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St. Luke's and Hospital Association of PA Succeed in Repealing Outdated Breast Disease Treatment Consent Form

St. Luke's and Hospital Association of PA Succeed in Repealing Outdated Breast Disease Treatment Consent Form

Bill Signing

(Front row, left -right): Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder PA
Breast Cancer Coalition; Governor Tom Corbett; State
Representative Becky Corbin; (Back row, left-right):
Diane Gordon, RN, BS, CPHQ, Accreditation/Regulatory Manager,
Reading Hospital; Susan York, MHA, RN, Director of Accreditation
and Standards, St. Luke’s University Health Network;
Leslie Kuipers, Esq., General Counsel/Patient Safety Officer Ephrata
Community Hospital; Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Director,
Breast Fellowship Program Associate Professor, Department of
Surgical Oncology Fox Chase Cancer Center; Kelly Thompson,
Esq., Senior Director, Regulatory Advocacy, The Hospital &
Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania; and Angela Gohn,
Director of State Legislation,The Hospital & Healthsystem Association
of Pennsylvania attended the ceremonial signing of House Bill 1656.

(Photo courtesy of Governor Tom Corbett’s office.)

Bethlehem, PA. (3/13/2014) - After eight years of collaborative effort, St. Luke’s employee, Susan York and staff of Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) succeeded in getting lawmakers to repeal outdated  legislation requiring women to sign a form about radical mastectomy. 

The outdated law was written in 1984 and required women undergoing any breast procedure to sign a waiver  with the wording: “It is determined if I have a malignant tumor in my breast or other breast abnormality requiring surgery, then I authorize Dr. __ to perform such operations or procedures, including breast removal, which are deemed necessary.  I have been informed of the current medically accepted alternatives to radical mastectomy.” 

This law concerned Susan York, MHA, RN, Director of Accreditation and Standards for St. Luke’s University Health Network. She realized that women were effectively being forced to sign this waiver for simple breast biopsies and other basic diagnostic procedures. Based on current technologies and treatments the written notice was no longer needed and unnecessarily and alarmingly written. The notice was having an unintended consequence of scaring women away from completing important diagnostic tests.

Susan York, along with Representative Becky Corbin (155th Legislative District, R-Chester) who helped draft the legislation, was present on Monday, March 10,  2014 to participate in a ceremonial signing of the legislation, House Bill 1656  which Repeals Act 213 of 1984, the consent for treatment of Breast Disease.

“Attending this ceremonial signing was certainly an honor,” said York. “We are glad that women will not be frightened unnecessarily by outdated terminology on this form. Our physicians work with patients individually to determine the best course of treatment from a variety of options.”

The event on Monday was extra special for York.  After 27 years at St. Luke’s, she is retiring later this year.

York finished, “This is a wonderful culmination of many years of work to repeal this law, and I cannot think of a better way to end my long career at St. Luke’s!”


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