EDITORIAL: Judge excels in service to local community, world

York Dispatch
  • School Police pitch in with Habitat and set an example for students.
  • WellSpan named "Most Wired" for its use of technology.

Thumbs up: To the accomplishments of York County Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock.

He was sent to Afghanistan last November on a yearlong mission as a NATO adviser to the country's Major Crimes Task Force, which is helping to restructure Afghanistan's law-enforcement system. The task force is battling widespread corruption and human-rights violations.

The 28-year member of the Army and Army Reserve holds the rank of colonel in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps.

Trebilcock is no stranger to working abroad.

He took part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a 1997 peacekeeping mission in the Balkans, a three-year tour of duty in West Germany that began in 1988 and a number of short tours to Africa, where he gave rule-of-law training to U.S. allies.

York County judge seeing real, albeit slow, progress in Afghanistan

In July 2014 he was assigned to 10 months of active duty at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle. He was back on the bench the next June and began the first year of required military service on his current mission in November.

When he is back in York County, he will return to preside over York County's veterans court, a program designed to divert offenders from jail and address the causes of criminal behavior.

He said he should return home "November-ish."

"I miss everybody in the courthouse. I miss being on the bench," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting back, and looking forward to getting back to (overseeing) veterans court, as well."

We look forward to his return.

Thumbs up: To the York City School Police officers who pitched in during a Habitat for Humanity build July 14 in Manchester Township.

The department, which trains during the summertime, tries to do a community service project each summer. This “veteran build” — a home for a veteran — was an easy choice for the group, officers said.

York City Schools police build a home

The timing for the planned volunteer effort could not have been better as tensions between police and minorities are high in light of recent shootings nationally.

The city school district stresses the importance of community service to its students so officers helping with the build was a great way to lead by example — and hone some new skills.

Thumbs up: To WellSpan Health System, which was named one of "Health Care's Most Wired" by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

About 20 other Pennsylvania health care systems and over 350 health care systems across the nation were recognized as leaders in using technology to enhance the patient experience.

“Our Most Wired award reaffirms the tremendous work our information services and technology teams do every day, helping our entire organization work as one in the care of our patients,” said Dr. R. Hal Baker, WellSpan chief information officer.

WellSpan one of country's 'most wired' health systems

The “Wired” award was earned in part by the system’s Project One — WellSpan's effort to consolidate electronic health records to one platform for the entire health system.