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YO R K C O M E D S O C . O R G

IN THE NEWS:

FEATURE:

Cowboy Rick
WSRH Volunteer
Anniversary

R

ick Fenlock says he still has
a lot of people to thank.
And so, he continues to
show up to WellSpan Surgery and
Rehabilitation Hospital.
"It's pretty simple," he said.
"They helped me out. I wanted to
be able to give back."

In early 2018 the Seven Valleys
native broke his neck and spent
42 days at WellSpan Surgery and
Rehabilitation Hospital, regaining
his strength and movement through inpatient physical therapy.
Cowboy Rick, as he is known at the hospital, has been working with
animals since he was 15, and is a professional farrier (a craftsman who trims
and shoes horses' hooves). He also was competitive in the rodeo.
Now he donates his time transporting patients to and from rehabilitation
and other care areas at the hospital. And just last week, he celebrated his oneyear anniversary of volunteering with the staff.
"He's here on weekends. He's here on weekdays. He's even here when it
snows," said Deb Burke, nursing assistant.
The more than 6-foot-tall arrives every day in his powder blue pickup
truck. He's an imposing figure in the hospital, but his humility is what stands
out.
"If I'm not doing anything at home, why not come here and help out?"
asked Fenlock. "This is where my time is best spent."
April 4 was Rick's one-year anniversary of his discharge from the hospital.
Always in a giving mood, he brought in his homemade cream of crab soup for
the staff to celebrate the occasion. In turn, staff presented him with a cake to
honor his dedication to volunteering.
"He's a member of our family, and we really enjoy him being around," said
Megan Anderson, clinical supervisor of physical therapy, WellSpan Surgery
and Rehabilitation Hospital.
Cowboy Rick still receives outpatient rehabilitation therapy at the hospital
two days a week. He even finds time to volunteer on some of the days of those
appointments.

SCOPE OF
PRACTICE
UPDATE
As we recently reported, PAMED's Board of
Trustees voted to support the general tenets of a
pilot project that would allow qualified CRNPs
to practice independently in Federally Designated
Health Professional Shortage Areas as proposed by
Rep. David Hickernell, with the understanding that
our final support would depend on the inclusion of
key elements in the final proposal.
On Feb. 19, we were informed by Rep.
Hickernell that the Pa. Coalition of Nurse
Practitioners rejected his proposal, focusing instead
on continued efforts to gain unlimited independent
practice for CRNPs in Pennsylvania. PAMED
has been informed that Rep. Hickernell will be
sending a letter to his colleagues in the House of
Representatives in the near future informing them
of the nurses' position. We plan to share that letter
directly with our physician members upon its
release.
As discussions continue, things can always
change. PAMED will keep our membership
apprised accordingly.

MEDICAL STUDENT
LOAN APPLICATIONS
The York County Medical Society is now accepting
medical student loan applications. If you have been
accepted to a medical school and wish to apply for a
loan please contact Liz Torres at LizYCMS@comcast.
net and an application will be forwarded to you. You
must submit a CV along with your application. Please
mail your completed application and CV to York
County Medical Society, P.O. Box 7346, York, PA
17404 or you may e-mail your application and CV
to LizYCMS@comcast.net. Requests are due no later
than April 30, 2020. All applicants will be notified
by mail no later than May 31, 2020 in regard to their
request.

"I'm already here," he said. "Why not help out a bit."
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