Wayne Memorial News
The Mini-Grant Committee of Wayne Memorial Health Foundation is aiding eight non-profit groups with funds collectively totaling over $17,000. The grants are offered to organizations focused on promoting positive health and wellbeing for residents of the Wayne Memorial Health System service area.
“It’s a great privilege to partner with such worthy community advocates,” said G. Richard Garman, executive director, Wayne Memorial Health Foundation. “Through the variety of applications we receive, our grants help fund programs ranging from equine psychotherapy to nutrition education to wellness programs.”
2016 – 2017 recipients are: Honesdale Communities that Care; Wayne Highlands Middle School’s Nutrition Program; Greater Carbondale YMCA’s Wellness Program; The Cooperage Project’s Romping Radishes Program; Fair Hill Farm Riding Academy’s Strive to Thrive Program; Project Linus; GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center and the Wayne County Public Library’s “Better information Leads to Better Health.”
Holly Hubert, chapter coordinator of Project Linus, an organization which provided more than 1,000 handmade blankets and afghans to seriously ill or traumatized children in Wayne County last year, expressed gratitude on behalf of her fellow volunteers known as “blanketeers” for being selected to receive a mini-grant for the second consecutive year.
“This grant will help to buy supplies for the many blanket makers in Wayne County,” said Hubert. “While we have many willing volunteers, sometimes the cost of supplies to make blankets becomes prohibitive for them. This grant will help to offset that while striving to make as many blankets as we have a need for.”
WMHF has been offering mini-grants since 2008. Applications are accepted each spring. Non-profit organizations with a 501(c) 3 tax status serving residents of Wayne and Pike Counties and the Carbondale Area in Lackawanna County in Pennsylvania, as well as, southern Sullivan County, New York are considered. For more information about Wayne Memorial Health Foundation, visit www.wmh.org or call 570-253-8272.
Photo: (left to right) Wayne Memorial staffers Lori Abraham, RN, Chandra Roberts, RN, Kimberly Donat and Jennifer Hoover-Hiza, RN are shown with Holly Hubert, chapter coordinator, Project Linus of Wayne County PA, holding handmade blankets designed to provide security, warmth and comfort to children in need. Project Linus is one of eight organizations to recently receive grant funds from Wayne Memorial Health Foundation.
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WAYNE MEMORIAL HELIPAD RIBBON CUTTING
More than 200 adults, many of them first responders, and children turned out for a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony October 16th, marking the completion of Wayne Memorial Hospital’s helipad at 1839 Fair Avenue, Honesdale. A Geisinger Life Flight chopper was on site and open to all to climb aboard and investigate. The helicopter, which represented one of three hospital systems expected to use the helipad, is a mini-emergency room, complete with ventilators, IV pumps and more. It’s used to transport critical accident patients, premature newborns, cardiac patients, critical care adult, pediatric & organ transplant patients. The other two hospital systems are Commonwealth Health and Lehigh Valley Health Network.
WMH CEO David Hoff officiated the ceremony. He thanked the WMH Auxiliary for funding most of the $124,000 cost of the site, and the Geisinger flight crew for giving tours of their chopper. Auxiliary President Carol Sturm and past president Martha Wilson spoke about the Auxiliary and its long-standing history of supporting the hospital.
Jim Pettinato, RN-HP, MHSA, director Patient Care Services, concluded the ceremony by noting that it was part of a much bigger picture. The helipad was built to support an application for Level IV Trauma status, which should be completed next year.
The helipad has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pennsylvania Aviation Bureau, but is still awaiting clearance from the state Department of Health and the completion of training for several local ambulance companies.
Life Flight Nurse Ed Gromelski, RN, was impressed by the crowd. “There’s a lot of community support here, it’s good to see,” he said.
Wayne Memorial Hospital Donates to Walk of Honor
Noting that Wayne Memorial Hospital began back in 1920 as a memorial to Wayne County veterans who had lost their lives in World War I, the hospital’s current Chief Executive Officer David Hoff was honored to be asked to sponsor one of 17 podiums at the new Wayne County Walk of Honor. Each podium in the Walk, a project of the Wayne County Business and Professional Women (BPW), features the names of servicemen and women who are buried in Wayne County, a national cemetery or overseas. The Walk of Honor is on Court Street, next to the county courthouse, and is expected to officially open on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. A ceremony scheduled for 11am will honor the 9,000 soldiers whose names grace the podiums. The site also includes a map of Wayne County cemeteries and a central monument with insignias from all branches of the military. “We are grateful to Wayne Memorial and our other sponsors,” said Betty deMaye Caruth, BPW, “and we welcome more. We will also need donations to continue to maintain the site. We hope people come and see it. It’s really a living testament to those who, by joining the military, signified their willingness to give up their lives for our freedom.”