Four Decades at Wayne Memorial—still smiling!
“My father would be pleased,” said G. Richard Garman of his 40 years at Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH). “I spent two years with each of my first two employers while my dad worked at one place for decades. I think he was worried—at first.” Garman, a former CEO of Wayne Memorial and currently the Director of the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation, laughed. “I could not have planned or changed anything to be better than my life here.”
Mr. Garman, as he was known for years to WMH employees, was one of 104 staffers honored for long-time service to the hospital at the 39th annual Employee Service Awards Night June 13th at Lukan’s Farm Resort in Hawley. He shared the stage this year with two other 40-year employees, Jeanne Bentley, the first employee he hired way back in 1973, and Ramona Schwartz, RN.
“I like working with the people here,” said Schwartz, “they’re wonderful.” Bentley, who still works in the Business Office, agreed, “If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have stayed all these years.”
The hospital’s Employee Service Awards honors employees at five-year increments of service with a dinner and a gift chosen by them. Sandy Rowe, Cardiology/35 years decided on a set of golf clubs. Carol Kneier, RD, LDN, CDE, Nutrition/20 years, chose jewelry. Chief Executive Officer David Hoff handed out the gifts, personally thanking each employee.
The ceremony also includes a now-traditional slide presentation of how life has changed over the years—when Mr. Garman started, the price of gas was 40 cents a gallon. People used typewriters, not computers.
Human Resources’ Linda Thorpe/25 years and Carol DiMauro/20 years, who co-organized the event, noted that the dinner was one of many benefits of working at a place like Wayne Memorial that hasn’t changed—along with the hospital’s tuition reimbursement program, the annual holiday party and the employee picnic.
“A lot of people think the grass is greener but many of them leave and come back because we have good benefits here and good people,” said Cheryl Sieg, Medical Records/35 years.
In a speech to all those in attendance, the hospital’s Chief of Staff William Dewar III, MD, emphasized how important they all were. “It takes more than doctors and nurses to make a hospital hum, it takes a team—all of you.”
“There are more than 6,700 languages in the world and a way to say thank you in all of them,” Wayne Memorial Health System Board Chair Lee Oakes told the crowd. “And so the entire Board of Trustees has given me the privilege and honor of saying: thanks, again. But only in English. You have to imagine the rest.”
Photo: Ramona Schwartz, RN; G. Richard Garman and Jeanne Bentley celebrated 40 years of service at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
****Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers Offering Free Shingles
Vaccines to Uninsured and Underinsured
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC), a federally qualified health center with offices located throughout Wayne, Pike, Susquehanna and Lackawanna Counties is administering Zostavax vaccine, better known as Shingles, to uninsured and underinsured individuals age 60 and older for free.
As a federally qualified health center, all of WMCHC’s family practice locations have been approved to offer anyone meeting specific criteria the vaccine at no charge. The cost for Zostavax vaccine to be administered to an uninsured adult through a pharmacy is approximately $230. Distribution of the free vaccine is administered and monitored by the PA Department of Health.
Patricia Bohs, RN, BSN, QA and Clinical Services Director for WMCHC, points out the benefits of the availability of the free immunizations, “For all six of our Family Health Centers to be able to vaccinate people who could not otherwise afford it is invaluable,” she stated. “This is just another way for WMCHC to be an active participant in keeping patients healthy and allowing accessibility to quality healthcare for all.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, www.cdc.gov, as many as 1 out of 3 people in the United States develops shingles. Although anyone who has recovered from chickenpox is at risk for shingles, this risk increases as a person gets older. The CDC recommends the Shingles vaccine for people age 60 plus even if the individual does not recall ever having chickenpox. In some cases, adults who have had chickenpox simply do not remember having contracted it.
In order to receive the free vaccine, people must be 60 or older and either uninsured or underinsured (which includes Medicare recipients who do not have Medicare Part “D” and those with commercial insurance that does not cover Zostavax Vaccine.)
Anyone wishing to receive the vaccine is required to call one of the following WMCHC sites during regular business hours to inquire about availability: Honesdale Family Health Center, Stourbridge Professional Complex, 600 Maple Avenue, Honesdale at 570-251-6672; Carbondale Family Health Center, Marian Community Professional Building, 141 Salem Avenue, Suite 302, Carbondale at 570-282-2031; McAndrew Family Health Center, 111 Main Street, Vandling at 570-785-3194; Northern Wayne Family Health Center, 412 Como Road, Lake Como at 570-798-2828; Pike Family Health Center, 750 Route 739, Lords Valley at 570-775-7100 or Waymart Family Health Center, Wayne Woodland Medical Complex, 29 Woodlands Drive, Waymart at 570-488-9770.
WMCHC, is a clinical affiliate of Wayne Memorial Health System, Inc. WMCHC offers primary care, women’s health care, pediatric services, dental care, pulmonology, general surgery and behavioral health services at various satellite offices. Most private insurances as well as medical assistance are accepted. For more information, call 570-251-6676 or visit www.wmh.org/WMCHC.