Kay Hamilton honored for lifetime of service

LEWISTOWN – The 2013 recipient of the Mifflin County Planning Commission Planning Excellence Award was announced during the Mifflin County dinner meeting on Thursday.

Bill Gomes, director of Planning and Development, presented the award to Kay Hamilton, president and CEO of Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, after being actively involved in the community for many years.

“She has worked for more than 40 years in the health care field, including work in the United States Air Force,” Gomes said.

Hamilton has worked at the Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital since 2001, working her way from a Clinical Development Specialist, to Vice President of Nursing, to Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services, to her current position. Gomes said Hamilton has been active in the community working with the Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center LPN Advisory Board, the Penn State Learning Center Advisory Board, the Community College Initiative Leadership Team, the Mifflin-Juniata Community Health Center Board, and the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors.

“Not only has she worked with different groups, she from 2006 to 2011 served as a member of the Mifflin County Planning Commission,” Gomes said. “This year she supported the long term planning efforts in the county, which included the comprehensive plan, parks and recreation council, and the proposed dog park in Kish Park.”

Gomes said Hamilton was also chosen for her work in promoting job training opportunities and the creation of good paying health care jobs and for her efforts to re-open the School of Nursing at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital in 2005.

The Planning Excellence Award was initiated several years-ago to recognize an individual for contributions to planning related activities in Mifflin County. This is a joint award presented by the Mifflin County Commissioners and the Mifflin County Planning Commission.