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Smart Talk: Nursing homes facing same challenges as before, but now on top of pandemic


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Airdate: Thursday, April 29, 2021

It is no secret that Pennsylvania nursing homes are facing great challenges. Even before the pandemic hit, advocates raised concerns about chronic underfunding and high employee turnover.

Now, as the state moves into the next phase of COVID mitigation and the economy opens up those same advocates ask that nursing homes not be forgotten.

As new residents move into homes, the facilities still struggle to pay for virus mitigation efforts like testing and protective equipment.

Appearing on Smart Talk Thursday to offer their perspective are Adam Marles, President and CEO of LeadingAge Pennsylvania, a statewide association of providers, along with James F. Bernardo, President and CEO, Presbyterian Senior Living in Dillsburg.

For more on long-term care issues plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare–check out WITF’s Transforming Health. Online at, a partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital Blue Cross.

The Ancient art of Falconry

The art of falconry is more than four thousand years old, and in the United States the first falconry club formed in Philadelphia in 1934.

The process behind raising birds of prey for sport received local attention recently when a baby great horned owl was removed from its Mount Joy park nest by a licensed falconer.

Michael Kuriga, President of the Pennsylvania Falconry and Hawk Trust joins Smart Talk Thursday to offer insight to the ancient sport and the controversy behind removing the baby owl.

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