August 2016 NewsFlash

Pocono Health Foundation Awards Over $150,000 in Community Grants and Scholarships

East Stroudsburg, PA (July 6, 2016) –Pocono Health Foundation recently celebrated its 24th Annual Grant Reception to award over $150,000 to various community organizations and local students.
“For 24 years, Pocono Health Foundation has provided grants and scholarships to invest in improving the quality of life for those who reside and visit this great area. The grants and scholarships have been made possible by a generous community who partner with our Foundation so that local organizations can offer new, innovative health and wellness programs and support the education of tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.” said Steve Cunningham, Sr. Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at Pocono Medical Center.
The 16 Monroe County community organizations that were honored through the generosity of the Dr. Alberta Finch Children’s Health Endowment Fund [$9,700] and the Dr. Claus G. Jordan Endowment Fund [$51,250] include the following:
• American Red Cross
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge
• Bushkill Emergency Corps
• Crossroads Community Services
• Developmental Education Services of Monroe County
• Family Promise of Monroe County
• The Friendly Community Center
• The Garden of Giving, Inc.
• Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County
• Make-A-Wish Greater PA and West Virginia
• Meals on Wheels of Monroe County
• Planned Parenthood Keystone
• Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network
• Pocono Alliance, Inc.
• Pocono Services for Families & Children
• Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg
• Support Services for Seniors
• Women’s Resources of Monroe County
• Youth Infusion, Inc.
• Lions Club District 14-U KidSight USA Project
• Melon’s Gift, Inc.
• Pregnancy Crisis Center of the Poconos
As a result of the R. Dale Hughes Nursing Scholarship Endowment, Jennie Cramer Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Robert A. Gordon Memorial Nursing Scholarship [$20,800] Dr. Elmo J. Lilli Healthcare Scholarship [$2,000] and the Sean P. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship Endowment [$6,000] the following students from northeastern Pennsylvania schools received scholarships:
• Caroline Gillenkirk, $5,000
• Shana Mraz, $10,000
• Mackenzie Steudler, $5,000
• Tracy Vishnesky, $800
• Larissa McNeill-Glowinski, $6,000
• Shanice Lyle, $2,000
Pocono Medical Center’s premier I Need A Hero event, hosted by Desaki Restaurant owners Vincent and Charlie Trapasso, to celebrate and honor all EMS providers and all that they do in the community as integral partners has created the opportunity out of the generosity of the Trapasso’s to generate [$12,000] toward supporting our local area EMS through education, training, and equipment. The following are the recipients of the I Need A Hero Fund:
• Bushkill Emergency Corps, $3,000
• Pocono Mountain Regional EMS, $3,000
• Suburban EMS, $3,000
• West End Community Ambulance Association, $3,000
The Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Pediatric Dental Center, providing dental care for the uninsured and underinsured of Monroe County, has also raised a total of [$7,200] through the Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Pediatric Dental Center Endowment. In addition to these grants and scholarships, a PMC physician received a grant from the William B. Cramer Medical Staff Equipment Endowment [$23,000] to enhance the medical services provided to the community.
The Pocono Health Foundation Endowment also provided funding to Eastern PA Medcom [$21,540] to support the Medcom ALS communication fees needed for all four EMS squads serving Pocono Medical Center.
"Pocono Health Foundation is an integral part of Pocono Medical Center's mission to deliver high quality and compassionate care close to home,” said Dr. Charles K. Herman, Chief Medical Executive, Chair of Surgery, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Pocono Medical Center and Chair of the Pocono Health Foundation Board of Directors. “As a result of generous support from its donors, Pocono Health Foundation is able to give back to the community in the form of the many grants to programs and services to local non-profits aligning with our mission of building a healthier community and scholarships that open the door for the next generation of providers to enter the field of healthcare."
Pocono Medical Center has served the Pocono Mountain region for over 100 years, marking it as one of Monroe County’s largest employers with more than 230 physicians and now over 2,000 staff employees. Pocono Medical Center has three comprehensive healthcare centers located in Bartonsville, Tobyhanna, and Brodheadsville each offering imaging and lab services. In addition, Pocono Medical Center has 19 primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region. Pocono Medical Center offers a full continuum of care from clinical and acute care services to specialized services ranging from endocrinology, neonatology and perinatology to pulmonary, neurology, bariatric, general, orthopedic, and even minimally-invasive surgery with our da Vinci® robotic surgery. CMS-rated 4-star homecare and hospice services are also available through the Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice. U.S. News & World Report recently named Pocono Medical Center among the top 10% of hospitals in Pennsylvania and as a Best Regional Hospital including two High-Performing Hospital recognitions in both heart failure and heart bypass surgery. In addition, Pocono Medical Center serves as a regional leader in safety as one of only 33 hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group – the nation’s premier advocates for patient safety – and as recipient of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Award. Pocono Medical Center’s ESSA Heart and Vascular Institute offers a full breadth and depth of cardiovascular services, including diagnostic cardiac catheterization, cardiac angioplasty, open-heart surgery, and minimally invasive heart procedures as well as vascular surgery and cardiac rehabilitation services. The Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center offers a variety of treatments and modalities, including state-of-the-art radiation therapy equipment and medical oncology. Pocono Medical Center is a designated, accredited Primary Stroke Center providing stroke care via telemedicine. In addition to Pocono Medical Center serving as one of the busiest emergency departments in the state, it is also the only fully-accredited Level III Trauma Center in the Commonwealth as well as the sole Trauma Center program for all of Monroe County and its surrounding communities. For more information or to learn more, please visit our website at, or visit our Facebook page at

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