SWB RailRiders to Host 90s Night Featuring C & C Music Factory

EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are thrilled to announce that C & C Music Factory will make a guest appearance at 90s Night on June 22 at PNC Field!

The RailRiders host the Buffalo Bisons with a 6:05 P.M. first pitch. Gates open at 5 with a plush CHAMP beanie baby-styled giveaway for the first 2,000 fans. The RailRiders will wear custom jerseys to be auctioned off benefitting the Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge.

During the game, C & C Music Factory will sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Freedom Williams joined the group in 1989 and carries on their legacy to date.

After the final out, stick around for our Post-Game 90s Dance Party featuring C & C Music Factory! DJ Hersh will spin all the best jams from the 1990s on the Geisinger Plaza at the main entrance of PNC Field.

C & C Music Factory’s 1990 debut album “Gonna Make You Sweat” is certified five-times Platinum and featured the iconic smash-hit title track as well as top-ten hits like “Here We Go (Let’s Rock & Roll)” and “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” The ensemble group had seven number one hits on the US Dance charts and “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was included as a top-ten track in VH1’s “100 Greatest Dance Songs.”

Updated 2024 Appearance Schedule

June 22- C & C Music Factory

June 29- Leslie David Baker aka “Stanley Hudson” from The Office

July 24- Amazing Tyler’s Balancing Act

August 17- Chauncey Leopardi aka “Squints” from The Sandlot

August 30- Black Panther on Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamond Night

To purchase tickets or for more information, call (570) 969-BALL or visit www.swbrailriders.com.

The Wright Center Welcomes Alumnus as Graduation Speaker

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s 45th graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 22, at Mohegan Pennsylvania Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre will feature an alumnus who works as a University of Pennsylvania hospitalist and clinical instructor as the keynote speaker.

The Wright Center’s graduation ceremony will honor and recognize 67 resident physicians from seven disciplines: 32 in Internal Medicine; 14 in Regional Family Medicine; 16 in National Family Medicine; one in Psychiatry; one in Cardiovascular Disease; two in Geriatrics; and one in Gastroenterology.

Keynote speaker Dr. Humza Quadir of Philadelphia graduated from The Wright Center’s Internal Medicine Residency in 2022. He joined the staff of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and is also affiliated with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

At The Wright Center, Dr. Quadir served in several leadership roles, including chief resident during the final year of his three-year residency. He also served as vice president of the house staff council, a voting member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC), and a member of GMEC’s Quality and Safety Committee. Dr. Quadir received his medical degree from Ziauddin University in Karachi, Pakistan, in December 2014.

“Dr. Quadir is a leader who understands the importance of our mission to improve the health and welfare of our communities through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve,” said Dr. Jumee Barooah, senior vice president of education and designated institutional official for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. “He’s carried those same values to his roles as a hospitalist and clinical instructor. We’re looking forward to hearing the wisdom he will impart to our graduates as they embark upon the next chapter of their careers.”

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education was established in 1976 as the Scranton-Temple Residency Program, a community-based internal medicine residency. Today, The Wright Center is one of the largest U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration-funded Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortiums in the nation. Together with consortium stakeholders, The Wright Center trains residents and fellows in a community-based, community-needs-responsive workforce development model to advance their shared mission to improve the health and welfare of communities through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve.

Jessica Spare Joins HNB as VP, Commercial Loan Officer

Thomas E. Sheridan Jr., President, and CEO of The Honesdale National Bank, announced Jessica Spare has joined HNB as VP, Commercial Loan Officer.

In making the statement, Sheridan noted, “We are excited to bring Jessica’s longstanding expertise to HNB” He continued, “Her loyalty to our area elevates our commitment to providing great service to our customers and uplifting future opportunities in our community.”

Spare is a graduate of Hazelton Area High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Pennsylvania State University.

Currently residing in Drums, PA, she started her 27-year career in the financial industry at a local financial institution as a Teller. From there she progressed to CSR, Credit Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Small Business Lender, and eventually Commercial Loan Officer. She will continue at HNB as VP, Commercial Loan Officer.

In this role, she is responsible for the development and management of commercial loan customers to establish long-term banking relationships in the Luzerne County market.

In describing her recent move to HNB, Spare said, “I am excited to be a part of the HNB family! It is clear to see that everyone works together as a team and supports each other to achieve success!”

