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placed prevention materials in bodegas, churches and businesses
in the Hispanic/Latino and Black communities. We partnered
with health centers and community health coalitions to provide
directed outreach, testing, education and medical services where
it was most needed.
There is more work to be done, but we are starting to see the
disparity between ethnic and racial groups shrink.
Data also shows us that positive cases are more common
among teens and young adults in our communities. And we
have learned, like others across the country, that while they are
infected, they generally don't get as sick or die as often as adults
do. In fact, they may be asymptomatic and unknowingly spread
the virus to older, more vulnerable adults. Our providers are
sharing important information about appropriate testing and
return-to-school guidance, where allowable, so that schools can
abide by the state Department of Health guidance, and children
can return to school and other activities when it is safe for them
to do so and not infect others needlessly.

Modeling safe, healthy behavior
We know that COVID-19 cases are sharply on the rise. Flu
season is on the horizon. We are working tirelessly to encourage
our teams and the residents of our communities to practice safe,
healthy behavior during this pivotal time.
We have had to make some difficult decisions, as a health
system and as individuals, to slow the spread of the virus. We have
had to temporarily restrict visitation at our hospitals. Families
have needed to sacrifice their traditional holiday gatherings.
For our part, we are continuing to keep a close eye on our
operations and daily review how we can continue to safely operate.
We are sharing resources with employers, business partners,
community leaders and agencies across the region where we are
located. We are continuing to vaccinate community members
with the flu shot, which is particularly important this year.
We want to engage our communities to help everyone
understand that it is within their power to help keep the virus
levels down. We know what works and are urging people to keep
wearing masks, social distancing and staying away from crowds.
Together, we are strong.

Anthony Aquilina, D.O., Executive Vice President and
Chief Physician Executive, WellSpan Health
Anthony Aquilina, D.O., joined WellSpan in July 2020 as
executive vice president and chief physician executive for the
health system.
Aquilina came to WellSpan after more than 25 years at
Geisinger Health, most recently serving as regional president of
Geisinger Northeast. In that role he was responsible for developing
strategic partnerships, growth and planning for Geisinger delivery
system services and was accountable for excellence in clinical care,
operational efficiency and financial success.
In his new role, Aquilina will serve as WellSpan's senior
physician leader. He will align and engage providers in strategic
priorities, including quality and experience. Aquilina will also act
as president of WellSpan Medical Group and clinical executive of
all service lines.
In partnership with John Porter, executive vice president and
chief operating officer of WellSpan Health, Aquilina will have
executive oversight of physician and clinical practice, hospital
operations, ambulatory and home care, population health and
graduate medical education.
Prior to serving as regional president, Aquilina served as chief
medical officer of Geisinger Community Medical Center and
regional medical director for Geisinger Health Plan, among other
positions.
Aquilina has also been actively involved in medical education,
serving as a faculty member with Geisinger Commonwealth
School of Medicine and King's College Physician's Assistant
Program.
Aquilina earned his bachelor's degree from Penn State
University, his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine and a Master of Business Administration
from Auburn University in Alabama. He is a board-certified
family practitioner and geriatrician and was a practicing primary
care physician with Geisinger since 1993.
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