Save the Date for the Comm Classic Golf Tournament

We hope that you will join us for a great day of golf with a challenging course, delicious food, games, prizes, and fellowship.

The proceeds of this tournament benefit The Waverly Community House, which offers a broad array of year-round recreational, cultural and educational opportunities that benefit so many individuals and families in our region.

If you have any questions regarding the tournament or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kathy Wright, Programs and Events Coordinator at or 570-586-8191.

Broadway in Scranton Presents CATS the Musical

To help their fellow feline-loving friends at GPAS navigate “kitten season” and the numerous litters of kittens arriving at the shelter, Broadway in Scranton will offer a $5 TICKET DISCOUNT* for the April 22 and 24 performances of CATS to anyone who purchases tickets in person at the Scranton Cultural Center Box Office AND donates a kitten product for GPAS when they purchase their tickets!

Ideal donation items include cat food, litter, and nail clippers. (Please do not bring any large items to the box office.)   A full list of donation items can be found on GPAS’s Chewy or Amazon wish lists.

If you have already purchased tickets and still want to donate, you may place your item in the donation bins at the theater.

Geisinger Loosens Visitation Policy for Hospitalized Adult Patients

With the decrease in COVID case counts, Geisinger has removed the limit on the number of total visitors a hospitalized adult patient can have. However, only two may visit at a time. Emergency room patients may also have two visitors for the duration of their stay.

Patients having a baby as well as patients under age 18 are allowed a total of four designated visitors with only two visiting at a time. The visitor must be designated and wear a wristband the entire time the patient is hospitalized.

Visiting hours for adult inpatients are between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Patients having a baby or pediatric patients may have visitors 24/7. All patients and visitors must wear a mask when on Geisinger property, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors who do not comply with Geisinger’s policies, such as masking, will lose their visiting rights.

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The Wright Center Names Vice President for Quality and Assurance

Constance S. Sixta

The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education has named Constance S. Sixta as vice president for quality and assurance.

Sixta is very familiar with the mission, vision and core values of The Wright Center after serving as a quality improvement consultant for population health, care management, referral management and care compacts at the regional health care and workforce development provider for more than 10 years. She initially acted as director of the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative in which she collaborated with executive leadership at The Wright Center in successfully implementing chronic disease management.

Over the next couple of years, she worked more directly with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education and the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and the state Department of Health on the first national collaborative directed at closing the referral loop between primary care and specialist practices. Known as the “Closing the Referral Loop,” the initiative improved referral timeliness and report receipts between specialists and primary care providers in community practices throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.

Most recently, Sixta worked in partnership with The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education in the implementation of quality improvement strategies, care management implementation, and the Resident and Fellow Population Management Course.

In this new role, she will work collaboratively across departments and services to ensure that clinical practices and clinical education are operating at the highest level of quality. The vice president will co-create workflow improvements and educational opportunities with executives in the clinical and educational pillars of the Wright Center and own innovations and sustainable improvement efforts, particularly around issues relating to continuum of patient care, enterprise-wide training in quality processes, quality oversight, population health and enterprise quality improvement, including Plan Do Study Acts (PDSAs) and safe reports.

“I have witnessed the great work being done by administration, management, providers, staff, residents and fellows across the organization, as we care for populations of special concern that experience disparate socioeconomic status,” Sixta said. “I have enjoyed working with everyone here. Most importantly, though, I have the utmost respect for The Wright Center’s mission of improving the health and well-being of our communities through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve.”

A well-recognized leader in quality improvement activities, Sixta’s experience ranges from the improvement of patient flow in large hospital systems to transformation of primary care practices to the enhancement of practice referral systems for specialty and primary care practices. She has worked with private primary care practices and graduate medical education primary care practices, including Federally Qualified Health Centers. She has also directed improvement collaboratives sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Medical Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, state governments and more.

Most recently, Sixta worked on the transformation of primary care practices to include the development of system infrastructure, change packages and tool kits that support population management.

Sixta holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in nursing from UTH Health Science Center, School of Nursing, in Houston, Texas.

For more information about The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, please lot on to or call 570-230-0019.

Swift Kennedy on How to Retain Employees with Affordable Health Plans

With inflation rates at a 40-year high, most business owners are trying to cut costs in every way possible.  But even though group health insurance rates have increased dramatically over the last year, employers realize they must continue to offer high quality benefits in order to retain workers in this tight labor market.

So, how can employers walk the tightrope between cutting their health insurance costs and satisfying employee expectations? 

Jerry Calistri, President and CEO of the insurance brokerage firm Swift Kennedy & Associates, suggests that business owners consult with an insurance brokerage firm to help solve this quandary.

