Johnson College to Hold Instant Enrollment Decision Day

Johnson College is hosting an Instant Decision Day for prospective students on Thursday, June 20, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at both the College’s Scranton and Hazleton campuses. To register to attend, visit

During the Instant Decision event, Johnson College will provide prospective students with an immediate enrollment decision. Students must supply their high school and/or college transcripts. It is highly recommended that the prospective student completes a Johnson College application before attending.

Applications for Johnson College’s Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Veterinary Nursing programs are excluded from instant decisions.

UNC to Hold Pine Brook NPP Community Celebration

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) invites the public to our Pine Brook NPP Community Celebration. This event celebrates the significant contributions of our Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) investors: Cottera Energy, FNCB Bank, and Peoples Security Bank & Trust. The celebration is scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2024, from 2 PM to 4 PM, at the Capouse Corner Green Space, 1371 Capouse Avenue at New York Street in Scranton. The event will feature food, games, a plant giveaway, and fun activities for the community to enjoy. We ask attendees to bring a book to donate to the Little Free Library located in the space.

This celebration highlights the generous $50,000 annual contributions from Cottera Energy, FNCB Bank, and Peoples Security Bank & Trust through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP). These contributions, totaling a $900,000 investment over six years, are instrumental in our ongoing efforts to rebuild, restore, and revitalize the Pine Brook community, a designated Elm Street Community through the Pennsylvania Keystone Communities program.

Anyone interested in attending this celebration, please RSVP to Chrissy Manuel at or call her at 570.878.5643.

Waverly Community House Tennis Camp and Lessons

Waverly Comm Children and Youth Clinics:

June 17 – August 2

If you are participating in extended Comm Camp, tennis can be included. Please contact Diane at (570) 586-8191 to register.

If you are not participating in extended Comm Camp, you may still register. The fee is $70.

Beginner: 1-2PM

Intermediate: 2-3PM

Private and Semi-Private Lessons:

Private and semi-private lessons are available, please contact Diane at (570) 586-8191 to register.

Private: $40/Hour; $25/30 Min

SEMI: $30/Hour/Person

The Wright Center and NE PA AHEC Workshop Collaboration

Nevena Barjaktarovic, M.D., a dually board-certified physician in internal medicine and rheumatology at The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, will present a free educational session on lupus for Northeast Pennsylvania primary care and emergency room doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

The Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (NE PA AHEC) is sponsoring the internal medicine didactic session, which will be held from 8-10 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, in The Wright Center for Community Health – Scranton Auditorium, 501 S. Washington Ave.

Participation is limited and registration is required by Friday, July 19. To register, visit Participants may join in person or virtually through Webex video conferencing. The video conferencing link will be provided after registration.

The session is a part of the American College of Rheumatology Rural Health Outreach Project, aimed at improving lupus referral, diagnosis, and treatment in underserved communities. It also will help raise awareness among health care providers of lupus signs and symptoms, what to do if lupus is suspected, and when to consider lupus in the differential diagnosis for individuals at high risk.

About 1.5 million Americans have a form of lupus, 90% of whom are women, with about 16,000 new cases annually, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. Lupus is two to three times more prevalent among Black, Hispanic/Latina, Asian American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander women than white women.

Those with lupus can experience significant symptoms, including pain, extreme fatigue, hair loss, cognitive issues, and physical impairments that affect every facet of their lives. Many suffer from cardiovascular disease, strokes, disfiguring rashes, and painful joints. For others, there may be no visible symptoms.

Dr. Barjaktarovic specializes in diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of rheumatic and inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, connective tissue disease, fibromyalgia, gout, joint pain, osteoporosis, psoriasis, and lupus. She also serves as a physician-faculty member at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, where she mentors residents and fellows.

A Clarks Summit resident, Dr. Barjaktarovic joined The Wright Centers in 2020 and earned her medical degree from the Medical School of Belgrade University, Serbia. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at James J. Peters VA Medical Center, affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, and her rheumatology fellowship training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, also in the Bronx.

Geisinger-led Study on Weight Loss and Diabetes Drugs

A recent Geisinger-led study has determined that GLP-1s, a popular class of weight loss and diabetes drugs, may make it unsafe for patients to undergo a common gastroenterology procedure.

Researchers from Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine collected data from 2019 to 2023 on 35,183 patients who had esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) procedures. An EGD, or upper endoscopy, is one of the most common diagnostic procedures to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine. 

Among 756 patients with diabetes who took GLP-1s and had an EGD, those patients were:

  • Four times more likely to have retained food in their stomach during the procedure
  • About three times more likely to have aborted procedures
  • Twice as likely to need a repeat EGD

Among 166 patients without diabetes who took GLP-1s and had an EGD, those patients were:

  • About five times more likely to have retained food in their stomach
  • Five times more likely to have aborted procedures
  • As likely as nonusers to need another EGD

GLP-1s, such as the popular Ozempic medication, decreases how fast the stomach empties, regardless of a patient’s diabetes status, the study found. 

“Having food in the stomach during one of these procedures can increase the risk as well as decrease the ability of your doctor to perform a complete examination,” said Amitpal S. Johal, M.D., Geisinger chair of gastroenterology and one of the co-authors of the study.

The researchers cautioned that clinicians responsible for scheduling and performing EGDs on patients taking GLP-1s, should carefully assess the impact of the medication on the procedure’s safe completion, stating “healthcare providers must consider the implications of delayed gastric emptying when planning an EGD for GLP-1 patients.” 

“If you are taking a medication for weight loss, please let you doctor know before scheduling a procedure,” Dr. Johal said.

The Wright Center Announces Fellowship

Dr. Kristina Tanovic, a board-certified internal medicine hospitalist at The Wright Center for Community Health, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the society of internists. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine, the specialty of adult medical care.

