The Wright Center Opens Comprehensive Primary Care Practice in Hawley

Dr. Jignesh Sheth

The Wright Center for Community Health opened a comprehensive primary care clinic in Hawley on July 1 to expand their reach into Wayne County.

Located at 103 Spruce Street, Hawley, the new office provides comprehensive primary and pediatric care to residents in Wayne and Pike counties and the surrounding area. The office is open five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering health care services to adults and children of all ages including sick visits for the whole family, routine examinations and screenings, dental and behavioral health, substance abuse services and the treatment of any illnesses or injuries not requiring a trip to the emergency room.

The Hawley location is the latest addition to The Wright Center’s northeastern Pennsylvania network of nine existing community health centers that provide safety net, comprehensive primary and preventive care to medically underserved populations regardless of a patient’s ability to pay or health insurance status.

“This mission-driven expansion allows us to bring essential primary health services to Wayne and Pike county families and the extended rural community,” said Dr. Jignesh Sheth, Chief Medical Officer for the Wright Center for Community Health.  “The proposed clinic, when fully operational, will serve approximately 1,400 patients with a third of them uninsured, underinsured or underserved.”

To make an appointment at The Wright Center’s new Hawley clinic, call 570-576-8081

“On behalf of the community, we are thrilled to welcome The Wright Center to Hawley to fill a much needed gap in physical and mental health,” said Justin Genzlinger, CEO and owner of Settlers Hospitality.

Johnson College Spring 2020 Semester President’s List

Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO of Johnson College, has announced the President’s List of students who have completed the 2020 Spring Semester with a grade point average of 3.90 or higher.

All students are from Pennsylvania.

Frank Buono. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Clarks Green
Jason Chilko, Automotive Technology, Bartonsville
Kyle Colarusso, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Moosic
William DesChenes, Automotive Technology, Greentown
Brittany Doran, Radiologic Technology, Avoca
Alexander Dubas, Computer Information Technology, Clarks Summit
Danny Fuentes, Physical Therapist Assistant, Edwardsville
Brian Hill, Computer Information Technology, Scranton
David Hudak, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Scott Twp.
Justin Kemble, Computer Information Technology, Scranton
Stephanie Laskowski, Automotive Technology, Covington Twp.
John Lee, Computer Information Technology, Old Forge
Helga Linhares, Physical Therapist Assistant, Clarks Green
Cody Mackin, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Taylor
Regina McCaffery, Radiologic Technology, Pocono Summit
Dominic Motta, Diesel Truck Technology, Pocono Lake
Rodrigue Ngongo, Computer Information Technology, Scranton
Kimberly Rivera Mendoza, Veterinary Technology, Wilkes-Barre
Sean Shearin, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Madison Twp.
Kiran Singh, Veterinary Technology, Putney
Colby Southivong, Computer Information Technology, Scranton
Joseph Stoffey, Computer Information Technology, Jessup
Christopher Taylor, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Waymart
Patrick Teeple, Automotive Technology, Carbondale
Diana Warrington, Veterinary Technology, Tafton
David Weaver, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Carbondale
Kerri Wydeen, Radiologic Technology, Scott Twp.
Thomas Zaltauskas, Diesel Truck Technology, Scranton

For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email enroll@johnson.edu, or visit www.johnson.edu.

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Announces Promotions

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company is pleased to announce the recent promotions of Carrie Sheffler to Vice President and Loan Processing Manager; Kenneth Osiecki to Vice President of Security and Loss Prevention; Darlene Pehanick to Vice President, Payroll and Benefit Manager; and Kitrina Kanaris to Vice President and Information Security Officer.

Carrie Sheffler, Vice President and Loan Processing Manager 
Carrie Sheffler joined Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company in February of 2016 as the Loan Processing Supervisor. She has 20 years of banking experience primarily concentrated in commercial loan documentation, recently expanding into the residential and consumer loan documentation areas. In her new role as Vice President and Loan Processing Manager, she will continue to be responsible for the commercial, consumer and residential loan processing. Carrie has earned an Associate degree in Business Management with a specialization in Marketing from Central Penn College.  

Kenneth Osiecki, Vice President of Security and Loss Prevention 
Kenneth Osiecki joined Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company in July of 2016 as an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. He has 11 years of business-to-business relationship management experience and 23 years of banking experience including retail collections, public affairs, retail management and business development. In his new role as Vice President of Security and Loss Prevention, he is responsible for security and safety throughout the bank, loss and fraud prevention and recovery activities. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Juniata College and is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of the Riverfront Parks Committee in the Wyoming Valley.

Darlene Pehanick, Vice President, Payroll and Benefit Manager
Darlene Pehanick joined the Human Resources Department of Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company in November of 1997 as a Human Resources Representative with many years of accounting and payroll experience. In 2011, she was appointed to the position of HR Officer/Payroll and Benefit Manager. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President. In her new role as Vice President, Payroll and Benefit Manager, she is responsible for the administration of the bank’s payroll and employee benefit programs. She is a member of the American Payroll Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the bank’s Campaign Manager for the United Way of Lackawanna/Wayne Counties.

