Westcentral District News - Fall 2018

Inside The Issue

messagechairMessage From Our Chair -
Steve Podratsky, PT

Greetings Everyone,
Hopefully everyone had a great summer. I would like to personally thank everyone who has served our district on the Executive Committee over the past year. The PPTA Executive Committee changed this past January with Allison McIntosh taking over as the ExecutiveDirector. Her management group is called Concepts Management Group (CMG) and the new contact number to reach PPTA is (412) 871-3406. Of special note, Allison will be on maternity leave by mid-September and Janita Kilgore will be filling her role while away. Janita can be contacted directly at (412) 871-3406 ext. 114 or at jkilgore@cmemanage.com.

The PPTA office building in Harrisburg is for sale. As we have transitioned into GoToMeeting and webinars, the need for a physicalbuilding has greatly decreased. APTA headquarters in Washington D.C., also has started construction on their new building, with hopes for completion in 2020.

Please continue to support the APTA, PPTA and our Westcentral District.As the health industry continues to evolve, we must rely on support andcommunication within one another to maximize our role in health care. On Oct. 6, we will have a Beer Tasting PAC fundraiser at Tulunes Steak and Alehouse. Our district meetings begin on Sept. 11 at St. FrancisUniversity. PPTA Annual Conference is Oct. 19-21 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA. Be sure to register before Sept. 18 to take advantage of the early bird registration discount. Visit the MovePA Conference webpage for all the course information and to register.

nominatingNominating Committee -
Teo Heckman, PT, DPT

Congratulations to all the officers elected to begin their term on Jan. 1, 2019,and thank you to the people willing to be appointed to fill officer seats that became vacant due to resignation.

Current Officers
Chair: Steve Podratsky (term ends: 12/31/2019)
Vice Chair: Dave Arbuckle (term ends: 12/31/2020)
Treasurer: Teodorico Heckman (Term ends: 12/31/2018)
Secretary: Peg Calvert
Nominating Chair: Teodorico Heckman (term ends: 12/31/2018)
Delegate: Ivan Mulligan (term ends: 12/31/2018)
Membership Chair: Brittany Sponsler

Election Results
Treasurer: Teodorico Heckman (term begins: 1/1/2019; term ends: 12/31/2021)
Nominating Chair: Kyle Ronan (term begins: 1/1/2019; term ends: 12/31/2021)
Delegate: Ivan Mulligan (term begins: 1/1/2019; term ends: 12/31/2021)

legislativeLegislative Issues Fundraiser and PT Month Activity

5K Walk/Run to be held on the campus of St Francis University. Watch for details!

PACeventWestcentral DistrictPAC Fundraiser Event
Join the Westcentral District for a fun night to help fundraise for the PA PT PAC fund!

Dinner and Beer Tasting
Cost: $65 (includes donation)
Oct. 6, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Tulunes Steak & Alehouse
90 Lulay Street, Johnstown, PA 15904
Geistown Cloverleaf across from the Orchard

Beer Pairing
  • Starter Beer - American Sour Gose
  • Japanese Rice Lager with Crackling Pork Belly topped with grilled pineapple
  • Czechoslovakian Pilsner with New England Clam Chowder
  • Belgian Witbier with Crispy Chicken Caesar Orzo Salad
  • German Dunkelweizen with Braised Beef Short Ribs and grilled street corn
  • England Chocolate Stout with Moscato Berry Tiramisu Cheesecake
Please RSVP to Steve Podratsky by Sept. 29. Send check payable to "PA PT PAC" to Steve Podratsky at 184 Stardust Drive, Johnstown PA 15904.

FallFall Meetings Schedule

Social: 6:30 p.m.
Educational Topic: 7:00 p.m.
Business Meeting: 8:00 p.m

September 11, 2018
Cadaver Lab: Review
Dr. LoRusso
St Francis - Stokes 221 then Sullivan Hall 006

October 9, 2018
Topic & Speaker TBA
Windber Hospital Satellite, Portage

November 13, 2018
Update on PT's Role in Concussion Management
Dr. Mark Boland
Vantage PT & Rehabilitation Ebensburg

Follow us on Facebookand watch the PPTA website for updates.

**One Free Contact Hour will be awarded for some, but not for all, educational presentations, pending PPTA approval**

PPTA MovePA Annual Conference
Please join us for the PPTA Annual Conference MovePA held at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA,Oct. 19-21, 2018!
Earn more than half of your state licensure continuing education requirements!
Register on the MovePA website before Sept. 18 to get the discounted early bird pricing!