Spare is a member of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and the Hazleton Area High School Baseball Booster Club. She currently serves as Chair of a Women in Business Planning sub-committee along with a number of other leadership roles in the community.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and volunteering in the community.

Penn State Scranton Business Club Explores Benco Dental

Penn State Scranton believes integrating real-world experiences outside the classroom is crucial for students’ success and development.

Acknowledging this, Penn State Scranton’s Business Club recently embarked on a tour of Benco Dental in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Guided by Lecturer of Business Kevin Feifer the excursion offered invaluable insights into the inner workings of one of the nation’s leading dental distributors.

“Company tours provide practical, real-world experiences that complement classroom learning,” said Feifer. “They showcase industry procedures, offer networking opportunities with professionals, and inspire students to explore potential career paths.”

During the tour, Danielle Dominick, culture and people senior talent coordinator at Benco Dental, led the students through an engaging exploration of the company’s corporate facility. Students gained firsthand exposure to supply chain management functions and learned about the importance of marketing, from sales strategies to customer service.

“The tour of Benco Dental provided our students with a unique opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world context,” said Feifer. “It’s crucial for students to understand how concepts learned in the classroom translate to practical applications within the industry.”

The tour concluded with an informative session dedicated to internship and full-time job opportunities available at Benco Dental. Students left with a deeper understanding of potential career paths and the skills required to succeed in the dental distribution sector.

“These experiences are vital in preparing students for success in their future endeavors,” Feifer said. “Some of our students aspire to start their own businesses after completing their degrees, and the entrepreneurial spirit of Benco Dental has inspired them to pursue their dreams.”

Business club members Francesca Villano and Jermin Gilbert shared their key takeaways from the tour, emphasizing the company’s rich history, operational insights, advanced technology, and significant role within the dental industry.

“The tour provided valuable insights into Benco Dental’s supply chain system, including how they source products, manage inventory, and distribute goods. Getting a glimpse of how these things actually work in a real business setting was really fascinating! I would definitely recommend touring Benco Dental for anyone interested in supply chain management,” Villano said.

Gilbert also expressed his exceptional impression of the tour, highlighting Benco Dental’s wide range of supplies, equipment, and services.

“This trip enhanced my understanding of concepts learned in the classroom. The tour guide highlighted the departments that make up the heart of Benco Dental,” Gilbert said. “Being a financial service student, this tour provided insight into the inner workings of a company of that magnitude. Benco Dental offers jobs for various departments such as financial department, marketing, management, accounting and so much more. “

Feifer and Penn State Scranton’s business club extends its gratitude to Benco Dental and Danielle Dominick for providing this enriching opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and explore potential career paths. Such initiatives play a crucial role in shaping the next generation of business leaders and innovators.

Treasurer Stacy Garrity Celebrates 529 Day with Awards for Families

Treasurer Stacy Garrity celebrated 529 Day – May 29, or 5/29 – by encouraging families across Pennsylvania to save with the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program for a chance to win awards, including three top awards of $5,529 – enough to pay for a year’s tuition at a Pennsylvania community college.

May 29, 2024, has also been designated as College and Career Savings Day in Pennsylvania by the General Assembly, with resolutions sponsored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) and Representative John Schlegel (R-101).

“I’m excited to celebrate 529 Day and very pleased that the General Assembly is supporting our efforts by proclaiming this as College and Career Savings Day,” Treasurer Garrity said. “Saving for education is an important step families can take to help make their child’s dreams come true, no matter what career path they take. Treasury is offering some fantastic promotional awards to encourage more families to take advantage of our PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan, which is a great savings tool. Saving now, means less to borrow when a child embarks on their technical career training, apprenticeship or college degree.”

“We all share a common interest in supporting strong postsecondary educational opportunities and career preparation programs to help young people chart a course toward a brighter future here in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Martin. “I am proud to partner with Treasurer Garrity to make more Pennsylvanians aware of the benefits of PA 529 accounts and the key role they play in helping students achieve their dreams.”

“The PA 529 College and Career Savings Program has helped many Pennsylvanian families save money for their child’s postsecondary education for more than three decades,” said Rep. Schlegel. “I encourage all families to consider this savings option.”

Treasury’s 529 Day promotion has been running since May 1, and families have until May 31 to save to be eligible for awards with the PA 529 GSP. The PA 529 GSP allows families to save at today’s tuition rates to meet tomorrow’s tuition costs. Families can choose the tuition level they wish to save at – from community colleges up to Ivy League universities.

