October 2015 NewsFlash


Pocono Medical Center’s commitment to serving the community through its expansion of practices requires a community-oriented team, thus welcoming two new physicians, Zakiya Douglas, MD and Sonyo Shin, MD to Pocono Medical Center’s pulmonary and oncology multi-disciplinary practice team.
Pocono Medical Center’s focus towards delivering quality healthcare is apparent in both their healthcare facilities as well as the service they entrust their highly-qualified staff to provide to the community. The recruitment of these two physicians will serve as key additions to assist in unifying Pocono Medical Center’s community-minded mission.
Dr. Zakiya Douglas was a recipient of a certificate in research for case presentation at the American College of Physicians National Symposium in New Orleans in 2012. Dr. Douglas had completed her three-year fellowship with the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama in Pulmonary Critical Care before becoming a new physician at Pocono Medical Center’s Bartonsville Healthcare Center. Dr. Douglas is passionate about smoking cessation and is adamant about utilizing Pocono Medical Center’s resources to help improve community wellness through both her pulmonary and critical care medicine practices. "Lung health is important – the only time you realize how privileged you are to be able to take a breath of fresh air every day is the moment when you cannot do it anymore," said Douglas.
Dr. Sonyo Shin of New Jersey had been practicing in Easton, Pennsylvania at Easton Area Oncology Associates before joining Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center’s Medical Oncology/Hematology team. Prior to her position in Easton, Dr. Shin completed a Medical Oncology Fellowship at East Tennessee State University, Tennessee in 2008. Dr. Shin is an advocate of preventative care by focusing on patient education, “My concern is to make sure patients are treated like family – patients need more support and I am here to be their number one advocate in their treatment,” said Dr. Shin. Dr. Shin has also had research published, which she conducted as first author focusing on pancreatic cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
Pocono Medical Center and its physicians share a vision to better serve the community, which is why Pocono Medical Center hires highly-trained, community-minded physicians to join the strongest team of providers in the region.

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With your help, Pocono Medical Center can continue to offer healthcare in harmony with its community's needs

Dear Neighbor:

I am excited to announce our medical center's formation of a Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFAC). Being a provider of health care in our community, Pocono Medical Center greatly appreciates its longtime partnership with surrounding communities for more than 100 years. We are committed to providing quality health care to our patients, families whom we are so honored to serve and care for--everyday! We value this relationship and truly believe that creating a Patient and Family Advisory Council with a shared vision will help to build stronger and healthier communities.

Our goal is to create a council that embodies partnership and communication. The council will be reflective of the diverse communities we serve. The council will be composed of patients, family members and/or friends of patients and community leaders, as well as health care professionals.

The council will focus initially on hospital care for patients and help create informed decisions about hospital programs in how they deliver care and provide services. The scope of the work of the council is expected to expand eventually to include architecture and design and service initiatives.

We are honored to share this information packet and announcement with you. Please take a moment to read the enclosed material, which includes a brief application.

We encourage you to consider submitting an application and joining us on this collaborative journey to serve the community. Applications are due by September 23, 2015 with interviews the week of September 25th. The council will meet monthly (date and time to be determined).

If you have questions, please call or e-mail Elizabeth Wykpisz, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at: (570) 476-3314 or

We will truly use this time together to make a difference.

With sincere best wishes,
Elizabeth Wykpisz
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Nursing Officer


Pocono Medical Center Continues Trend of Building the Strongest Team of
Providers in the Region
East Stroudsburg, PA (September 18, 2015) – Pocono Medical Center proudly introduces two new physicians, Victor Catania, MD and Allison Froehlich, MD, to its widely-expanding team of physicians. Pocono Medical Center is devoted to building a diverse, highly-trained team of physicians that can offer extensive care to the community.
"It is my mission to listen and learn about the lives of patients in my local community. My patients can trust that I will work hard to compassionately provide them with the right combination of education, medications, and lifestyle advice, so that it is possible for them to successfully manage these conditions and live healthier, more fulfilling lives," said new Pocono Medical Center endocrinologist Dr. Allison Froehlich. New Jersey native and Alumna of New Jersey Medical School class of 2003, Dr. Froehlich received her MD followed by a 3 year internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital, then a 2 year fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in the endocrine program.
Recipient of multiple awards including an Internal Medicine Scholarship for Elective Study at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Froehlich brings experience to her practice backed by years of research, publication, and a multitude of honorable accolades. Dr. Froehlich is a practicing physician in endocrinology at Pocono Medical Center’s Bartonsville Healthcare Center.
With nine years of education, Dr. Victor Catania joins Pocono Medical Center as a well-versed family medicine physician practicing at Pocono Medical Center’s Mountain Healthcare Center in Tobyhanna. Prior to Dr. Catania receiving his MD at Medical University of the Americas in 2012, Catania served three consecutive stints as a teaching assistant in neuroanatomy, physical diagnosis, and pharmacology.
"I firmly believe that medicine, especially primary care, is truly a partnership between the healthcare provider and patient. And that by working together, great things can be accomplished and quality of life can be improved,” said Dr. Catania. As a family care provider, Dr. Catania looks to serve all extents of the community and help patients increase their initiative towards health through proper wellness education.

A New Addition to the Pocono Medical Center Family
East Stroudsburg, PA (September 23, 2015) –Pocono Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Joseph Smotkin, MD as the new Medical Director of Hospitalist Medicine.
Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Smotkin joins Pocono Medical Center with over 10 years of field experience including Medical Director, Inpatient and Subacute Services at Bergen Medical Associates in Bergen County, New Jersey and Director of Hospital Medicine at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, New York. “Pocono Medical Center is proud to have Dr. Smotkin join us as our physician leader in Hospitalist Medicine. We look forward to working with him as we continue to provide excellent care, close to home,” said Dr. William Cors, Pocono Medical Center’s Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.
Pocono Medical Center recognizes that inpatient care is a primary concern of the community and upholds their facility to the utmost standards of quality care. In his prior experience, Dr. Smotkin increased hospitalist volume by 300% in just 6 years and achieved a steady positive trend in the HCAHPS – a standardized survey used to collect patient perspective. Pocono Medical Center entrusts that Dr. Smotkin’s accomplishments will attribute greatly to the care and treatment provided.

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