From left, Gail Peterson, practice manager, Pinnacle Family Health Center and Wynter Newman, practice manager, Carbondale Family Health Center.

From left, Gail Peterson, practice manager, Pinnacle Family Health Center and Wynter Newman, practice manager, Carbondale Family Health Center.

Carbondale health center recognized

Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Carbondale Family Health Center is in the top five of Quality Insights of Pennsylvania’s list of medical practices recognized as a 2020 Hypertension Hall of Fame Champion.

The center was acknowledged for successfully managing hypertension or high blood pressure. Of their patients diagnosed as hypertensive, the practice saw greater than 80% of those patients manage to control their blood pressure to within normal, defined as lower than 140/90. Of the 76 practices participating in the challenge, only 15 received Certificates of Excellence. Of those 15, Carbondale Family Health Center was ranked No. 3.

WMCHC attributes the success partially to adherence of the Uniform Data System Measure for Hypertension as well as loaning blood pressure monitors to patients for self-testing at home. In some instances, administrators report additional clinical staff also allowed for more intimate and frequent patient follow-up.

Wayne Memorial’s Pinnacle Family Health Center in Tafton was also recognized as a 2020 Hypertension Hall of

Fame Champion.

Quality Insights of PA is a non-profit organization which focuses on measuring and improving health care quality,

Mid Valley student among scholarship winners

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National has bestowed the Brian Piccolo Scholarship Award to six area graduating high school seniors for outstanding accomplishments and achievements in any sport at the high school level during any or all of their four years.

In addition to athletic accomplishments, the scholarship is meant to honor the athletes who have displayed the same qualities and characteristics as Piccolo, the professional football player who battled cancer before succumbing to the disease at age 26. Piccolo exhibited determination, hard work, integrity, leadership, courage, loyalty, friendship, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor, anti-bias, strength, faith, goodwill and courage in the face of adversity. Nominees must be graduating seniors, of Italian American heritage and intention to use the monetary award for education and/or certification.

Winners include Antonio Pugliese, West Scranton High School, and Gabriella Zambetti, Scranton Preparatory School, first place; Christopher Talluto, Mid Valley High School, and Emily Tunis, West Scranton High School, second place; Abygale Bergamino, Old Forge High School, and Louis Natale, Abington Heights High School, third place.

County Head Start program gets federal grant

Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency’s Head Start program will receive a $1,554,673 grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Program.

The EHS-CCP initiative brings together the best of Early Head Start and child care through layering of funding to provide comprehensive and continuous services to low-income infants, toddlers and their families, according to U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s office, which announced the grant award. EHS-CCP enhances developmental services and provides strong relationship-based experiences and prepares them for the transition into Head Start and preschool.

“Child care centers and family child care providers respond to the needs of working families,” Cartwright, a member of the Appropriations Committee, said in a press release. “Now more than ever, federal funding that helps parents with child care services is very much needed. I commend Scranton-Lackawanna Head Start for their dedication to enhancing the quality of life for children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Jim Wansacz, executive director of Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency stated in a press release, “We are extremely grateful for the money that was appropriated to continue to provide services to low- to moderate-income children throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Not only do we provide quality education, but wrap around services to families as well.”

Head Start services are overseen by The Office of Head Start (OHS), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. The AFC promotes the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals, and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services.

Memorial Funds focuses on community

The Michael J. Bryant Memorial Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation will award grants to people with physical or developmental disabilities or nonprofit community organization projects this spring.

Established in June 2008, the memorial fund has distributed nearly $35,000 to local individuals and organizations. It continues to grow with contributions from family, friends and this year’s virtual Herd the Curd 5K race,scheduled for Sept. 5-12. Administered by the Wayne County Community Foundation, this is the 10th consecutive year the fund will award community grants.

During his life, Bryant overcame many problems caused by developmental disabilities, giving him a special sensitivity to people who had such needs. He also was devoted to his community, volunteering his time to the local fire company.

The fund assists Wayne County citizens with special needs or developmental disabilities or local nonprofit organizations improve their local communities. Organizations can nominate individuals by filling out the grant application and noting the specific need and associated costs.

Examples of specific needs may include, but are not limited to, summer camp tuition for those with physical or developmental needs; specific therapy needs, such as i.e. therapeutic horseback riding or therapy balls; classroom supplies for those with physical or developmental needs; expenses associated with Special Olympic participation, 4-H participation for those with physical or developmental needs or for an independent living for a person with physical or developmental needs; or expenses associated with specific projects that will have a positive impact on local Wayne County communities and are led by nonprofit organizations

Return completed applications,

with documented needs, to the Wayne County Community Foundation office by Aug. 28. The foundation will notify winners by Sept. 4.

The fund will reimburse organizations, rather than individuals, to assure financial accountability. Previous applicants may re-apply. Grant applications are available upon request or may be downloaded from the Wayne County Community Foundation website, Go to the section on “Grantmaking” then “Grant Guidelines-General.”

Questions about the application process can be directed to the Wayne County

Community Foundation at 570-251-9993 or

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