Misericordia University to Hold Autism Center Grand Opening

The Autism Center at Misericordia University will hold a Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5-7 p.m. at 50 Lake St., Dallas Borough. As a regional hub for the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence, the Autism Center helps connect people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families with services and supports in the area.

“The College of Health Sciences and Education at Misericordia University established the Autism Center in 2015 as a community resource for caregivers, clinicians, practitioners and students majoring in the health and medical sciences field, with a focus on interprofessional collaboration in support of the autistic community,” said Kristin Hoffman, M.S., S.E., director of the Autism Center at Misericordia University. “Today, we are proud to say the Autism Center at Misericordia University has developed into a regional hub where families can take part in specialized programming and services tailored to the needs of people of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We hope everyone will come out to see how we’ve grown and what we have to offer.”

The Autism Center is home to the Autism Lifelong Learning Program, which provides pre-employment and employment services in support of community integration at the post-high school level. The center also offers a Summer Transition Experience for Students with Autism, a four-week class to provide adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder the skills they need to successfully transition to adulthood and the work environment.

The center holds a Summer Sensory Social Camp and an Autism Distinguished Speaker Series, and collaborates on activities with Cougars for Autism Awareness, a student organization dedicated to spreading awareness and educating others about autism.

New this fall, the Autism Center offers swim lessons and an open swim session for people with autism on Wednesday evenings at Misericordia University’s Anderson Sports and Health Center. In collaboration with Supporting Autism & Families Everywhere, the center also hosts a series of art activities specifically designed for children and adults with autism. The two-hour sessions are on Tuesday evenings, from 6-8 p.m. at the center. The art sessions are free and open to individuals with autism of all ages, along with their parents/caregivers and siblings. No painting or art experience is necessary. Pre-registration is required for the swim and art activities.

The center also recently held a special sensory friendly haircut session in collaboration with FUNctional Connections specifically designed for children with autism.

“By providing a sensory friendly space with trained support personnel for children’s haircuts, we were able to take the difficulty out of something others see as mundane, but families with autism know can be a tremendous challenge,” said Hoffman. “It was a great experience for everyone.”

The Autism Center’s website, www.misericordia.edu/autism, features valuable information on support services in the region and offers links to Misericordia’s speech-language pathology and physical therapy clinics, where faculty have expertise caring for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Misericordia University also offers an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate for health care professionals involving a three-course sequence that will prepare students and professionals to work with clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. After completing the coursework within this certificate program, students would qualify to sit for the Autism Competency Exam to earn an Autism Certificate or become a Certified Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

To register for the Grand Opening or for more information about the Autism Center at Misericordia University, please email autism@misericordia.edu or contact Kristin Hoffman at khoffman@misericordia.edu or 570-674-6197. There is also additional information on the Autism Center’s Facebook page, The Autism Center at Misericordia University.

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 “National Universities” category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes Misericordia as a 2020 “Best Northeastern” college and Money Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2019-20 “Best Colleges” list. College Consensus and the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rank Misericordia among the top colleges and universities nationally.

Greater Scranton YMCA Flag Football League

Registration is open for the Greater Scranton YMCA’s fall Flag Football League! Our NFL sponsored flag football league is one of our most popular sports programs for boys and girls ages 6-10! There will be 5 weeks of regular season play, 1 week of playoffs, and 1 week for the super bowl! All players receive an official NFL flag football jersey and flags with their registration.

Registration is open until November 20th. The league is free for family members of the Greater Scranton YMCA, $30 for members and $60 for non-members. The community can register by stopping by the YMCA or visiting https://greaterscrantonymca.org/Youth%20Programs-207.htm

To learn more about the YMCA’s NFL Flag Football League, please contact Brandon Whipple at bwhipple@greaterscrantonymca.org or at (570) 828-3116.

Marywood University to Hold Fall Book Swap and Sale

Scranton, PA (November 5, 2019) — Marywood University will hold its fall book swap and sale from Monday, November 18, at noon, through Friday, November 22, 2019, at 1 p.m., in the Learning Commons Lobby on the University’s campus. Proceeds from Tuesday’s sale will benefit the English Department Club. This event is free and open to the public.

Marywood University’s English Club is a community of students interested in the recreational advantages of literature and writing. The club provides an outlet for creative writing, book discussions, and opportunities to promote the art of language in the community. Founded with the intention to expand cultural understanding of literature, the club strides to make English accessible to every and all majors.

A wide selection of titles and genres will be available. The book swap and sale is sponsored by the English Club and Library Services. Book donations are being received on the first floor of the Learning Commons. For additional information, please contact Annette Fisher, associate professor of practice of library services, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2365, or email fisher@marywood.edu.

Wilkes University Theatre Presents Nine

Wilkes University Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical, Nine. The performances will take place on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. The production is at Wilkes’ Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, 239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre.

Nine is the story of celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film– a musical version of the Casanova story. Written by Mario Fratti, Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston, the musical was awarded the 1982 Tony Award for best musical and the 2003 Tony Award for best revival of a musical. The Wilkes production is directed by Joseph Dawson, associate dean and associate professor of theatre.

Students performing in the play include: Alex Booth as Guido Contini, Bruce Graham as Little Guido, Michaela Catapano as Luisa Contini, Marcy Ledvinka as Carla Albanese, Katelyn Sincavage as Claudia Nardi, Kayla Bevacqua as Guido’s mother, Maddison Black as Liliane La Feur, Brianna Rowland as Stephanie Necrophorus, Katrina Zangrillo as Mama Maddelena and Lady of the Spa, Kayleigh Evans as Sarraghina, Sarah Weynand as Maria, Olivia Schanbacher as Diana, Amanda Imbalzano as Olga Von Sturm, Jordyn Williams as Heidi Von Sturm, Liam Flynn as male chorus, Ori Shanner as male chorus. Aariyana Gould is serving as the stage manager for the production with Sami Uggla as assistant stage manager.

