Marywood University Receives Moses Taylor Foundation Grant

Marywood University recently received a Moses Taylor Foundation Grant to complete preventative screenings and speech-language stimulation with children enrolled in Head Start Centers throughout Lackawanna County. Marywood University student clinicians will conduct hearing and speech-language screenings and facilitate language stimulation groups for children, as well as conduct professional development activities for Head Start teachers to help them identify speech, language, and hearing challenges in children.

Geisinger Offers On-Site MBA



Geisinger offers an on-site Master of Business Administration (MBA) to its healthcare leaders, with classes conducted by University of Scranton professors at three hospital campuses.

Twenty-nine students have so far earned their master’s degrees in healthcare from the unique two-year program that began in 2015 and offers discounted tuition and reimbursement. The program is offered on-site at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) in Wilkes-Barre, Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) in Danville and Geisinger Lewistown Hospital (G

LH).  Most recently, 15 professionals from GWV, including physicians and operations and support services managers received their MBAs in healthcare during a commencement ceremony in Wilkes-Barre.


Lackawanna College Celebrates Culinary Center Opening


Lackawanna College recently held a ribbon cutting for its new Culinary Center at 409 Adams Avenue in downtown Scranton. The two-story, 14,400 square foot building includes industrial teaching kitchens for the Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs, Baking and Pastry program, student study space, and a student dining commons. The dining commons provides a crucial expansion necessary to meet the needs of existing students as well future needs as Lackawanna College’s growth continues.

Misericordia University Center for Bioethics adds Holocaust to name, mission


DALLAS TWP., Pa. – Misericordia University is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine and Health, with a look back at its accomplishments, and the announcement of a new name as it moves forward in its mission “to foster a deepened understanding of medical practices and their ethical ramifications for society.”

Misericordia University announced the renaming of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust during a World Bioethics Day lecture by Ira Bedzow, Ph.D. Participating in the special presentation, from left, are David Rehm, vice president of Academic Affairs, Misericordia University; Amanda Caleb, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Medical and Health Humanities Program, Misericordia University; Stacy Gallin, D.M.H., director, Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust, Misericordia University; Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program, New York Medical College, and President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., Misericordia University.

During a World Bioethics Day lecture by noted bioethicist Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 17, David Rehm, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs, announced the name of the center has been changed to The Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust at Misericordia University.

“The Holocaust reveals an extraordinary low point in human history, in its denial of dignity to human beings and its medically sanctioned genocide. This approach to medicine can never happen again,” Dr. Rehm said during the announcement. “Tonight, we rename Misericordia’s center the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust. This revised name will help keep us in mind of what we as humans are capable. It will remind us of the great benefits and the challenges associated with medical practices. And, it will reveal Misericordia University as the only university in the country to focus specifically on the ramifications of the Holocaust for bioethics, health care practice and policy, and human dignity. We must keep this historical moment in mind as we reflect upon and pursue greater dignity for all humans,” Dr. Rehm added.

“In our first year, the center has received support and affirmation from people in 16 countries as we spread the word for the need to understand and promote bioethical decisions,” Stacy Gallin, D.M.H., director of the center, said following the public announcement. “It is impossible not to look at the Holocaust as a time in history where the world failed to take action. The new name better represents the work the Center for Human Dignity has been doing and will help us as we develop programming in the future. While there are academic centers that focus on Holocaust and genocide studies, there are none that focus on the Holocaust as a unique example of medically sanctioned genocide and explore what that means for bioethics, health care policy and human rights endeavors in modern society.”

The center will continue to build on the teachings offered in the university’s history and religious studies departments, as well as the Medical and Health Humanities Program, to fulfill the mission of integrating the concept of human dignity into the entire educational curriculum, according to Dr. Gallin.

As co-chair of the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Chair of Bioethics in Haifa, Israel, Dr. Gallin brings international recognition to the Misericordia University Center for Human Dignity. “This is the first center in education to be devoted to bioethics, health and the Holocaust, and what is even more amazing to me, is that it is located at a Catholic university,” said Gallin. “It makes perfect sense if you know the heart of Misericordia University – and its commitment to the tenets of Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality, on which it was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924.”