Dr. Tanovic was elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. She may now use the letters “FACP” after her name in recognition of this honor.

Dr. Tanovic see patients of all ages at The Wright Center for Community Health – Scranton Counseling Center, 329 Cherry St., where she is accepting new patients. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Dr. Tanovic is also a core faculty member of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Internal Medicine Residency, where she trains the physicians of tomorrow. The Wright Center’s residency and fellowship programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

A graduate of the University of Belgrade School of Medicine in Serbia, Dr. Tanovic completed her internal medicine residency at Icahn School of Medicine at James J. Peters VA Medical Center, a Mount Sinai School of Medicine-affiliated facility in the Bronx, New York.

Dr. Tanovic and her husband, Dr. Ivan Cvorovic, live in Scranton, with their daughter Iskra Cvorovic.

The Wright Center, headquartered in Scranton, operates 10 community health centers in Northeast Pennsylvania, including a mobile medical and dental unit called Driving Better Health. Its locations offer affordable, high-quality, indiscriminate whole-person primary health services, meaning patients typically have the convenience of going to a single location to access integrated medical, dental, and behavioral health care, as well as community-based addiction treatment and recovery services. For more information, go to or call 570-230-0019.

ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and the second physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000 internal medicine physicians, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physician are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. For more information about ACP, go to

Marywood University’s Psy.D. Program Reaccredited

Marywood University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) was recently notified of its 10-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association. The next accreditation site visit is scheduled for 2033.

The CoA recognized the quality of training provided by Marywood’s Psy.D. Program and deemed it “in substantial compliance with the Standards of Accreditation.” Also noted in the reaffirmation letter was the alignment of the Psy.D. Program’s mission with the overall mission of Marywood University and the mission of Marywood’s College of Health Sciences, which houses the program. Additional positive citations included instilling discipline-specific knowledge through focused courses and the attainment of profession-wide competencies through required coursework, research, and clinical training experiences, as well as the monitoring of student progress to achieve proximal outcomes.

Jeffrey Rutter, Psy.D., Director of Marywood’s Psy.D. Program, noted that a 10-year reaccreditation is “a significant achievement” that demonstrates the quality and rigor of Marywood University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. Marywood Psy.D. students develop competencies in nine areas, including: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. For the past five years, Marywood’s Psy.D. Program also has been ranked #30 among the top 50 respected Psy.D. programs in the nation by, a leading online social community for graduate-level psychology students.

Steamtown National Historic Site Offering Paid Internship Opportunity

Steamtown National Historic Site has an opening for a Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) – a paid 48-week internship with the National Park Service between September 9, 2024 – August 8, 2025.

The park is seeking a reliable, creative, and outgoing person to join our team and with a goal to build and develop a park-wide Safety Campaign.  

The CVA will be responsible for producing videos, social media content, graphic design, print publications, and safety-geared programming at Steamtown National Historic Site. Additionally, they will contribute to park efforts in community outreach, volunteer service, and interpretive and educational programming.
The position includes a weekly stipend of $600, limited health care/childcare benefits, housing allowance, and professional development funds PLUS eligibility for both an AmeriCorps Education Award $6,895.00 (pre-tax) AND Public Land Corps Hiring Authority upon successful completion of the program.

To be eligible, applicants must be high school graduates, between the ages of 18-30 (up to 35 for veterans), a US citizen or permanent resident, and comfortable working outside for extended periods of time.

Interested individuals must apply by July 7, 2024! 

Keystone College Opens Pet Friendly Residence Hall

Keystone College will soon have some new “residents” but it’s not accurate to refer to them as actual “students.” For the first time in its 156-year history, Keystone will offer a pet friendly residence hall as a housing option beginning in the fall 2024 semester. Tewksbury Hall has been designated as a “pet friendly residence” for students residing there. The new designation applies not only to pets, usually dogs, classified as emotional support animals, but also to other traditional, non-emotional support pets as well. The four-story residence hall has two floors of male residents and two floors of female residents.

“During the last few years, we have seen a steady increase in students requesting a pet friendly residence hall option, not just for emotional-support animals but for other pets too,” said Keystone Assistant Vice President of Student Life Carlyle Hicks. “Because of that, we felt the time has arrived to offer this new option to our students.”

Of course, there are specifications as to the number and types of pets’ students may bring into the residence hall, as well as other rules which must be followed. For example, each residence hall room may contain one dog, and one cat or two small caged animals such as gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Dog breeds such as pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, and wolf hybrids are not permitted. Other requirements include such items as certified spay and neuter records, pet tags, and photos of each animal. Liability insurance is also recommended, and roommates must agree to having a pet in the room. So far, a few students have asked to bring their pets to campus, but Mr. Hicks expects the number of requests to increase as word of the pet friendly option spreads.

“Certainly, maintaining safe and sanitary conditions is a priority and we expect students who bring pets into their room to abide by all the stipulations we have so that everyone has a positive experience, and that includes the pets themselves,” Mr. Hicks said.

In recent years, emotional support animals have become important factors in the therapeutic treatment of young people, including college students. Colleges and universities have also realized, that, in addition to providing support for students dealing with documented medical conditions, pets can often provide comfort, entertainment, and friendship while boosting morale and comradery in a residence hall setting. Other colleges which have opened some form of pet friendly residences in recent years include Penn Western University/Clarion, Lock Haven Commonwealth University, Johnson & Wales University, and Stetson University, among others. “We are always willing to explore new ways to bolster our students’ educational and life experiences at Keystone. The opening of our first pet friendly residence hall is definitely something that will provide that type of beneficial result,” said Mr. Hicks.