The Honesdale National Bank Foundation Supports Dress for Success Lackawanna

Left to right: Mary Ann Lezzi and Elizabeth Nagy

The Honesdale National Bank Foundation supports the community with a $2,500 contribution to Dress for Success Lackawanna (DFSL). The funds will specifically support the organization’s Jumpstart Program through Network for Good. Jumpstart is a grant funded yearlong program that blends together personal coaching, technology, technical assistance, peer learning and an educational framework to help non-profits raise funds to support the organization’s mission.

HNB President & CEO David Raven stated, “HNB is dedicated to helping our communities’ with funding for support programs in our area.” He continued, “We understand there are challenges that many face when it comes to starting and building a career. Having access to these useful resources can have a great impact on those we care about most.”

Dress for Success Lackawanna is a human services agency dedicated to meeting the needs of low-income women who are either unemployed or underemployed. Programs are designed to ensure that marginalized women have the tools and resources needed to obtain a job and build a career. Their mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success Lackawanna helps by facilitating economic independence, self-sufficiency, confidence and employment retention through their career center, personal development and suiting programs. Funding for the Jumpstart Program will help DFSL establish, diversify and increase individual fundraising revenues to grow these programs as well as the ability to provide services within its six-county footprint.

The Honesdale National Bank Foundation is a 501(c)3 entity established by The Honesdale National Bank to engage in community giving initiatives that foster the area’s growth and resources as it has remained committed to since its founding in 1836. The Foundation’s aims to fulfill that mission through initiatives that support the sustainability and strengthening of resources and programming that make local communities thrive and remain desirable places to live, work, and play. The mission will be upheld through the provision of funding for public charities, institutions, schools and other not-for-profit organizations throughout our local area.

“Stuff the Caboose” for United Neighborhood Centers of Northern Pennsylvania

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) invites the public to “Stuff the Caboose” and enjoy some holiday cheer on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. This free family event will take place at Steamtown NHS, located at 350 Cliff Street in Scranton.

The holiday season is just around the corner! Steamtown NHS and its partners are asking for your help to restock the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA Food Pantry with non-perishable food items. Enjoy musical entertainment performed by the Lennoxville Community Band, police and fire equipment, “Ring of Fire” demonstrations, costumed mascots, and locomotives decked with holiday lights. Visitors will also have photo opportunities with the former Nay Aug Park Miniature Train to capture new memories or relive those from long ago!

This year’s event will be held outdoors, and visitors should dress appropriately for weather conditions. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. While visiting the park, please observe posted signage designating mask requirements, capacity restrictions, one-way flow of traffic, and physical distancing recommendations.

Wright Center Student Physicians Present Scholarly Work at Regional Conference

Resident physicians at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education recently presented their scholarly research abstracts at the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Central Pennsylvania Virtual Conference.

The Society of Hospital Medicine’s regional conferences enable global hospitalists to present their research in the scientific abstract competition. Overall, the state conference accepted five abstracts for presentation from Wright Center of Graduate Medical Education student physicians in the internal medicine program. The abstracts are:

Dr. Brihant Sharma presented, “Lemierre’s Syndrome: The Forgotten Disease.”

“A Case of COVID-19 Pneumonia Superimposed by Stubborn Burkholderia” was presented by Dr. Viren Raheja.

Dr. Mohammed Musa Najmuddin offered his work, “Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism Following Paper Wasp Bite in an Adult Male.”

Dr. Omar Syed presented, “Internal Jugular Vein Thrombus in the Setting of Prothrombin Deficiency.”

“Myasthenia Gravis Masquerading Cranial Nerve Deficits: A Diagnostic Challenge” was presented by Dr. Peter Iskander.

Overall, resident physicians in The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education have had 71 scholarly abstracts, written on a wide array of topics in medicine, accepted for presentation at professional conferences since the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year.

Watch Our Shop Small Showcases

The Chamber – in partnership with Lackawanna County and Anthracite Events – recently hosted Shop Small Showcases live on social media. Four sessions were held with a variety of local businesses who talked about their holiday gift ideas. Watch all sessions below.

Munley Law Ranked in 2022 “Best Law Firms”

Munley Law has been ranked in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 4 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2022 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2022 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan-based practice areas. Additionally, one “Law Firm of the Year” was named in each nationally-ranked practice area.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Munley Law received the folloing rankings in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

Regional Tier 1
Northeastern Pennsylvania
Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plantiffs
Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants

Geisinger Announces Plans for New $180 Million Orthopaedic Care Facility

Geisinger today announced plans for The Orthopaedic Center Pennsylvania, a new multi-floor, free-standing orthopaedic care facility. Geisinger is investing $180 million to bring world-class orthopaedic care to central and northeastern Pennsylvania – and beyond – in one location through the new specialty care center. The new facility in Buckhorn will be located off Mall Boulevard near the Columbia Mall, so community members don’t need to leave the area for advanced bone, joint and muscle care.