In addition to hosting numerous programs throughout its first year, the center introduced an online “Pledge for Human Dignity in Health Care” in January 2018. The ongoing pledge enables health care professionals and concerned citizens to take action and actively commit to uphold the values of dignity, equality and justice within health care. More than 600 people from around the world have signed the pledge to date, including Holocaust survivor Eva Moses Kor, who spoke at Misericordia University in September 2017.

The center’s Advisory Council has scheduled the second annual Pledge to Preserve Human Dignity in Health Care program for Jan. 28, 2019, to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27. The keynote speaker is psychiatry Professor J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D., who is on the faculty of the Center for Bioethics of Harvard Medical School and is co-founder and co-director of the Human Rights and Asylum Clinic, and Cambridge Health Alliance. In an evening lecture, he will present the talk, “The Case for Keeping Our Borders Open to Immigrants,” in which he will focus on understanding data about immigrants in the United States regarding the likelihood of committing crimes and employment status, and understanding national law and international covenants pertaining to immigration, asylum, and human rights.

For more information about The Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust at Misericordia University and details on the Jan. 28 lecture, please contact Stacy Gallin at or visit Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 45 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2018 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges” list.

The Wright Center for Primary Care to Host Annual Community Health Fair and Trunk and Treat


(JERMYN, Pennsylvania, October 19, 2018) A free Community Health Fair and Trunk and Treat event will take place on Sunday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley, 5 South Washington Avenue, Jermyn.

Trunk and Treat kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Decorated cars will be stationed throughout The Wright Center’s parking lot where costumed children will be able to safely trick-or-treat from car-to-car. More than 300 children attended last year’s event.

The day will also feature pumpkin decorating, face painting, yoga, raffles, an obstacle course, health/wellness screenings and a blood drive by Life Source PA. Admission to this rain or shine event is free and all community members are welcome to attend.

“We are very excited to combine two successful events — our annual Health Fair and our Trunk and Treat — into one day of fall fun for our community to enjoy,” Betsy McGrath, event organizer, said. Kellen Kraky, Gerri McAndrew, Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD and Mary Marrara are also spearheading the event.

The Community Health Fair and Trunk and Treat is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Geisinger, AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast, Highmark Blue Cross and Health Network Labs.


Event organizers include (L-R): Betsy McGrath, Kellen Kraky, Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD and Mary Marrara. Not pictured, Gerri McAndrew.

For more information, contact Betsy McGrath at 570.507.0088 or visit

Marywood Workshop to Focus on Key Issues Facing Veterans


SCRANTON, PA (October 16, 2018) — An upcoming continuing education program at Marywood University will examine issues veterans face and discuss resources they need.  “Serving and Understanding our Veterans: Suicide Prevention, PTSD and Trauma Treatment, Regional Resources” will be presented on Friday, November 16, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in the Upper Main Dining Hall, at the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus. This program offers continuing education credits for a variety of professionals, including psychologists, counselors, educators, and social workers.

To help better serve the military-affiliated population, the workshop will offer civilian professionals a greater understanding of the military and veteran mindset, including the complexities of military culture, the ins and outs of the healthcare system, military and veteran specific psychological issues and challenges. Some of these include suicide risk assessment and prevention strategies, PTSD and combat-specific trauma diagnosis and treatment, and tools to navigate the veterans’ benefits system.  Additionally, the program will provide best practices for working with veterans and transitioning service members and their families. Each topic will contribute to  a better understanding of how veterans think and operate in the classroom, professional settings, and in their day-to-day lives.

Featured speakers for the program include:

  • Christopher Smith, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University and a United States Army veteran.
  • Mark Lombardo, Psy.D., the coordinator of suicide prevention at the Hudson Valley Veterans Healthcare System, as well as an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at New York Medical Colleges.
  • Chris Rupp, LCSW, clinical social worker at the Middletown Veteran Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Services
  • Nicole Garza, MSW, LCSW, chief social worker with the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Administration.

