On March 20, 2020 the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and our Board of Directors shared the following letter with Governor Wolf, our southeastern legislative delegation, and legislative leaders in Harrisburg. The letter calls for increased support of our region’s health care providers during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Dear Senator,

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, representing hundreds of thousands of employees throughout the southeast region, urge members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to fully support Pennsylvania’s health care system as it responds to this unprecedented world health crisis.

Responding to this call has required hospitals, health systems, long-term care facilities, nursing facilities, other providers and health plans—to work collaboratively to promote public health measures intended to reduce the surge of COVID-19 patients, facilitate testing, effectively manage and share supplies, and ensure that staff and patients remain safe.

We urge support for the following:

  • Additional resources for staff and supplies to help bolster hospitals existing facilities and expand temporary options to treat patients;
  • Emergency response funding to support the front-line health care providers who are preparing for and responding to a potential surge of patients;
  • Expanded access to testing and treatment for COVID-19;
  • Assistance for consumers and businesses to maintain commercial health coverage;
  • Establishment of a premium support fund for the individual and fully insured small group health plan market;
  • Waivers to provide flexibility for staffing and maximizing efficient health care delivery (known as 1135 waivers);
  • Support for health care workers who need child care;
  • Access to places for COVID-19 patients to go after they no longer need hospital care, but still need to complete their 14-day quarantine;
  • Temporary suspension of surveying health care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis, to allow hospitals to solely focus on patient care;
  • Expedited licensure for nurses and other health care providers who care for COVID-19 patients
  • Support for federal funding from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and future federal funding mechanisms;

We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and General Assembly to address this critical public health issue.

Sincerely,

Daniel J. Hilferty (Chair)
Timothy J. Abell

President
Firstrust Bank

Monica Allen

Director, Marketing & Communication
Villanova University

Joel Anderson

President & CEO
Five Below

Michael Araten*

President & CEO
Sterling Drive Ventures

Bruce D. Armon, Esq.

Office Managing Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Mary Stengel Austen

President & CEO
Tierney

Chetan Bagga

Managing Director
Archetype Solutions Group

Silvana Battaglia

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer
AmerisourceBergen

Nick Bayer*

Founder & CEO
Saxbys

Madeline Bell*
Matthew Bergheiser
Keith Bethel

Chief Growth Officer
Aramark

David R. Binswanger

President & CEO
Binswanger

John K. Binswanger**

Chairman
Binswanger

Emily L. Bittenbender*
Robert W. Bogle
Steven S. Bradley
Jonathan A. Brassington
David Brenner

Chief Administrative Officer
Macquarie Investment Management, Americas

Marc Brownstein

President & CEO
Brownstein Group

Christopher L. Bruner*

Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Deanna M. Byrne

Office Managing Partner
PwC

Valerie Camillo

President, Business Operations, Philadelphia Flyers & Wells Fargo Center
Comcast Spectacor

Anthony Campisi

President & CEO
Annodyne, Inc.

James M. Campolongo

Area Vice President
GlaxoSmithKline

James H. Carll, Esquire
Craig Carnaroli*

Executive Vice President
University of Pennsylvania

David L. Cohen*

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Comcast Corporation

Marc Coleman*

President & CEO
The Tactile Group

Benjamin J. Connors
Joseph F. Coradino
Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr.

Founder, President & CEO
Nueva Esperanza

Elizabeth A. Dale EdD, MPA

Executive Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

M. Walter D’Alessio*

Principal In Charge
NorthMarq Advisors LLC

Nicholas DeBenedictis**

Chairman Emeritus
Aqua America, Inc.

David A. DeLizza
Pasquale “Pat” T. Deon, Sr.
James F. Dever, Jr.

Philadelphia Market President; Global Commercial Banking Market Executive for Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware
Bank of America

Keith S. DiMarino*
Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.
Larry Dubinski

President & CEO
Franklin Institute

Richard M. Englert, Ed.D.
Anne Ewers

President & CEO
The Kimmel Center, Inc.

Christopher Fiorentino
Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, CFA*

President of Citizens Bank of  PA / NJ / DE; Head of National Mid-Corporate & Industry Verticals
Citizens Bank

Christopher H. Franklin*

President & CEO
Aqua America, Inc.

Joseph A. Frick**

Vice Chairman & Managing Partner
Diversified Search

John A. Fry*
Dr. Donald Generals, Jr., Ed.D.
Michael Gerber*

Senior Managing Director
FS Investments

James B. Ginty**

Peter Gonzales
Geoff Gordon

Regional President
Live Nation Entertainment

Julie Coker Graham
Rosemarie B. Greco**

Francine Friedman Griesing

Managing Member
Griesing Law, LLC

Jeff Guarancino

President & CEO
VISIT PHILADELPHIA

William P. Hankowsky*

Ernest R. Hanna, III

Principal & Regional Operations Officer, Mid-Atlantic Region
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.
Susan Hardwick

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
American Water

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D.
Ric Harris

President & General Manager
NBC10 and Telemundo62

Michael J. Heller, Esquire*

Chief Executive Officer
Cozen O’Connor

Michael B. Hill

Managing Director
Synterra Partners

Mike Innocenzo*

President & CEO
PECO

Alan Jacobson

Strategic Director,
Founder and Principal

J2 Design
CEO
Exit Design

Susan Jacobson*
Lawrence James

President & CEO
Connexus Technology

Philip P. Jaurigue

Chairman & CEO
Sabre Systems, Inc.

