Taking advantage of his spare time while Congress is out of session, Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, was hosted by state Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro, on a tour through Wellsboro and nearby areas.
“Our philosophy is, if we want to make sure that we get the policies correct, we need to be out here talking to the people that are getting the job done,” said Keller.
The representatives toured Wellsboro organizations including Trinity Lutheran School, Owlett’s Farm Market, PRSM Healthcare, as well as businesses in the surrounding community including Tyoga Container Company and Williamson High School, before ending the tour at Boral Enterprises in Elkland.
“We just want to make sure that we’re understanding the needs of the people,” said Keller.
As a representative, he said his job is to connect businesses and the people who work there to policy changes, which will help them grow.
“Their employees are very important,” said Keller, in reflecting on meetings with business owners.
“I think that’s an important message that we need to take away in realizing that, people who employ others care about people, their employees and their community,” he said.
At PRSM Healthcare, a medical scheduling service, Owlett and Keller spoke with Jason Gehman, CEO.
The company has grown significantly since moving into its current residence, said Gehman, largely due to a ready and able workforce.
“When people come, they tend to stay,” he said.
The medical service was able to increase the number of people following up on necessary treatments significantly, he added.
Not only is that helping the people they call, but helping the people who earn a wage there, said Keller.
“That’s going to allow people to be able to care for their families, have the proper nutrition, the proper home and all those kinds of things,” he said.
When a provider can be efficient through quick appointment scheduling, more people can get through the healthcare system, allowing for jobs to be created on the provider’s side, and treatment on the patient’s end.
The purpose of visits like these is to reach out to employees and ensure their livelihood, said Keller.
“It’s about the people in the community. It’s about the people that work in his business and it’s about making sure that (Gehman) does things that positively impact their health and the health of the community,” he said. “That’s what’s important and that’s why we’re out here.”