December 2015 NewsFlash

Wayne Memorial Hospital

Free Holiday Grief Workshops at Wayne Memorial Hospital
Hanukkah is not always happy, Christmas is not always merry” for people who have survived the loss of a loved one. Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Social Services Department and Hospital Chaplain Reverend Edward Erb are offering six free grief workshops designed to help people understand, share and cope with the death of a family member or friend during the holiday season.

“The holidays can be especially hard on those who have lost someone they cared about,” said Reverend Erb, “in part because Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s are traditionally associated with celebrating, particularly with family.”

The holiday series, part of the hospital’s Grief Workshop program, will encourage participants to explore their own solutions to the challenges of living without their loved ones during this time and dealing with the many changes that follow a loss. The Grief Workshop program will also offer regular sessions during the upcoming winter and spring months.

All workshops are non-sectarian and co-facilitated by Rev. Edward K. Erb, Wayne Memorial Hospice chaplain and Social Worker Anna Walsh, LMSW, CSW. Six sessions on Tuesdays start December 1st from 5:30 to 6pm at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call Father Erb at 570-241-2685 or email or Ms. Walsh at Other sessions will also be offered during the winter and spring months. Participants are asked to complete a registration form, which can be found at

Pinnacle Physicians Join WMCHC
We’ll have a new name, but our patients will have the same doctors and high-quality care they’ve come to know, ” says Pinnacle Office Manager Gail Peterson. As of the end of December, Michael Peterson, DO and Charles Aronica, DO, will officially merge their practice, currently Pinnacle Health Partners, with Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. The new name will be Pinnacle Family Health Center. The practice will continue to be limited to adult medicine.
“We welcome Pinnacle to our ‘family’ of health centers,” says Frederick Jackson, executive director of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC). “These two physicians have a legacy of providing exceptional care to our community for over 20 years. We are proud to partner with them in the continuation of this service.
“And we believe we can help them incorporate new patients into their practice with the addition of a mid-level provider early next year.”
Drs. Peterson and Aronica also welcomed their new healthcare partner. “This merger will help us with the ‘business’ of medicine,” said Dr. Peterson, “such as billing, giving us hopefully more time to spend with our patients on their medical needs, which has always been the heart of our mission.”
Both physicians and their office staff see many opportunities for their patients in the WMCHC network, such as more convenient access to specialists in women’s health, pediatrics, pulmonology and surgery. WMCHC accepts most if not all insurance plans, Medicare and public assistance, and offers increased payment options such as a sliding-fee-scale.
Patients will also have the option of signing up for the WMCHC patient portal, CHCconnect, where they can request appointments, renew prescriptions and more from their computers or Smartphones.
WMCHC, an independent clinical affiliate of Wayne Memorial Health System and a federally qualified health center, operates family health centers in Honesdale, Carbondale, Vandling, Hamlin, Waymart, Lake Como and Lords Valley. A complete list of WMCHC services can be found at

New WMH CT Scan Offers Safer, Faster Exams

Wayne Memorial Hospital is now offering state-of-the-art computerized tomography (CT) scans that are as fast, safe and accurate as possible in today’s healthcare environment. The AquilionTM PRIME CT from Toshiba provides faster exams at the lowest doses of radiation that are reasonably achievable while producing high-quality images for precise diagnoses.

“We are excited about the new CT scan,” said Timothy Farley, MD, medical director of Imaging, “It delivers extremely high quality and detailed images, and its ultra-fast scanning capabilities shorten exams so less contrast and radiation are required, making the procedure much safer.”

Equipped with industry-leading dose-reduction software, the Aquilion PRIME enables exposure-dose notifications for every patient and every procedure.
“The speed of the Aquilion PRIME enables our clinicians to obtain critical patient information for enhanced diagnoses faster than before,” explained Imaging Services Manager Robert Brzuchalski, CRA, RT, RDMS.
“It also allows us to expand the range of patients who can be imaged—from pediatric to bariatric— partly because of the Aquilion PRIME’s large bore opening and the industry’s widest couch. It offers a more spacious feeling for patients and a higher table weight limit. And it’s adjustable to different heights so wheelchair access is also possible.”
The new equipment, which cost about $750,000, was purchased in part with monies from state gaming funds acquired through a partnership with Honesdale Borough from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
A CT scan combines X-ray images from different angles and creates cross-sectional images or slices of bones, blood vessels and soft tissues, offering more detailed information than plain x-rays. The Aquilion PRIME is capable of reconstructing 160 unique slices of information per gantry rotation.

“The Aquilion PRIME is another example of our commitment to excellence in patient care,” said James Hockenbury, director of Ancillary Services, which includes Imaging Services. “This equipment enables us to perform exams that are safer, faster, and more comfortable for our patients.”

WMH CEO David Hoff echoed Hockenbury and added, “We will continue to stay on top of technology that offers our patients the best and safest advances possible.”

In addition to CT, Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Imaging Services offers MRI imaging, digital mammography, PET scans, bone density imaging, nuclear medicine, x-rays, vascular studies and ultrasound. For more information, visit

More information on the Aquilion PRIME can be found at Toshiba America’s website

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