Wayne Memorial Health Foundation Community Grants Available
Non-profit groups seeking funding may qualify for a Community Mini-Grant from the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation (WMHF). The grants are geared towards organizations focused on “injury and disease prevention and treatment and the promotion of good health for the residents in the Wayne Memorial Health System service area.” That area includes Wayne and Pike Counties and the Carbondale area in Lackawanna County in Pennsylvania; and, southern Sullivan County, New York.
Applicants must provide proof of their IRS 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status; submit their group’s non-discrimination policy; demonstrate that they are not providing unnecessary duplication of services in the community; provide a written statement of their objectives, target population, anticipated benefits, activities and evaluation procedures. Applications and guidelines may be obtained from Wayne Memorial Health Foundation, Attn: Jack Dennis, 601 Park Street, Honesdale, PA 18431 or by calling (570) 251-6533 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due June 30, 2014.
Photo Caption: A 2013 Mini Grant was awarded to the Wayne County Library System to purchase a broad range of health related books, and DVD’s appealing to women, men, teens, and children. Pictures l to r: Debra Robinson, Bethany; Carmela Carman, Hamlin; Maura Rothmund, Hawley; Carol Shaheen, Newfoundland; Molly Rodgers, System; back row: Tracy Schwarz, Honesdale; G. Richard Garman, executive director of Wayne Memorial Health Foundation; Suzanne Foundation member; William Bower, Pleasant Mount; Nicole Woodmansee, Northern Wayne/Lakewood.
Wayne Memorial/ Luzerne Nursing Program Graduates 2nd Class
Wayne Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the graduation May 22, 2014 of its second class of nursing students from the Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) Nursing Program at Wayne Memorial. All 13 students in the class of 2014 passed their finals to earn Associate degrees in the Applied Science of Nursing from LCCC and are now ready to take the state’s registered nurse licensing exam. Nursing instructors Sharyn Vaughn, RN, Catherine Collins, RN, and Carol Van Orden, RN, say more than half the graduates have accepted positions with Wayne Memorial.
The hospital started the school in 2010 with LCCC to “grow its own nurses” in anticipation of a nursing shortage. The first class graduated 14 students, and many are now working at Wayne Memorial. At the first graduation ceremony, Director of Patient Care Services James Pettinato, RN, told the graduates, “Remember that to be a nurse is to hear a call,” he said, “It’s more than a job. When you’re in the trenches, remember why you came.”
“Going to school these past two years wasn’t always easy,” admits new graduate Valerie Linde, Honesdale, “but I made it and I am so happy! I absolutely, absolutely love nursing!” Linde says she had been involved in the medical field for 17 years, but “this was my chance to have a degree behind me. I’m so thankful!”