Allied Services Announces Promotion

Allied Services Integrated Health System is proud to announce the promotion of James Cooney, HSE, NHA, to the position of Senior Vice President of Skilled Operations. In his role, James oversees the operations of the system’s skilled nursing facilities, personal care facilities, and continuing care retirement community.

With over 25 years of experience in post-acute care, James brings a wealth of expertise to his position. His innovative approach to oversight and operational management has led his facilities to achieve superior outcomes, earning recognition for Excellence in Long-Term Care by U.S. News and World Report.

James’s extensive knowledge of regulatory affairs and strategic policy insight has also earned him an appointment as a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. In this capacity, he advocates for the needs of the more than 5,000 residents and patients served by Allied Services, as well as the broader population of older adults in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dedicated to modernizing long-term care, James is committed to providing high-quality services in upscale yet comfortable environments, tailored to the individual needs of the aging community. His efforts were recognized in 2020 when he was named one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Top 20 Business Professionals Under 40.

Colleagues commend James for his persistence in staying current with evolving regulations, a quality that greatly benefits his associates.

Allied Services Celebrates Hospice Star Volunteer of 2023

Allied Services Hospice & Palliative Care has named Charlene Cardwell of Mill City, PA, the Hospice Star Volunteer of 2023 in a heartwarming celebration of dedication and service. This inaugural award, marking the first of what will become an annual tradition, was presented at the Volunteer Recognition Celebration held at Arcaro and Genell in Old Forge.

Charlene, whose journey with hospice care began in a deeply personal manner following the loss of her husband who was a patient of the health system’s hospice service, has been a beacon of support and compassion for nearly two years. Her firsthand experience with the care and support provided by the hospice inspired her to give back, leading her to become an administrative volunteer.

Her commitment to the organization goes beyond typical volunteer duties. Charlene has been instrumental in supporting our veterans through organizing recognition packages as a token of gratitude for their service. In a touching display of her dedication, she also personally crocheted red, white, and blue afghans for the veterans in our inpatient hospice units, providing comfort and warmth in their moments of need.

The celebration featured guest speaker Christopher Calvey Jr. from Jennings Calvey Funeral & Cremation Services, who highlighted the profound impact of volunteers like Charlene on the community and the individuals they serve.

Charlene’s exemplary service not only enhances the lives of those she directly touches but also uplifts the entire hospice community. Her ability to turn personal grief into a powerful force for good is a profound inspiration, embodying the true spirit of volunteerism and setting a high standard for future recipients of this honor. Allied Services Hospice & Palliative Care is proud to recognize Charlene Cardwell as the 2023 Hospice Star Volunteer, thanking her for her unwavering dedication, compassion, and commitment to making a difference.

Four Allied Services Clinicians Earn Specialist Certification in Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Four members of the therapy team at Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center recently earned an advanced certification for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Stacey Williams, PT, DPT, CNDT, Sondra Morgan, PT, DPT, MHA, Dawn Van Horn, PT, MS, and Laurie Griggs, PTA, all earned the PWR!Moves® Certification.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurologic disorder. It affects motor planning and cognitive regions in the brain. Recent advances in basic and clinical science research suggest exercise and learning approaches may protect, repair, and optimize function in persons with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) is an approach that targets the multiple motor, sensory, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. The PWR!Moves® Certification teaches the theory and practice of utilizing dynamic moves during therapy to help patients with Parkinson’s improve fitness, counteract their PD symptoms, and increase their daily activity. PWR!Moves® is just one of the treatment protocols provided at Allied Services outpatient rehab centers in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Allied Services Clinician Earns Advanced Certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation

Allied Services‘ Kori Wood, DPT, recently earned the Advanced Vestibular Physical Therapist Certification (AVPT) from the University of Pittsburgh. The AVPT Certification is a post-professional certification program for physical therapists who want to become experts in vestibular rehabilitation. Wood completed rigorous coursework and demonstrated clinical competency skills to achieve the advanced certification. 

Vestibular rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy commonly used for conditions such as vertigo and labyrinthitis that focuses on improving the relationship between the inner ear, brain, eyes, muscles, and nerves. The therapy can also reduce the risk of falling and improve balance, body strength, and the patient’s ability to stabilize vision.

Wood, who is a Montrose native, joined Allied Services in 2005. She currently treats patients at Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center and has extensive experience in treating balance and vestibular disorders, back and neck pain, and orthopedic injuries and conditions.

Allied Services Welcomes Back RN

Allied Services Integrated Health System proudly welcomed back Paula Munley, RN. Munley will serve as Director of Nursing at Allied Services Scranton Transitional Rehab Unit. Located within the non-profit’s inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Scranton, the Transitional Rehab Unit provides intensive rehabilitation and nursing to short-stay patients. The Transitional Rehab Unit consistently earns the highest industry ratings, including US News & World Report’s Best Nursing Home award for Short-Term Rehabilitation.

Munley has over 30 years of experience in nursing, having worked extensively in inpatient rehab and long-term care settings at Allied Services and other area facilities. A Pittston native, Munley earned a graduate degree from Penn State University.