LeRoy E. Jones

Chief Executive Officer
GSI Health, LLC

Robert D. Kane

Market President, Eastern PA/Southern NJ
KeyBank

Alan J. Kaplan

President & CEO
Kaplan Partners

Joseph Kirk

Regional Bank President
Wells Fargo

Ronald J. Kozich**

Paul Lemmo

Vice President & General Manager
Lockheed Martin

Rodger Levenson

President & CEO
WSFS

David H. Lipson, Jr.
Amy T. Loftus

General Manager
Slalom Philadelphia

Susan Lonergan*

Regional President
Southeastern PA

Fulton Bank

Garry Maddox*

President & CEO
A. Pomerantz & Co.

Malik Majeed, Esq.

President, CEO
& General Counsel

PRWT

William J. Marrazzo

President & CEO
WHYY, Inc.

Sharmain Matlock-Turner*

President & CEO
Urban Affairs Coalition

Frank Mattei*

Philadelphia Managing Partner
KPMG LLP

Ronald B. Matthew, Jr.

Head of Regional
Commercial Credit,
Metro PA/NJ

TD Bank

Shawn McCaney

Executive Director
William Penn Foundation

Jami Wintz McKeon*
Robert J. McNeill, Jr.

Managing Partner, Greater Philadelphia Region
Deloitte LLP

John J. McNichol
Brad Messinger

Greater Philadelphia Market Leader
Willis Towers Watson

Joseph G. Meterchick*

Regional President for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey
PNC Bank

Edgar Miranda

Market President
for DE, OH, PA and WV

CIGNA

Scott B. Mirkin*

President & Executive Producer
ESM Productions

Judith L. Mondre
Edward A. Montgomery**
Anne Bovaird Nevins

President
PIDC

John Otte

President
PROCONEX, Inc.

Raymond J. Pennacchia

Senior Vice President
NovaCare Rehabilitation

Angelo R. Perryman
Louis A. Petroni, Esquire
Robert M. Poliseno

Senior Vice President & Regional Executive Officer
Chubb

Bernie Prazenica

President & General Manager
WPVI-TV 6

Trevor Prichett
Ronald R. Rabena
Matt Rader
Ajay Raju, Esquire

CEO & Chairman
Dilworth Paxson LLP

Pedro A. Ramos*

President & CEO
Philadelphia Foundation

Siobhan A. Reardon
Tim Reeves
Lori F. Reiner CPA

Chief People Officer
Eisner Amper, LLP

Paul D. Ridder
Steve Rosen

Managing Director
Aloysius Butler & Clark

Nicole Pullen Ross

Managing Director, Mid-Atlantic; Region Head, Private Wealth Management
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Ronald Rubin**
William R. Sasso, Esquire*
Maria Scenna

Chief Operating Officer
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Narashima B. Shenoy
Molly D. Shepard

President & CEO
The Leader’s Edge

Kate Shields
Larry Skinner

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Conversion Technologies International

Evelyn F. Smalls*
Don Smolenski
John Spagnola

Managing Partner 
PFM Group

Manuel Stamatakis

President & CEO
CME Benefits Consulting

Russ Starke
Susanne Svizeny

EVP, Market President, Greater Philadelphia
OceanFirst Bank

Gerard H. Sweeney*

President & CEO
Brandywine Realty Trust

H. Marc Tepper, Esquire

Managing Shareholder,
Philadelphia

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Nicole J. Tranchitella

Managing Director, Philadelphia Metro Region
Accenture

Daniel R. Tropeano

CEO, Pennsylvania & Delaware
UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania & Delaware

Paul A. Tufano
Judith M. von Seldeneck*

Chairman & CEO 
Diversified Search

Jeffrey Warmann

President & CEO
Monroe Energy, LCC

Joan Waters*

Chief Executive Officer
COFCO Office Furnishings

Gilbert A. Wetzel**
Craig White

President & CEO
Philadelphia Gas Works

Julie E. Wollman, PhD
Robert C. Wonderling*
Richard D. Wood, III

Director of Government Relations and Sustainability
WAWA, Inc.

Dawn Holden Woods
David Yadgaroff

Senior VP and Philadelphia Market Manager
Entercom

David Yager
Harold L. Yoh, III*

Chairman & CEO 
Day & Zimmermann

Stephen T. Zarrilli