Families who open a new PA 529 GSP and contribute at least $10 until May 31, will be eligible to win one of two statewide awards of $5,529, or one of six regional awards of $2,529. Last year, more than 1,000 families started saving during our 529 Day promotion.

New for this year, families who had a PA 529 GSP account prior to May are eligible to win one statewide award of $5,529 if they make an additional contribution of at least $10 to their child’s account before the end of the month.

The PA 529 program has been helping families save and pay for education for more than 30 years. Saving with PA 529 accounts comes with significant state and federal tax advantages. PA 529 accounts can be used for a wide variety of qualifying technical, collegiate, and apprenticeship expenses like tuition, fees, books, equipment, room and board, and more. Saving with PA 529 does not impact a student’s eligibility for Pennsylvania state financial aid.

Families with young children, born January 1, 2019, or later, already have a $100 Keystone Scholars account to jumpstart their education savings. This automatic deposit is available to every baby born in Pennsylvania, and the program uses no taxpayer dollars. Families are encouraged to claim their Keystone Scholars accounts online at pa529.com/keystone and open their own companion PA 529 account to continue saving for their child’s future.

The Wright Center Launches New ‘Care Team’ Approach

The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education have launched an innovative program to enhance patient care while nurturing the skills of tomorrow’s physician workforce.

Medical residents at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education are now members of “care teams” that provide whole-person primary health services to people of all ages, income levels, and insurance statuses. The novel initiative elevates the standard of care provided at The Wright Center’s nine community health center locations in Northeast Pennsylvania while providing a platform for residents to refine their skills as compassionate healers. 

By seamlessly integrating hands-on experience with comprehensive training, the program embodies The Wright Center’s mission to improve the health and welfare of communities through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve.

“Patients get two sets of eyes – the resident and the doctor,” said Dr. Timothy Burke, a primary care physician at The Wright Center for Community Health – Mid Valley in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, and the associate program director of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Internal Medicine Residency. “Seeing the same resident and the same doctor each time means the patient doesn’t have to repeat their medical history over and over. Both know who you are, the care you’re receiving, and the obstacles you face.”

Patients will benefit from building personal relationships with The Wright Center’s resident physicians, according to Dr. Erin McFadden, a primary care doctor who also serves as deputy chief medical officer and medical director of The Wright Center for Community Health’s locations in Scranton, North Scranton, and the Scranton Counseling Center.

“That’s the beauty of primary care. It’s not just learning the medicine, it’s learning how to develop the relationship with the patient,” Dr. McFadden said. “It’s important to build that patient-doctor trust so you can see how their health is changing and, hopefully, improving.” 

Dr. McFadden, for example, said a resident physician will prescribe a patient with diabetes a particular drug to help with blood sugar levels. Now, as part of the patient’s care team, they can monitor how effective that medication is – and what side effects the patient may or may not experience – at subsequent appointments. 

“We’re giving an opportunity to our patients and our resident physicians to build a relationship,” she said. “If you want to take care of a disease and improve health, you need multiple pictures over time to watch cause and effect.” 

The care team concept is not new at The Wright Center for Community Health, which typically integrates medical, dental, and behavioral health care, as well as community-based addiction treatment and recovery services, at a single location for the convenience of patients. To ensure residents could become more involved in patient care teams, The Wright Center collaborated with its Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendor to redesign the scheduling of patient appointments to honor patient continuity. 

The program also means changing the way resident physicians are scheduled for rotations, which are completed at The Wright Center’s community health centers, local hospitals, and other medical settings in the region. Typically, resident physicians cycle through a number of assignments, each lasting a few weeks to a month. Now, the residents who are part of the new care teams are assigned to their doctor’s clinic location once a week.

“That came from a buy-in across the medical residency program leaders that continuity was important and a priority, so no other rotations were going to supersede their regularly scheduled continuity clinics,” said Tiffany Jaskulski, vice president of health innovation and strategic initiatives at The Wright Center.

First-year Internal Medicine resident Dr. Ketaki Pande sees patients at The Wright Center for Community Health – North Scranton on Fridays with Dr. McFadden. She’s enjoyed getting to know patients on a deeper level and says the team approach is helping her become a more effective physician.

“One of the big parts of primary care is managing chronic conditions,” Dr. Pande said. “For example, not everyone responds to a particular medication the same way. So, I prescribe something, and now I can follow up weeks and months later, to see how it’s working and if something else is needed.”