Marywood University Receives Tax Credit Donation from Waste Management

Marywood University recently received a Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) in the amount of $6,000 from Waste Management. The EITC donations benefit the University’s Momentum Program, which enables high school students to earn college credits at a significantly reduced cost while still enrolled in high school.

Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis for contributions to EITC-approved organizations like Marywood University. Businesses range from small neighborhood pharmacies to mid-sized and large corporations, and all are eligible. Participating businesses can receive a tax credit equal to 75 percent of a contribution, up to $750,000 per year. The credit increases to 90 percent if the business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive years.

For additional information about the Educational Improvement Tax Credit or about Marywood University Momentum program, please visit www.marywood.edu/support/eitc/, or call the Office of Development, at (570) 348-6238.

Pennsylvania American Water Expands Northeast Footprint into Wyoming County

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), announced today that it has acquired the water assets of the Winola Water Company.  The system serves approximately 28 customers in Overfield Township, Wyoming County.   

“This system represents a challenge but also an important opportunity for our company – and a real plus for the customers who have been unable to use their water since 2018,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Mike Doran. “Pennsylvania American Water has a recognized track record in helping and making communities better by improving troubled systems and committing the technical expertise and resources needed to bring these operations into regulatory compliance.”

Pennsylvania American Water has been operating the Winola Water System under a receivership since December 2018.  As the receiver, Pennsylvania American Water has invested more than $325,000 in upgrades to the system, including installation of a new storage tank, well house improvements, and additional piping and fixtures.  Additionally, the company plans to replace pipelines in the distribution system and install meters at the customer’s properties.

As approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), the company has adopted Winola’s existing year-round water rates, and will transition customers to monthly billing.  Pennsylvania American Water’s rates and rules of service are regulated by the PUC and are posted on the company’s website.  Pennsylvania American Water provides assistance programs for customers having difficulty paying their water bill.  Information on customer assistance programs and the H2O – Help to Others program is also available on the company’s website.

Geisinger Hosts Virtual Discussion on Colorectal Cancer

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is changing how those in northeastern and central Pennsylvania receive care. Geisinger officials had important preventive care discussions during a virtual event on colorectal cancer hosted on Facebook Premier on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Soohwan Chun, board-certified gastroenterologist, and Dr. Thomas Erchinger, board-certified and fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon, will speak on screening options, risk factors, prevalence in our communities and treatment options during the discussion. 

Those interested in learning more about colorectal cancer screenings, treatment options and what you can do to lower your risk of developing the disease, can watch the video on Geisinger’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/GeisingerHealth during the event.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women, but when it is found in its earlier stages the survival rate is about 90 percent. Geisinger’s multidisciplinary team provides advanced screening, surgical and cancer options for patients close to their homes.

For more information on colorectal care at Geisinger or to watch the video after the event visit Geisinger.org/ColonCancerAware.

Northeast PA Virtual Bridal Show is Coming in February

For 18 years the Northeast PA Bridal Show has been a staple event for brides and grooms in our area. The new virtual format allows us to utilize the power of our radio stations and digital products to showcase your business in a one-of-a-kind virtual experience. Brides will be encouraged to register for the online event and exclusive content.

They now have the opportunity to sit back, relax and peruse through the Northeast PA Virtual Bridal Show at their own pace, on their own time, from anywhere they may be.

This one-stop-shopping experience is a place where you can showcase what you do best, in your own words and through use of videos and images.

We’ll bring the brides, you bring the great ideas!

Looking for businesses like Honeymoon/Travel/Destination Weddings, Jewelry, Personalized Gifts,  Dress/Tux, Photographer, Entertainment, Venues/Hotels/Officiants, Catering, Beauty/Wellness, Dental/Teeth Whitening, Wedding Planners, Limo companies, Save the Date/Invitations, Flowers,  Linens, Favors, Hair/Nails/Make-Up, Banks/Finance, Dance Lessons, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Same Sex Couple options or Micro Weddings.

Ask me how you can be a part of this amazing event for the entire month of February!  Call Kimberlee at 570-880-5307.

Wayne Bank Hires Lackawanna County Business Lending Officer

Lewis J Critelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Bank, is pleased to announce that Francis E. “Trip” Crowley has joined the Bank as a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Trip will be working with Lackawanna County’s team of business lenders in the Central Scranton Community Office to serve the needs of local businesses across the region.

According to Mr. Critelli, “I am so pleased to welcome Trip to our commercial lending team. As a lifelong resident of Lackawanna County with 32 years of local banking experience, Trip will be an asset to businesses throughout the community.”

Trip earned a degree in Banking and Finance from Wilkes University. He is an active member of the National Ski Patrol at Elk Mountain, a member and former president of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons, and is a regular volunteer at Our Lady of the Snows’ Annual Country Bazaar. Trip resides in Clarks Summit with his wife, Michele, and four daughters, Kate, Diana, Sara, and Emily.

Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 30 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario, and Yates Counties in New York State, including those offices operating under the Bank of Cooperstown and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

Walter Wanas Named Wright Center’s Director of Lifestyle Modification and Preventive Medicine

Walter Wanas, a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist, has been named Director of Lifestyle Modification and Preventive Medicine for The Wright Center for Community Health.

In this newly developed role, Wanas will create wellness and prevention programs for Wright Center patients, employees and community partners. He’ll work closely with The Wright Center’s primary care teams and fellow clinicians to incorporate innovative Lifestyle Medicine guidelines — focused on preventing, and even reversing, chronic diseases such as diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension and obesity — into patient care, community outreach and employee wellness programs.

