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Good evening and thank you all for coming.  I would like to thank Dr. Harberger for his service as President this past year and leading our York County Medical Society during a time of change, growth, and achievement. 

The York County Medical Society has a long and proud history.  Our 50 year award recipients, Dr. Dabb and Dr. Nicholson, are a testament to the dedication of our physicians.

With all the society has achieved in recent years, there continue to be new challenges.  Today, more than ever, the quote “Change is the only constant in life” applies to medicine and our relationship with patients.  Who would have thought that 30 years ago we would be emailing patients, looking up test results on our phone, diagnosing a rash from hundreds of miles away, or ordering life saving medications after evaluating a patient over a computer monitor?

With this change come challenges.  We are well prepared to meet these challenges head on and I would like to encourage each of you to find your passion and get involved as well.  Find a topic that speaks to you, is important to your physician-patient relationship and get involved.

There are several key area advocacy areas we will be focusing on this coming year.  Each will affect everyone in the room a bit differently, but all are vital to the health of our collective patients and preserving the physician-patient relationship.

The York County Medical Society is supporting the Pennsylvania Medical Society in their opposition of Senate Bill 25, which would grant independent practice to CRNPs.  This bill would allow nurse practitioners to practice medicine without a collaborative agreement.  While well intentioned, the result would be the disassociation of team based care lead by a physician who has undergone thousands of hours of training.  Legislating medical degrees will not result in improved patient care or better access to care. 

The York County Medical Society is also supporting the Pennsylvania Medical Society in its objection to the proposed changes to the medical liability venue rule.  The change would allow medical liability lawsuits to take place outside of the county where the alleged malpractice occurred.  As attorneys cherry-pick venues, we will have a harder time attracting new physicians to practice in the state, have increased medical professional liability premiums, and worsen patient access to care issues. 

We will continue to advocate for our patient’s in relation to opioid use disorder.  We have partnered with the South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition to support and encourage collaboration between physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and health systems.  Through the Pennsylvania Medical Society there are numerous resources for education of physicians in relation to opioids and their use in treating chronic pain. 

Now, as you look around the room and see your colleagues who have joined us here tonight, ask yourself “Who is missing?’  Do you work with physicians who care about these issues, or others that affect us all?  Our voice, the voice of the York County Medical Society, is only as strong as our members.  I challenge each of you to share the value and pride you derive from your membership and encourage your colleagues to join the medical society.  Helen Keller insightfully said “Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much”.  Let’s meet the challenges of today and the future together. 

I am looking forward to working with the board to continue to preserve the art of medicine and the physician-patient relationship.  As I conclude, it is important to reflect on our mission statement:

“The York County Medical Society represents physicians in York County, in service to all York County physicians, patients, and stakeholders in healthcare.  We promote health and wellness, advocating always for ethics and dignity among physicians.  We help physicians provide accessible, high quality, state-of-the-are, cost effective healthcare!”

In Service,

Daniel Hornyak, MD, MBA, CPE
President, York County Medical Society

P.S. - To read the latest edition of York County Medicine, click here:  York County Medicine - Summer 2019.



Spring 2019 President's Message


It is tricky to write about spring in York County.  For all I know, you may be reading this on your patio in shorts and a t-shirt with flip flops kicked off and bare feet basking in the warmth of a sunny 65-degree mid-March day.  But just as likely, you might be warming up with a hot cup of coffee after having cleared 8 inches of surprise snow from your driveway.  Who knows?  Whatever the weather, thank you for taking a few moments to flip through the pages of York County Medicine this spring.

Whether it is 65 or 35 degrees outside today, we are going to experience a rebirth of everything around us in the coming weeks.  We know this because the perpetual cycle of seasons has repeated itself each year since long before any of us walked York County’s varied and beautiful terrain.  With springtime come new beginnings, both literal and figurative.