Kitrina Kanaris, Vice President and Information Security Officer
Kitrina Kanaris joined Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company in April of 2002 as an Items Processing and Computer Operations representative. During her career, she has worked in all areas of Deposit Operations to include Compliance, specializing in the Bank Secrecy Act and Community Reinvestment Act, and as a Risk Analyst. In her new role as Vice President and Information Security Officer, she will be responsible for leading efforts to safeguard the security and confidentiality of nonpublic information through administrative, technical, and physical controls. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and has been accredited in payments systems by NACHA as an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP). Kitrina has organized the bank’s annual participation in the Caring Café program in Great Bend, Pennsylvania since 2013, and has participated in fundraising for Extra Life to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for five years.

Home-Based Daycare Business Webinar

Join the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in a 3-session webinar training to learn the necessary steps to start a home-based day care business. “Starting small” provides the opportunity to test the waters to make sure that caring for others’ children is the “right fit” – while capitalizing on existing resources. Each session builds upon the previous one for a smooth transition to this exciting profession.
Planned topics include:

  • Session 1 – A discussion of the basics of starting a business, tailored toward childcare. An experienced SBDC consultant will provide an overview of start-up basics, legal and insurance considerations, goal setting and business plan development, accounting and budget skills, effective marketing and social media, as well as financing options and requirements.
  • Session 2- A representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will provide a walk through of the regulatory aspects for a licensed home-based daycare, including building code compliance, background checks, training needed, and a description of the childcare subsidy program.
  • Session 3 – State Extension will map out the day-to-day operations of a daycare business, as well as provide timely information about social distancing and health/safety plans for children and their families.

The series will be delivered by Zoom webinars:

  • Session 1 on Wednesday, August 19 at 10 AM
  • Session 2 on Wednesday, August 26 at 10 AM
  • Session 3 on Wednesday, September 9 at 2 PM.

This series is free of charge, but advance registration is required. To provide the best experience, space is limited and classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your seat, visit scrantonsbdc.com or email Leigh.Fennie@scranton.edu for registration details.

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program Offers Exclusive Online Healthcare Courses

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program is offering four exclusive online Healthcare courses. They include: Clinical Medical Assistant, Electronic Health Records Management, Medical Billing & Coding, and Pharmacy Technician. To learn more about the online courses or enroll visit https://johnson.edu/continuing-education/or call 570-702-8979.

Students who enroll in Johnson College’s exclusive online courses learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. The education and training these courses provide give students the opportunity to advance in or begin new careers in Healthcare, one of our region’s essential industries.

The Clinical Medical Assistant course is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks. Job opportunities are prevalent with physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.

The Electronic Health Records Management course prepares students to understand and use electronic records in a medical practice. Students will review the implementation and management of electronic health information using common electronic data interchange systems and maintaining the medical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the electronic health record.

The Medical Billing & Coding course offers the skills needed to perform complex coding and billing procedures. The course covers: CPT (Introduction, Guidelines, Evaluation and Management), specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology and laboratory), the ICD-10 for both diagnosis and procedure coding, and basic claims processes for insurance reimbursements.

The Pharmacy Technician course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Content includes pharmacy medical terminology, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining generic and brand named drugs and much, much more. 

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program distinguishes itself from the College’s 2-year degree programs and certificate courses by providing its adult students the opportunity to improve their skills to stay ahead of the competition, learn new technologies, and advance in their current career.

Johnson College Continuing Education courses, many taught by industry professionals, are utilized and recognized by industry partners because they’re developed in partnership with industry. Johnson College also assists individual students and industry partners in obtaining funding or grants so their continuing education courses are cost effective. Learn more about Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program at Johnson.edu/continuing-education.

The Wright Center Welcomes New Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Wendy K. Wilson has joined The Wright Center for Community Health and its affiliated entity, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, as Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications. A graduate of West Scranton High School and San Jose State University, she previously served as Vice President of Media and Corporate Communications for Geisinger Health System and as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Scranton’s Community Medical Center.

Prior to the past 15 years working in the health care sector, Wilson was a journalist, starting her career at The Scranton Times-Tribune as a reporter before being promoted to Managing Editor of the newspaper’s Community Newspaper Group. She later joined WVIA Public Media as Vice President of Corporate Communications before launching a consulting firm, Wendy K. Wilson Communications, which is how she began her journey into health care.

“My first professional interactions with The Wright Center and Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak began while I was at CMC and I’m beyond thrilled to now be a part of The Wright Center team,” Wilson said. “I’ve known Linda since high school and have been so impressed with her leadership and commitment to the underserved in our community. I still pinch myself when I walk into my office each morning for being allowed this amazing opportunity to work for such a remarkable organization.”

Wilson and her husband, Ben Payavis, reside in Waverly Twp. Her daughter, Lily, lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a musician.