Geisinger Posts Hospital Charges Online

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger has long featured a MyEstimate® tool on its website to assist patients with determining possible out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatment. Now, Geisinger is including hospital charges for all of the organization’s hospital facilities, in compliance with new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

“Geisinger welcomes the opportunity to engage in consumer-friendly communication to help patients understand what their potential financial liability might be for services obtained at our hospitals,” said Barbara Tapscott, vice president of revenue management. “You can obtain this information online on our patient billing service page. If needed, you can follow up by talking with one of our financial counselors for assistance or to request an in-person appointment.”

The hospital charges are the same for all patients, and do not include physician charges which are billed separately.

You can access Geisinger hospital charges at Click on “Tools You Can Use” and “Hospital Charge List” and then click on the specific Geisinger hospital you use. If you are having difficulty accessing the information or have questions, call Geisinger’s Patient Service Call Center toll-free at 1-800-640-4206.

“With this information, and by using our MyEstimate tool, you can determine the approximate amount you might owe after insurance,” Tapscott said. “We are happy to provide guidance and answer any questions our patients may have.”

About Geisinger

One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute Releases Latest Local Cancer Surveillance Report


SCRANTON, PA – The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, a local community-based nonprofit organization, has released the latest “Cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania: Incidence and Mortality for Common Cancers” surveillance report.  The report is available by clicking here.

This unique, locally focused report was compiled by Cancer Institute Surveillance Coordinator, Karen Ryczak, RN and Medical Director, Samuel Lesko, MD, MPH. The report documents that both incidence and mortality rates for cancer are significantly higher in NEPA than the US as a whole. It also identifies those cancer sites for which there is a disparity in either incidence or mortality. Of note, tobacco related cancers, such as lung, larynx, oral cavity, pharynx and bladder cancers are statistically significantly higher than the U.S. rate in both men and women.

Also noteworthy is an increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer in individuals under the age of 50, a trend that has also been documented in the U.S.  Although screening for this cancer is not routinely conducted among patients younger than 50 without specific risk factors, clinicians should consider the possibility of an underlying malignancy among patients with symptoms consistent with this diagnosis.  This may be especially true in northeast Pennsylvania where the incidence of colorectal cancer is higher than the U.S. average.

The goal in sharing these data is to raise awareness across the community and to promote collaborative efforts to reduce the risk of select cancers through healthy lifestyle choices and adherence to proper screening guidelines. The report offers important insight for Northeastern Pennsylvania residents, health professionals, and government leaders.

The Cancer Institute can provide additional information or interviews regarding the latest report. If you would like a hard copy of this report, please feel free to contact the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute directly at 570-941-7984 or

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.

Scranton Tomorrow’s Winter in the City


January 18, 2019

POSH at The Scranton Club 5:30-8:00 PM

Great food from our local restaurants, beverages, live music,

silent auction and MORE!

Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased at the door!

Proceeds benefit the projects of Scranton Tomorrow

For more info call 570-963-1575


January’s Featured Band…Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change

Mining Heritage Month Program at Misericordia


DALLAS TWP., Pa. – The Department of History and Government at Misericordia University is sponsoring the panel presentation, “Writing Coal Country Literature: Commentaries on Fiction, Nonfiction and Drama,’’ on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in observance of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month.

Hosted by the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, the free presentation features scholars, thespians and authors in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room. Panelists include Professor William Conlogue, Ph.D., Marywood University; Michael Cotter, playwright, director and producer; Lucia Dailey, writer, teacher and performer; Tom Granahan, writer; Professor William Kashatus, Ph.D., Luzerne County Community College, and Rick Sedlisky, writer. Maureen Cech, archivist and special collections librarian at Misericordia University, will moderate the program.

Light refreshments will be served during the presentations by panelists.

For more information about the Department of History and Government at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 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 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2019 Best Northeastern College and Money Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2018-19 “Best Colleges” list.

Misericordia University to Present Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibit


DALLAS TWP., Pa. – Featuring sculptures that involve thousands of sheets of paper that can be stretched across the room and photographs accented by three-dimensional household objects, the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University is expecting to wow audiences with the exhibit. “Emerging Dimensions: Works by Li Hongbo and Cai Dongdong,” beginning Jan. 12. The exhibit runs through March 24.