One of the fastest growing fields of medicine, Lifestyle Medicine focuses on six pillars of health: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, relationships and the avoidance of risky substances. It differs from mainstream medical approaches by emphasizing non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive treatments to prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease. As part of its commitment to responsive and responsible health services, The Wright Center introduced Lifestyle Medicine to its clinical and educational operations in the fall.

Wanas will serve as an integral member of the Lifestyle Medicine care team by leading public health and education initiatives and lending expertise about the benefits of adopting whole food, plant-based diets to improve overall wellbeing.

Prior to joining The Wright Center, Wanas served as nutrition manager at Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing, where he was part of its leadership team and oversaw patient and employee experiences.

“I was drawn to The Wright Center’s integrated, comprehensive primary care model, and I’m excited to be part of the team,” Wanas said. “I understand the role nutrition plays in one’s health and the positive outcomes that can be achieved, and I’m looking forward to contributing my own knowledge and skills to our Lifestyle Medicine program.”

A Carbondale native and Morgantown resident, Wanas earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition with a minor in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University and dietetic certification from Marywood University.

To learn more about Lifestyle Medicine or to make an appointment with Wanas, call 570-230-0019.

Marywood University to Hold Transfer Program Opportunities

Marywood University will hold a Transfer Tuesday program for college students or former college students who are considering transferring to Marywood University. We welcome transfer students at all stages of their college careers. In a single visit on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 2 – 6 p.m., visitors can discuss financial aid and scholarship options, transfer credits, take a tour of campus, review credits for transfer eligibility, and complete an application for admission. Appointments are scheduled every half hour beginning at 2 p.m.

The fall/winter Transfer Tuesday program will be held at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center on Marywood University’s campus. Spring semester classes begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

For additional information, or to register for the fall/winter Transfer Tuesday program, please call Marywood University’s Office of University Admissions, at (570) 348-6234, email YourFuture@marywood.edu, or visit www.marywood.edu/transfernow.

Marion Munley Speaks at Three Trucking Law Events in One Week

Attorney Marion Munley of the Scranton personal injury firm Munley Law completed a week of speaking events at legal conferences around the country on Thursday, December 10. Munley was invited to share her expertise on trucking law and commercial vehicle accident litigation at virtual events based in California, South Carolina, and Washington State.

On December 3, Munley served on a panel of experts for the Superstar A-Z series hosted
by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.

On December 4, Munley spoke at the South Carolina Association for Justice Advanced Trial
Lawyer College Auto Tort Seminar. Her presentation was titled, “Ethical Considerations of
Co-Counseling and Other Recent Ethical Issues.”

On December 11, Munley delivered a presentation, “Setting Up Your Trial Story in a Truck
Case,” at the Washington State Association for Justice Winter Conference.

A leader in the legal community, Marion is an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and currently serves on the AAJ Board of Governors and on its Executive Committee. She was the first woman to become Chair of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group in 2018 and is a past chair of the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus. Marion is the second woman in Pennsylvania to become Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Among her other professional affiliations are the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Society of Barristers, and the Summit Council, an exclusive group of today’s top civil justice attorneys committed to the highest levels of trial advocacy, to obtaining justice for individuals and families who have been hurt by corporate wrongdoing, and to the protection of the civil justice system.

Kidney Disease Leading Risk Factor for COVID-Related Hospitalization, Geisinger Researchers Find

An analysis of Geisinger’s electronic health records has revealed chronic kidney disease to be the leading risk factor for hospitalization from COVID-19.

A team of Geisinger researchers studied the health records of 12,971 individuals who were tested for COVID-19 within the Geisinger system between March 7 and May 19. Of this group, 1,604 were COVID-positive and 354 required hospitalization. The team analyzed the records for association between specific clinical conditions, including kidney, cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic conditions, and COVID-19 hospitalization.

Overall, chronic kidney disease was most strongly associated with hospitalization, and COVID-19 patients with end-stage renal disease were 11 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital than patients without kidney disease.

The results were published in PLOS ONE.

“Previous studies have identified a variety of health conditions associated with an increased risk of COVID-related hospitalization, including diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease. What is significant here is the magnitude of the kidney disease-related risk,” said Alex Chang, M.D., Geisinger nephrologist and co-director of Geisinger’s Kidney Health Research Institute. “These findings highlight the need to prevent COVID-19-related illness in patients with kidney disease and other high-risk conditions.”

How underlying medical conditions increase the risk of COVID-19-related complications is not yet fully clear; however, the study suggests that the physiological stress caused by an excessive inflammatory response to COVID-19 infection could destabilize organs already weakened by chronic disease, or that organ injury from the virus could act as a “second-hit” to these organs.

“Consistent with this hypothesis, kidney and heart are among the tissues with the highest expression of ACE2, a SARS-CoV-2 receptor,” the team wrote.

While the sample size studied was relatively small, Geisinger’s resources as an integrated health system allowed for a fairly comprehensive analysis of available data.

“Our team used a novel approach made possible by our extensive electronic health records, unique demographic data and integrated health system,” said Tooraj Mirshahi, Ph.D., associate professor for Geisinger’s Department of Molecular and Functional Genomics. “We were able to perform this study despite having a much lower number of COVID-19 cases compared to large hospitals in metropolitan areas.”

Learn more at geisinger.org