General admission is $15, $10 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 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 www.wilkes.edu.


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Medacta, Geisinger To Extend Lifetime Guarantee to Revision Knee Surgeries.

Warranty builds on success of lifetime guarantees for total hip and knee replacements

CASTEL SAN PIETRO, Switzerland and DANVILLE, Pa. – Medacta, a high-growth, pure play orthopaedics company, and Geisinger, one of the nation’s most innovative health systems, announced today that their lifetime guarantee for total hip and knee replacement surgeries has been extended to include revision knee surgeries.

This guarantee covers revision surgeries performed for patients with previous knee replacements that have failed, even if the original surgeries were performed outside the Geisinger health system or with joints from other manufacturers. Geisinger and Medacta will stand behind the full cost of care associated with eligible revision surgeries over a patient’s lifetime, as long as they remain in the care of a Geisinger provider and are a Geisinger Health Plan member.

“Since we began this value-based journey in 2017 to provide lifetime comfort to patients around primary hips and knees, we have continued to refine and enhance our processes to enable us to take this bold step into the world of revision total joint arthroplasty—and we’ve only just begun,” said Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., chair of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute.

The first revision surgery to qualify for this lifetime guarantee was performed in July for Patricia Matthews, a 64-year-old from Luzerne, Pa., who lived for five years with a knee replacement that caused her increasing pain, loss of mobility and frustration.

“I was about to give up when something wonderful happened,” Matthews said. “I had surgery in February—not related to my knee—and that surgeon asked what was wrong with my leg. I gave him a rundown, and he told me to call Geisinger Orthopaedics in Danville. That one call saved me from a life of misery.”

Orthopaedic surgeon David Maish, M.D., chief of adult reconstruction for Geisinger Medical Center, performed Matthews’s revision knee surgery on July 1, and she said from that moment, her knee felt “normal” for the first time in years.

“My knee is bending smoothly, straightening, and I can even get into the passenger side of a car,” she said. “I can’t wait until I can get on a ride at an amusement park with my 5-year-old granddaughter. That was something I could never do because I couldn’t bend my knee enough to fit in the seats of the rides. I am so very grateful that I made that last call.”

Implants from Medacta’s knee portfolio used in this pilot program include the GMK® Revision Knee Family, designed to preserve joint functionality without dramatically altering anatomy and kinematics, even in cases of severe ligament instability or massive bone defects. These products fall under Medacta’s Mpower Sustainability Solutions, a company initiative focused on delivering products and programs that allow surgeons and facilities to provide high quality care at a reduced cost via value-based healthcare models built to last.

“Medacta made a commitment to elevated patient service when we partnered with Geisinger to become the first orthopaedic firm to offer a lifetime guarantee of our products,” said Francesco Siccardi, chief executive officer of Medacta. “Today, we go one step further to guarantee our products used on revision knee surgeries as well. Despite the higher risk revision surgeries can pose to patients, we are steadfast in our belief that Medacta-trained surgeons using our implant technologies and state-of-the-art instrumentation deliver superior care, and revision surgeries are no exception.”

In 2018, in association with Medacta, Geisinger became the first health system to offer a lifetime guarantee for eligible total hip replacements. Earlier this year, Geisinger extended the same lifetime guarantee to eligible new knee replacement surgeries. Thanks to its renowned M.O.R.E. Institute, Medacta offers training programs for surgeons—including those at Geisinger—in surgery techniques and the use of its specially designed hip and knee implants for minimally invasive surgeries.

About Medacta

Medacta is an international company specializing in the design and production of innovative orthopaedic products and the development of accompanying surgical techniques for joint replacement, spine surgery, and sports medicine. Established in 1999 in Switzerland, Medacta’s products and surgical techniques are characterized by innovation. Medacta is a pioneer in developing new offerings on the basis of minimally invasive surgical techniques, in particular its Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery (“AMIS”) technique for hip replacements. Medacta has leveraged its orthopaedic expertise and comprehensive understanding of the human body to develop the sophisticated “MySolutions” technology, which offers surgeons highly personalized pre-operative planning and implant placement methodologies by creating advanced personalized kinematic models and 3D planning tools for use in hip, knee, shoulder and spine procedures.

About Geisinger

Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

University of Scranton to Host Faith and Politics Dialogue

The rule of not discussing politics or religion will be broken at an event co-hosted by The University of Scranton together with several community partner organizations on Monday, Nov. 18. A facilitated dialogue called “Faith and Politics: A Conversation” will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center. Reservations are required to attend the event, which is free of charge and open to the public and will include light dinner refreshments.

Participants will be asked how their faith or worldview shapes their political views. This program invites individuals from different backgrounds and political affiliations to share their experiences, stories and concerns through structured dialogue sessions to build better understanding among neighbors in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The University has organized similar discussions on campus since 2017 as part of an ongoing “Bursting Our Political Bubbles” Dialogue Initiative, which blends the reflective, structured dialogue methods of national non-profit Essential Partners with St. Ignatius of Loyola’s teachings of discernment and reflection.

“Faith and Politics: A Conversation” is sponsored by The University of Scranton, in partnership with the Greater Scranton MLK Commission, Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture, Marywood University, Penn State Scranton and the Scranton Area Ministerium.