A free opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 18 from 4-6 p.m., with a snow date of Friday, Feb. 1. Phil Cai, gallery manager of the Eli Klein Gallery in New York City, will be the featured guest. She will represent the artists, who are based in Beijing.

Li Hongbo, Absorption – The Age of Fifteen, 2017, Books 40x20x22cm 2017

Paper sculptor Hongbo carves through blocks of thousands of sheets of paper so the final artwork is no longer a fragile, static, two-dimensional sheet, but an elastic sculpture that can be stretched across the gallery. Li has several videos online that show his sculptures stretching.

The Friedman Gallery will hold live demonstrations of Hongbo’s work in which gallery staff will lift part of a sculpture and stretch it across the gallery and then return it to its original state. Demonstrations will are on Fridays at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m. throughout the exhibit schedule. To request a tour or demonstration at other times, please contact Lalaine Little, Friedman Art Gallery director, at (570) 674-6250.

Dongdong, a former documentary photographer for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, began adding dimension to his unused photographs through readymade objects, including mirrors, a shovel, and a faucet, to challenge the belief that photographs portray reality. The resulting artwork introduces a new dimension to the history and the act of viewing a photograph. Cai was recently featured in the New York Times as a noteworthy entry in the Paris Photo Fair.

Both artists are represented in the collections of China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum.


Cai Dongdong, Fountain, 2015, silver gelatin print, tap in artist’s frame, 51.5x64x10cm

The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery spring semester hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays and for all university holidays. For more information, please log on to or contact Lalaine Little at (570) 674-6250. For updates, follow the gallery on Facebook at @PaulyFriedmanArtGallery, and on Instagram at @MisericordiArt.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 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 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2019 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2018-19 “Best Colleges” list.



Keystone College Announces January Events




Sunday, January 20, 9:30 p.m. Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Observatory, Fleetville.

Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory will be open to the public on the night of Jan. 20-21, 2019 for the January 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse. No reservations are required. The observatory will open at 9:30 p.m. The partial umbral eclipse starts at 10:33 p.m. EST on Jan 20, 2019. Totality starts at 11:41 p.m. on Jan 20, 2019 and ends at 12:43 a.m. on Jan 21, 2019 EST. The post-total partial eclipse ends at 1:50 a.m. Information: contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at (570) 945-8402 or email


Saturday, January 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday Visit.

Perspective students’ visit will include an information session, followed by a campus tour, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an admissions counselor.  Instant decisions are available upon request. For more information please call the Office of Admissions at (570) 945-8111 or email:

Marywood Receives Moses Taylor Foundation Grant


Scranton, PA (December 19, 2018) — Marywood University was recently notified that it is the recipient of the Moses Taylor Foundation Grant in the amount of $103,147 to purchase an Anatomage Table. The Table will enhance the University’s ability to train students on state-of-the-art equipment, and will be utilized in multiple health-related educational programs, including the Physician Assistant, Nutrition and Athletic Training, Nursing, and Communication Sciences and Disorders programs.

The Anatomage Table is the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system on the market. It is both a virtual library of human and animal cadavers, as well as a clinical diagnostic tool by visualization of any Medical CT, CBCT, or MRI Scan.

The Board of Directors of Moses Taylor Foundation has announced its 2018-2019 second quarter grants, awarding a total of $4,984,622 to eleven organizations that advance the Foundation’s mission of promoting health and wellness throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. “With investments including health care workforce development, mental health and counseling services, and capacity building, these 2018-2019 second quarter grants support our partners’ efforts to improve both the health of individuals and of organizations in the communities we serve,” said LaTida Smith, Moses Taylor Foundation President and CEO.

For a full list of 2018-2019 second quarter grants with a complete history of grant awards, please visit

Geisinger to Hold Annual ‘Pints for Peds’ Event

DANVILLE – The annual Pints for Peds event to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Jan. 27 at Old Forge Brewing Company, 298 Mill St.

