Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Chief Clinical Officer appointed to PA State Board of Medicine
March 28, 2022, Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Michael R. Ripchinski, MD, clinical director of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health (LG Health), was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. Ripchinski was nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf and unanimously confirmed by the PA Senate on Feb. 9, 2022. His first meeting with the board was on March 15.
“Governor Wolf made an exceptional choice when he nominated Dr. Ripchinski to serve on the state board of medicine,” Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said. “Dr. Ripchinski brings a range of practical knowledge to the board and has done an outstanding job of communicating with the public throughout the pandemic, including his efforts to promote the availability, safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. .
As Clinical Director of LG Health, Dr. Ripchinski collaborates with Medical Directors and Directors of Nursing in the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Medicine) Health System to become a highly trusted, quality-driven organization. and security. He works to shape the future of digital patient engagement with seamless access to patients and providers and user-friendly experiences at scale with teams across Penn Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Ripchinski participates in recruitment, retention, and workforce wellness initiatives to create the best place to work.
Dr. Ripchinski joined LG Health in 2003. He provides administrative leadership to LG Health’s medical and dental staff, works with operations and service line teams to ensure high reliability, and is responsible for quality, safety and analytics within LG Health. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and Certified Physician Executive. Dr. Ripchinski is certified in family medicine and clinical informatics, and practices at the Walter L. Aument Family Health Center in Quarryville.
The State Board of Medicine regulates the practice of medicine through the licensing, registration, and certification of members of the medical profession in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Council regulates physicians, physician assistants, radiology technicians, respiratory therapists, nurse midwives, acupuncturists, practitioners of oriental medicine, perfusionists, behavioral specialists and athletic trainers.
“Whether playing a vital role in establishing the Lancaster County Mass Vaccination Site or providing answers and information to officials and the public throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Ripchinski s is continually focused on the health of the people of Lancaster. County,” said State Sen. Scott Martin (R-13). “I have no doubt that as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, he will continue to use his medical expertise for the benefit of the entire Commonwealth.”
“I am thrilled to have a local Lancaster County medical professional serving statewide,” said State Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36). “Not only is Dr. Ripchinski an exceptional addition to the State Board of Medicine, but his strong record of working to improve the health and lives of residents in our community clearly qualifies him for the role. I have the greatest confidence in his ability to make a valuable contribution to the work of the Council.
The Council also reviews the facilities and qualifications of medical schools and other medical establishments outside the Commonwealth whose trainees or graduates seek licensure, certification or higher medical education in the Commonwealth. Please visit the AP Department of State website to learn more about the state of the AP Board of Medicine.
Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the first medical school in the country) and the University of Pennsylvania Health Systemwhich together make up a $9.9 billion business.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to US News & World Report’s survey of research-intensive medical schools. The school is consistently a top recipient of funding from the nation’s National Institutes of Health, with $546 million awarded in fiscal year 2021.
Patient care facilities in the University of Pennsylvania Health System include: University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center – which are recognized as one of the top “Honor Roll” hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report – Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Other facilities and businesses include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.
Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 52,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients, wherever they live.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community programs and activities. In fiscal year 2021, Penn Medicine provided more than $619 million to benefit our community.