“When it comes to group health plans, striking the right balance between quality and affordability is what good brokers do best,” said Calistri, whose brokerage firm specializes in group employee benefits in the mid-Atlantic region. 

To help companies strike that balance, Swift Kennedy offers clients multiple-year strategies that can include both traditional benefit plans and alternative options, such as level-funded plans. 

The agency also provides clients with data analyses, as well as Benchmarking reports showing what similar companies offer their employees.  In addition, the firm works with many different carriers in order to negotiate highly competitive quotes for clients.

Employee Incentives 

Since motivated employees usually seek the best medical care available at the lowest price, Swift Kennedy provides clients with educational seminars to inform workers about their benefits and promote employee engagement.

Many of the benefit plans that Swift Kennedy offers clients also feature services that incentivize employees to participate more fully in their healthcare decisions, while keeping their costs down.

For example, some policies include wellness programs featuring professional coaching, on-site assessments, and other services designed to encourage exercising and other healthy activities, since healthy lifestyle choices can reduce an employee’s medical costs.

More and more plans now also include telemedicine, which allows employees to have online medical appointments instead of in-person doctor visits for certain medical conditions.  These popular programs are convenient for workers and highly cost-effective for employers.   

In addition, some policies offer prescription benefit management programs, which incentivize employees to select less expensive generic and mail order drugs instead of brand name ones. 

“Getting high quality health insurance at a reasonable cost is especially important during this time of inflation and record high employee turnover,” said Calistri.  “That’s why Swift Kennedy works hard to provide employers with insurance strategies and solutions that not only help them retain workers, but also help boost their bottom lines!”

Golden Offers Fastest Lead Times for Lift Recliners

At a time when global supply chain and transportation delays are causing a wave of uncertainty when it comes to knowing when products will be delivered, Golden Technologies is making changes that put them squarely at the forefront of offering the fastest lead times for power lift recliners in the country. Golden dropped lead times on in-stock chairs to just one week and custom builder orders to just six weeks.

“As part of our continued operational and logistics improvement processed, we are building more chairs than ever before and getting them out faster to provide our retailers with the quality products they need to increase their revenue,” said Rich Golden, CEO of Golden Technologies. “The net result is that we now offer the fastest lead times for power lift recliners in both the home medical equipment and the home furnishings industries,” he added.

In addition, Golden is adding models to the product offering with two new size options for the PR766 Relaxer power lift recliner in small and large. The Relaxer is the original MaxiComfort® chair and features a luxurious waterfall back with individual zippers for customizable comfort to relieve pressure and improve circulation. A full chaise pad provides lower body and leg support. Other models regularly stocked and available at the one-week lead time include Golden’s exclusive chairs with patented MaxiComfort® positioning and patented Twilight technology, which represents the next generation in their line of quality products. Lift chairs in their popular and long-standing, small-to-tall sized collection are stocked and ready to ship as well.

Golden has continued to invest heavily in new and exciting products with patented technologies designed for comfort and style to increase retail cash sales. Over the last 12 months, they have been working hard to expand a robust and diverse supply chain for parts and products to ensure a continuous supply of quality products and services to the HME market. The recent expansion of Golden’s distribution capabilities with a new facility also contributed to increasing finished goods inventory. The new distribution center expands over 170,000 square feet and is equipped with state-of-the-art warehousing equipment and systems for faster order fulfillment.

“The need for the products we offer is immediate,” said Golden. “We are continuously looking for ways to provide a faster and more efficient experience for our retailers and customers. Our goal is to continue to improve as we work to grow our operations,” he added.

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FNCB Bank “Twosday” Donations

On Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (2.22.22), also known around the world as “Twosday,” FNCB Bank wanted to do something unique for this rare palindrome. Afterall, the date was so rare, another Twosday won’t happen again for another 400 years, in 2422.

In addition to every employee wearing custom designed 2.22.22 t-shirts, team members were asked to nominate local charities to receive a special donation of $222.22.

Initially the Bank was going to select two winners for obvious reasons but selected four due to the tremendous response. In fact, the Bank selected two “human” winners, Ruth’s Place and the Children’s Advocacy Center and two “non-human” winners, Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge and Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

“The response was overwhelming,” said Michael Cummings, FNCB Bank Vice President, Marketing Manager. “We’re glad we were able to have a little fun and help some very deserving organizations at the same time. In 2422 when FNCB is 512 years old, we will do it again.”

The Twosday fundraiser was part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative. As a true, local community bank, FNCB Bank is making a difference through volunteerism, donations and outreach programs.