Ciotola, Ransom named to Rural Health Care Workgroup
Rural Health Summit set Aug. 30
BALTIMORE — Queen Anne’s County Health Officer Joseph Ciotola has been selected to co-chair the Rural Health Care Workgroup that was created during the 2016 Legislative Session. The workgroup on rural health care delivery was developed by the Maryland Health Care Commission to oversee a study of health care delivery in the Middle Shore region and to develop a plan for meeting the health care needs of the five counties — Caroline, Dorchester, Kent Queen Anne’s and Talbot.
Chief Executive Officer of the Maryland State Medical Society Gene Ransom and member Richard Colgan were also selected as members of the workgroup. Colgan is with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Ciotola is also the medical director for the county’s Department of Emergency Services. Under Ciotola’s leadership, Queen Anne’s County began operating a pilot program called the Mobile Integrated Community Health Program in August 2014. The MICH program creates a team composed of a public health nurse and a paramedic who can jointly visit individuals in their home and link patients to community resources to improve health outcomes and reduce trips to hospital emergency departments.
Ransom, a former Queen Anne’s County commissioner, expressed excitement for the opportunity. “This task force allows the Eastern Shore to determine and request its health care needs for generations to come,” he said.
Now that the new board has been selected, the Maryland Health Care Commission is planning to host a Rural Health Summit on rural health care delivery at Chesapeake College, 100 College Circle, Wye Mills, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Information about the meeting, including any meeting materials, will be posted to the commission’s website: http://mhcc.maryland.gov/mhcc/pages/ home/workgroups/workgroups_rural_health.aspx.
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DR. JOSEPH CIOTOLA