Thumbs up: Lutheran Social Services of South Central PA last week honored the Wagman family for generations of charitable work in the York community.

The Wagman Family Corporate Leadership received the 2013 Cornerstone Award Thursday during the 10th annual LSS Cornerstone Award dinner.

With the award, LSS recognized the Wagman family's 110-year commitment to providing leadership, time, talent, resources and "generous gifts" to help local organizations improve the quality of life of York County residents, said LSS board chairman Reed Anderson.

Wagman family members serve or have served on more than two dozen boards of local organizations, including LSS, Cultural Alliance of York County, Memorial Hospital, York Habitat for Humanity, York County Community Foundation and Access-York.

The family also developed a Wagman Corporate Community Fund, which benefits nonprofit organizations.

Thumbs up: The York County Area Agency on Aging has partnered with the federal government's Community-based Care Transitions Program in an effort to keep seniors healthier and reduce the health care costs associated with hospital readmissions.

Created by the Affordable Care Act, the program is intended to improve senior patients' transitions to non-hospital settings and reduce readmissions to area hospitals by 20 percent.

The program is targeted at Medicare beneficiaries, and the goal is to save money without cutting services, said Dianna Benaknin, director of the agency.


During hospitalization, a trained "coach" meets with a patient with a high readmission risk or that patient's caregiver. The goal is to assist the individual in becoming more active in his or her health care and provide a better understanding of the illness. Following the patient's discharge, the coach makes a home visit to support the transition process and then provides ongoing follow-ups by phone over a four-week period. Benaknin said these measures could save the Medicare program $3.5 million in York and Adams counties in two years.