The program fee is $125, which includes CEUs, program, breakfast, and lunch. Members of the military and veterans will receive 20 percent off course registration. Registrations made before November 1, 2018, will receive 10 percent off the course price. Online registration is available at, by phone at 570-340-6061, or in person with cash or check made out to Marywood University, located at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. To register by mail, mail registration form  with check or credit card, to Professional Continuing Education, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pa. 18509. Please provide an authorization letter from an agency providing payment, and fax to (570) 961-4798, or register by phone with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card, at (570) 340-6061.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s Spirit of Hope Celebration to Honor Susan S. Belin



SCRANTON, PA – The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the Board of Ambassadors and Associate Board will host its seventh annual Spirit of Hope Celebration on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the Keystone Grand Ballroom. Susan S. Belin will be the 2018 Spirit of Hope Tribute to Courage Honoree.

Susan S. Belin has had a great impact on many key organizations in our community. Her board service has included more than 15 organizations, serving as board chair for many of those non-profits.   Numerous additional groups have benefited from her expertise as a staff person or other professional affiliation.  She has been recognized with over a dozen awards for her work related to education, fundraising, the arts and healthcare.  For decades, she has served as a trusted advisor, committed leader and reliable role model.  Her leadership and knowledge can be seen in the successes of so many organizations in our community, but perhaps more than any other, in the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. 30 years ago, when a group of hospital administrators and oncology physicians had the novel and selfless idea to work together to improve cancer outcomes in our community, they looked to Susan to make their vision a reality.  In the extremely competitive field of health care, it is almost unheard of to this day to see this kind of inclusive collaboration occur, but yet somehow, Susan was able to make it work, and continue working for the past 27 years.

Join us on November 2 to honor Susan S. Belin. The event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, live music by Paul LaBelle and The Exact Change Band and a silent auction and gift card guarantee.  Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or online at<>.

About the Board of Ambassadors

The Board of Ambassadors is a group of individuals and business leaders in northeast Pennsylvania who have come together to raise funds & awareness to fight cancer in the local community through their support and promotion of a gala event.

The Spirit of Hope Celebration benefits the Cancer Institute’s Patient Navigation Screening Program. This program helps low income and un/underinsured individuals in northeast Pennsylvania get their recommended colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screenings.

About The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a nonprofit community-based agency serving seven counties in northeast Pennsylvania with offices located in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.  Focusing on surveillance, community and patient services, and hospital and practice support services, the Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally.



Wilkes University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee to Host Community Trick-or-Treat Night


WILKES-BARRE, PA (10/22/2018) – Wilkes University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee is holding a community trick-or-treat night from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, in the McHale Athletic Center, 169 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

Twenty-three Wilkes University athletic teams will each have a table where attendees can trick-or-treat and play an interactive game with the team. Teams will decorate their tables with a theme. Planned themes range from 101 Dalmatians hosted by the field hockey team to Field of Dreams theme hosted by the baseball team.

The event is free and open to families and children of all ages.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 47 majors, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at

Wilkes University Theatre to Present The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber


WILKES-BARRE, PA (10/23/2018) Wilkes University Theatre celebrates musical legend Andrew Lloyd Webber with an evening of songs and dance in its production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The performances will take place on Nov. 15, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m. with matinee performances on Nov. 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. The production is at Wilkes’ Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, 239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre.

Webber, the Oscar-, Grammy- and Tony-award-winning composer of some of the world’s best known musicals will turn 70 in March yet seems unstoppable. Last year he had four shows running simultaneously on Broadway. In this production, standards from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunset Boulevard, and more will honor his works.

From left: Michaela Catapano, Katelyn Sincavage, Melissa Berardelli, and Alex Booth.

The production is directed by Wilkes University Theatre’s Teresa Fallon, director of theatre, with musical direction by Ken McGraw, adjunct faculty member, and choreography by faculty of practice in dance, Lynne Mariani. The student cast includes: Melissa Berardelli, Katelyn Sincavage, Michaela Catapano, Kayleigh Evans, Marcy Ledvinka, Brianna Rowland, Justin Gaskill, Sarah Hoffman, Alex Booth, Kris Tjornhom and Joshua Shepard.


General admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors and free for all Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. Parking is available at the Henry Student Center along with handicapped accessible options. For more information, please call the box office at 570-408-4540.


About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 47 bachelor’s degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at