Allied Services Partners with Local Church to Support Injured Ukrainian Soldiers

Allied Services partnered with Father Myron Myronyuk, Pastor of St.Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Scranton, to donate rehab equipment and medical supplies to benefit injured Ukrainian soldiers. The donated equipment will be part of a shipment of supplies heading to Ukraine thanks to the efforts of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Church and its friends.  

On Thursday, January 25, 2024, a shipping container arrived from New Jersey at the warehouse at Allied Services in Taylor for loading. Allied Services, a nationally-ranked non-profit rehabilitation provider, donated a significant volume of lightly used rehabilitation equipment including stationary bikes, treadmills, and parallel bars. The donation, estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars, also included hospital beds, gowns, walkers, wheelchairs, and other supplies. The donation will assist rehabilitation centers working with Ukrainian soldiers injured since the war started in 2022. 

Allied Services Receives $10,000 Donation for Pediatric Programs

Crothall Healthcare closed out 2023 with a gift of $10,000 in support of Allied Services Pediatric Programs. Crothall Healthcare is a multi-decade partner of Allied Services, providing support services across the non-profit healthcare system. With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Crothall Healthcare is a premier provider of resident and patient-centered support services (EVS, Facilities Management, Healthcare Technology Solutions, Food and Nutrition Services, Patient Transportation, Sterile Processing, and Patient Observation) offering end-to-end solutions for a variety of care, including Acute Care, Long-Term Care, and Ambulatory settings. 

The generous year-end gift will support the delivery of specialized pediatric therapies to children, infants to 18 years, at Allied Services’ main Scranton and Wilkes-Barre campuses.  

“Being a partner of Allied Services since 1991 and understanding the positive impact that they have in their community and beyond, Crothall Healthcare is humbled to play a part in helping to support these much-needed pediatric services that Allied Services provides.  It is a tremendous program that Allied Services is passionate about, and we are excited that we can participate with them in this endeavor!” said Tom Cuthbertson, Senior Regional Director of Operations at Crothall Healthcare. 

Annually, Allied Services delivers more than 24,000 therapy sessions to children in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. The Pediatric Programs provide comprehensive and specialized physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy for children from infant to 18 years with a variety of diagnoses.  

Northeast Rehab Supports Team Allied Services for 14th Year

Northeast Rehab recently presented Allied Services Integrated Health System with a check for $15,000, their contribution to the Team Allied Services and You campaign.  In the 14 years Northeast Rehab has joined the campaign as a major sponsor, it has donated more than $210,000 to improve the lives of patients and residents at Allied Services.  

“Our practice’s long-standing support of Allied Services has achieved great results for everyone involved and most importantly for patients who have utilized technology and services developed through the program,” noted Lisa Monahan-Gatto, CEO.  “The partnership has been wonderful for all involved.” 

Team Allied Services and You features fundraising and awareness-raising activities that culminate with a team of more than 60 community volunteers participating in the TCS New York City Marathon. Justine Metcho, DPM, of North Abington Township, was selected to represent Northeast Rehab in the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon. Since early summer, Justine has raised more than $7,000 with the support of friends, family, patients, and Northeast Rehab. 

The monies raised from businesses, individual donors, and sponsors like Northeast Rehab, allow Allied Services to invest in rehab technology and programs that benefit children and adults with disabilities, life-changing injuries, and illnesses in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania. To learn more, call 570-348-1407 or visit  

FNCB Bank Donates $15,000 to Allied Services

FNCB Bank recently presented Allied Services with a generous $15,000 donation as part of Team Allied Services & You. FNCB Bank is a proud major sponsor of Team Allied Services & You, the annual charity campaign hosted by WNEP TV and Allied Services. Funds raised from the months-long charity campaign will benefit patients and residents at the non-profit health system.  

FNCB Bank is a long-time supporter of Allied Services, contributing to various health and vocational programs run by the non-profit health system. On November 5, 2023, FNCB Bank team member Jason Bohenek will participate in the TCS New York City Marathon 

“We are excited to partner with Allied Services to help change the lives of children and adults in our area,” commented Jerry Champi, President & Chief Executive Officer, FNCB Bank. “We will be rooting for Jason and encourage everyone to support his run with a donation to Allied.” 

Every day, Allied Services touches the lives of more than 5,000 people in homes and facilities throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. The non-profit health system’s continuum of care for people with disabilities, chronic illness, and life-changing injuries includes physical rehabilitation, skilled nursing, pediatric services, behavioral health programs, residential programs, vocational training programs, and hospice and palliative care. Funds raised through Team Allied Services help to sustain vital programs and investments in cutting-edge rehab technology.  

Allied Services Receives Donation from Scranton Region Antique Automobile Club

Representatives from the Scranton Region Antique Automobile Club of America (SRAACA) recently presented Allied Services Integrated Health System with a $1,500 donation to benefit pediatric patients with disabilities served by the health system. The funds were raised at The Club’s 52nd Annual Car Show and Flea Market held July 16th on the grounds of Allied Services’ Corporate Center in Clarks Summit. This year’s show featured more than 150 antique automobiles.