The event features a three-course buffet, live music, a silent auction, a jewelry raffle, the company of friends and great craft beer. Participants can enjoy great food and handcrafted beers brewed on site.

The cost is $65 for regular seating and $75 for VIP reserved seating. Space is limited, so attendees should reserve their place online at or by calling 800-322-5437. Register now to celebrate 35 years of making miracles and learn firsthand about Miracle families treated at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital!

The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

About Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger

Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps make miracles happen every day at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and more than 40 medical groups and pediatric specialty outreach clinics.  A nonprofit organization, it has raised more than $61 million for pediatric services, equipment and programs throughout Geisinger Health System since 1984.  For more information on Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, call 1-800-322-5437 or (570) 271-6188, or visit

Lackawanna County Children’s Library Announces 2019 ‘Sundays With Friends’ Events


SCRANTON, PA – The Lackawanna County Children’s Library has announced their Sundays with Friends events for January—September of 2019. Sundays with Friends events are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Scranton Public Library, bringing educational and family-friendly events to the community, free of charge. Programs are held on Sundays at 2:00 PM. Registration is required for all events and can be made by calling the Children’s Library directly at (570) 348-3000 ext. 3015.

January 6, 2019: The Dining Car Mystery with Magic Conductor Steve Woyce
Magician Steve Woyce is back with a new interactive story time and magic show that will take guests on a railroad adventure. Audience members will search for clues to solve the mystery, all while laughing and learning. Open to children and families of all ages.

February 10, 2019: Clyde Peeling’s Reptileland Presents: Reading with Reptiles
Clyde Peeling’s Reptileland presents a special program for kids: Reading with Reptiles. Families are invited to join the library for a story time where they will get to see live reptiles from the rainforest and learn about the animals’ habitats, adaptations, and more.

March 10, 2019: Dino Dig
Children and families are invited to join field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka as they “dig” to uncover dinosaur fossil bones and build a Triceratops skeleton. After the dig, guests are welcome to explore the fossil museum. The dig portion of this program is limited to the first 50 participants.

April 14, 2019: The Wonder of Butterflies
Mari Gruber, “The Butterfly Lady” from Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, will introduce children and adults to the wonders of butterflies and moths using puppets, songs, and costumes. Children will have the opportunity to observe live caterpillars and butterflies. As an extra bonus, we will be raffling off three butterfly houses. Open to children and families of all ages.

May 19, 2019: Zoomobile from Binghamton Zoo
The Zoomobile from Binghamton Zoo will be coming to the Library. Children and families will get to see 5 live animals from the Zoo and learn about their habitats, adaptations, and more. There will be two 45-minute presentations to accommodate guests. The first presentation will be at 2:00 PM and the second will be at 3:00 PM. Guests can register for one of the presentations.

June 9, 2019: Out of This World Magic Show
Get ready to blast off with Magician Steve Woyce for an Out of this World Magic Show! Audience members will help Steve make the moon disappear, meet a forgetful librarian from a distant planet, and help Saturn Sam blast into outer space. Open to children and families of all ages.

July 14, 2019: Juggler Rob Smith
Prepare to be dazzled! Juggler, Rob Smith, will flawlessly juggle five balls, clubs, fire torches, and rings, not to mention flying knives and a chainsaw – all with razor-sharp accuracy! Open to children and families of all ages.

August 11, 2019: ScienceTellers: Aliens
Join ScienceTellers for an interactive story hour that uses science to bring stories to life. Guests will have the chance to go “behind the scenes” to help recreate the “special effects” (science experiments) used during the story. Open to children and families in grades K-6.
Story Theme: During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth – but it’s not a shooting star. Two curious kids venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from outer space. Pursued by a crazy space scientist, they must risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their spaceship.

September 8, 2019: Raptors Rule! Live Birds of Prey
Get up close and personal with three live raptors: a falcon, an owl, and a hawk from the Delaware Raptor Center during this fun, informative program. Guests will meet some of the local birds of prey from Northeast Pennsylvania and learn about their habitats, adaptations, niches, and food chains. Open to families.