Pocono Health System and Pocono Health Foundation Appoints New Board Members
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (July 13, 2016) – Pocono Health System and the Pocono Health Foundation welcome its newly appointed board members.
“We welcome Carolyn M. Bortz, Dr. Allister Williams, Dr. William A. Viechnicki, and Maria Teresa Candelaria to the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center family,” said Jeff Snyder, President and CEO of Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center. “Their individual commitment to our community through leadership and professional experience will strongly support and contribute to our mission of providing excellent care, close to home.”
Joining the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center Board is Carolyn M. Bortz, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Northampton Community College (NCC). Prior to her current leadership position with NCC, Ms. Bortz served NCC for 15 years – first as the Director of Nursing Programs in 2000 and later as Dean of Allied Health and Sciences in 2004. Ms. Bortz earned her Ed.D in Higher Education Administration in 2014 from Widener University of Chester, Pennsylvania.
Rejoining the Pocono Health Foundation Board is Dr. William A. Viechnicki, DDS, ABO. Dr. Viechnicki served on the Pocono Health Foundation Board since its inception in 2003 until 2015. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board for two years, then as Chairman for four years. Dr. Viechnicki was a long-standing resident of Monroe County, having raised his family in Stroudsburg and practiced as an orthodontist for 40 years in East Stroudsburg. Dr. Viechnicki currently serves as Chairman of the Board for ESSA Bank & Trust and is currently a professor of orthodontics at the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Also joining the Pocono Health Foundation Board is Maria Teresa Candelaria and Dr. Allister Williams, M.D. Dr. Williams is a Yale University fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon with Mountain Valley Orthopedics and part of Pocono Medical Center’s Active Staff as Head of Spine Surgery Services since 2008. Dr. Williams received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Medicine, in 2002.
Maria Teresa Candelaria, Attorney-at-Law, has practiced law for 40 years beginning at the Office of the District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, followed by the opening of her own practice in Staten Island, New York in 1983. Over 25 years later, Ms. Candelaria then relocated her practice to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in 2009 where she is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association.
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 poconohealthsystem.org, or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/poconomedicalcenter.