager in the Trauma/Critical Care - Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.  Prior to his clinical program, Napolitano was Assistant Administrator for Operations in Nursing Administration at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.  A native of New York City, Napolitano has a B.A. from Skidmore College, an MPH from Yale University, a BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Research Theory and Development from New York University.

Ann Coughlin (Philadelphia, December 2010) RN, MSN, MBA is Vice Chair of the Board.  Ms. Coughlin is a Manager of Pharmacy Compliance with Medco Health Solutions.  In this capacity, she serves as state and federal regulatory auditor for the Office of General Counsel and also tracks healthcare legislation.  In the past ten years, she has held positions such as Nursing Supervisor and Clinical Instructor for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Care Management Supervisor at Independence Blue Cross; and Disease Manager/Triage Nurse at COR Solutions.  Coughlin has provided direct patient care as a clinical nurse in addition to performing functions such as Unit Secretary, Director of Admissions, Case Manager, and Discharge Planner at a variety of other medical institutions or companies.  Coughlin received an MSN in 2007 from Thomas Jefferson University, an MBA in 2004 from Rosemont College, a BSN in 2000 from Thomas Jefferson University and a B.A. from Rosemont College in 1989.  She is a member of various professional associations including the American Nursing Association, the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Infusion Nursing Society, and Sigma Theta Tau.






Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.7142 | st-nurse@state.pa.us
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Modified Date: 04/25/2012 12:54 PM