“As it’s aptly named, The Orthopaedic Center Pennsylvania will extend its services to patients across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Matt Walsh, Geisinger’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “This is Geisinger’s largest facilities investment for 2021, and one we’re thrilled to make, furthering our commitment to not only make better health easier for the communities we currently serve but also to extend these services to our neighbors throughout the state.”

Surpassing large-scale orthopaedic hospitals in major metropolitan areas, The Orthopaedic Center Pennsylvania will serve patients in central and northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond by featuring specialized operating rooms and a dedicated inpatient unit focused on recovery and mobility after surgery. An on-site outpatient clinic will focus on wellness, injury prevention and bone, joint and muscle health. Also planned are an imaging center and pharmacy, as well as outpatient rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy services.

“This project is more than a building. This is a whole new patient experience,” said Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., professor and chair of Geisinger’s Musculoskeletal Institute. “The Orthopaedic Center Pennsylvania will be a one-of-kind facility in the region providing the highest level of orthopaedic care. Pennsylvanians don’t need to travel out-of-state for orthopaedic care. We designed the building by listening to the needs and wants of our patients and learning from their experiences. By bringing together specialized surgery options, advanced imaging, overnight recovery and personalized rehabilitation and sports medicine programs, our team-based approach will be singularly focused to make better health easier for our patients while also driving down costs by offering them care that’s closer to home.”

By moving orthopaedic surgeries and services out of the hospital, this new facility will create space in Geisinger Medical Center, Geisinger Woodbine and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital so new and existing programs can grow within the hospitals and outpatient specialty centers. This also makes space available within Geisinger Medical Center as part of a multi-year effort to convert all inpatient units to private rooms.

The project is Geisinger’s latest investment in the Buckhorn area. The health system is also establishing a comprehensive primary care facility at its former Buckhorn Office Building, across Mall Boulevard from the future site of the orthopaedic facility. The primary care project will bring primary care services, a Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center, a ConvenientCare walk-in clinic, laboratory testing, imaging and a Geisinger Pharmacy to the region in early 2022.

“These investments in Columbia County are not only meeting the health needs of our neighbors where they live, but doing so with a focused and holistic approach,” said Megan Brosious, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s central region. “Our patients will no longer need to travel outside the area for this level of care. Along with our planned primary care facility, The Orthopaedic Center Pennsylvania will complement the services we already provide in the surrounding region.”

Construction on the multi-floor facility is scheduled to being in early 2022 with anticipated completion in 2024.

Outreach Center for Community Resources Receives Grant from Recovery Rises Foundation

Pictured left to right: Helen Lavelle, Brendan McGovern, Attorney Conrad Falvello, Recovery Rises Foundation, Linda Ciampi, Outreach Executive Director, and Attorney Thomas Cummings, Recovery Rises.

Outreach – Center for Community Resources is honored to receive a $100,000 grant from the Recovery Rises Foundation (formerly Clear Brook Foundation). Outreach partners with Recovery Rises to support individuals impacted by drug and alcohol addiction.

This grant will allow Outreach to provide support and programs that help individuals to achieve family stability, long-term recovery, and economic self-sufficiency. Community programs provided at the Outreach Center in Scranton include workforce development, parenting, anger management, family reunification, financial literacy, career portfolios including submitting job applications, interview preparation, group and peer-to-peer recovery services, and much more. Outreach partners with Recovery Rises to provide wraparound recovery and additional human services for participants. Outreach case managers work individually with participants to connect them to needed services including referrals for housing, food, advanced vocational skills, connection to recovery and mental health assistance, and links to services available at our regional partner organizations.

The Recovery Rises Foundation provides grants to organizations to meet the needs of the underserved in the recovery community. The Foundation provides grants to regional non-profits that seek to create projects that elevate local recovery efforts. Support is provided to advance the following priorities: Foster collaboration among different community agencies, and local government; Reflect a comprehensive approach to recovery community development; Promote recovery community participation and engagement; and Provide evidence-based results.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Announce 2022 Game Times

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced their home game times for the 2022 season. The upcoming season opens on April 5 and continues through September 21 with a full 144-game schedule, including 72 games at PNC Field.

The first pitch for all weeknight games throughout the season will be at 6:35 p.m. Saturday games in April and May will start at 4:05 and shift to 6:05 starting on June 4 for the remainder of the year. Sunday games will begin at 1:05 p.m.

The RailRiders will host two STEM School Day games in 2022 with early start times. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre plays Syracuse on Wednesday, May 11, and Jacksonville on Wednesday, May 25, beginning at 11:05 a.m.

Full, half and partial season ticket memberships as well as mini and flex plans are on sale now. Find more information online at or by calling (570) 969-2255.