In this issue of York County Medicine, we have assembled articles related to the theme of rebirth.  From a discussion about York County’s new brand, logo, and strapline (Have it Made Here) to a piece from Dr. Susan Peck about the beauty of pregnancy and importance of good prenatal care, the Spring 2019 issue of York County Medicine is packed full of interesting material.  When you have a chance, please consider taking some time to check it out.

This spring in York County, we will again be blessed by newborn babies, fresh cut flowers, and, as another year of training approaches completion, enthusiastic hard-working medical students, residents, fellows, and board-certified physicians excited to begin the next stage of their life’s work.  Let us continue to show our newest colleagues our pride in, and respect for, our sacred craft.  Let us continue to build on 145 years of history and fortify a York County medical heritage that we, and our children and grandchildren, can be proud of.

As always, thank you for all you do every day to support the health and well-being of our York County friends and neighbors - and the community we all share!

With Love and Compassion For All,




Winter 2018 President's Message


Happy Holidays!

This is my favorite time of year – it is a time for celebration, giving thanks, and sharing our own good fortune with one another.

As physicians, we have been blessed, not only with the privilege of knowing and caring for our patients, but also by other forms of compensation.  We recognize that with the special rewards of our profession, come unique responsibilities.

In meeting our responsibilities, we are trained to be critical thinkers – we ask questions, we challenge assumptions, and we reject superficiality and complacency.

So it is with our critical thinking proclivities in mind that we present the Winter 2018 issue of York County Medicine.  Assembled here you will find advice and resources on the topic of charitable giving.  Specifically, Counsel Trust Company’s Dave Dolan offers a helpful framework for approaching decisions about how to make charitable gifts.  We are also very grateful to be able to share articles from a number of local philanthropic organizations, including the York County Food Bank and the York County Community Foundation.

Please consider using the information in the Winter 2018 issue of York County Medicine as you further investigate and develop ideas and plans for charitable giving this holiday season and beyond.

As always, thank you for all you do every day to care for our patients and communities in York County.

With Love and Compassion for All,




Fall 2018 President's Message


I had the good fortune recently to attend a conference on the topic of keeping our healthcare teams healthy.  The speakers were inspiring and their material engaging.  If you’re interested, some of that material is available in the wellness section of our website.  At its core, the message was a simple one: We cannot take good care of our patients if we do not first take good care of ourselves.  I know you know this.
I know you too often feel the frustration and pain of not being able provide our patients with the care you wish you could.  I also know that as individual physicians, on a day-to-day basis, much of this is outside our control: prior authorizations, falling reimbursement, the EHR, and seemingly infinite half-baked administrative “improvements” thrust upon us by well-intentioned but ill-informed authorities.  To address these systemic problems, we need to be united in supporting each other through our medical societies and specialty organizations because many voices speaking openly and in unison can be heard more loudly and clearly than any one voice screaming shrilly in the dark.

Though I want to encourage us all to embrace organized medicine, that is not my focus today.  Today, I want to draw your attention to what we can do as individuals - what you and I can start doing right now.

Dr. Dan Diamond, one of the speakers at the conference I mentioned, opened his presentation with this statement: “People go into medicine believing that they have the power to make a difference.  Burnout happens when they no longer believe they can.”  I think that hits the nail on the head.

If we believe that statement carries some truth, then I propose the question we might next ask ourselves is, “What can I do today that will make a difference?”

In the fall issue of York County Medicine, we explore the topic of how we, as doctors, make a difference in our communities.  Bioethics scholar and York Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program Director, Dr. Paul Burcher, writes about physicians giving back to the community in the context of our changing societal roles.  We also have a great piece from Dr. Luis Garcia, a family physician at Family First Health, sharing with us reflections on his mission trips to Ecuador and how his experiences there have influenced his work in downtown York.  When you have an opportunity, I invite you to spend a few minutes flipping through the fall issue of York County Medicine – it’s available in print and also online here.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am inspired every day by the amazing work we all do, and I am so proud of the history and heritage we’ve built in York County over the past 145 years.  Let’s keep it up!

With Love and Compassion for All,