Popular bike tour

to change this year

Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s Heritage Explorer Bike Tour is returning to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in 2020, but it will look a little different because of coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

The Heritage Explorer Bike Tour has become an annual tradition to promote the development of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. With safety in mind, this year’s event will be marked with a virtual celebration throughout September in honor of Trails Month. Cyclists can embark at their own pace, when and where they choose to help support the ongoing maintenance of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.

The event is a fun, family-friendly and noncompetitive. Riders of all ages and abilities can participate. Registration costs $15 and can be completed at https://lhva.org/blog/heritage-explorer-bike-tour-registration-page. At the end of Trails Month, Lackawanna Heritage Valley will award participants with official event T-shirts.

For more information, call 570-963-6730.

Wright Center welcomes

two new doctors

There are two new faces at the Wright Center for Community Health.

Vinod Sharma, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, has joined The Wright Center to treat both children and adults.

He will provide consultations and evaluations to develop behavioral health and medicinal care plans that help patients suffering from depression, anxiety and various mental illnesses and disorders. Additionally, Sharma will serve as physician-faculty for resident doctors and fellows training with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, giving clinical guidance to physicians-in-training that integrates mental and behavioral health with primary medical care.

A graduate of Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India, Sharma completed his general psychiatry residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He also completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

He is accepting both children and adults as psychiatric patients at The Wright Center’s Mid Valley Practice in Jermyn and its Scranton Practice. To schedule an appointment, call 570-230-0019.

David Eisenberg, M.D., a physician with clinical and administrative experience working on interoperability between multiple disciplines of health care, has been named Director of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration for The Wright Center.

In this newly developed role, Eisenberg leads The Wright Center’s extensive behavioral health program to ensure cross-collaboration between primary care and mental health services. He will serve as a mentor to providers offering comprehensive, fully integrated health care in the patient-centered medical home model that allows families and individuals to fulfill all their medical and mental health needs in one place. He will also develop, evaluate and monitor key performance dashboards to more effectively track health outcomes and improve patient care.

Prior to accepting this leadership role, Eisenberg served as physician advisor to The Doctor’s Channel in New York City and as a member of the Physician Advisory Board for CareMesh in Virginia. He also is the co-founder of the smartphone app PreMD Tracker, a platform that provides pre-medical career planning for undergraduate students.

The Dickson City resident earned his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with a chemistry minor from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton. He also studied at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education as a psychiatry resident.

Local boroughs receive

state grants

State grants totaling $894,789 have been approved to help fund three water and sewer infrastructure systems which serve Lackawanna County residents living in the 112th House District, state Rep. Kyle Mullins announced.

The grants — all approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority — are $350,000 Small Water and Sewer grant to Olyphant to assist with ongoing sanitary sewer repairs; $225,205 Small Water and Sewer grant to Jessup to separate sanitary sewer and storm water lines along Bridge Street and $319,584 H20 PA grant to Jessup to separate sanitary sewer and storm water lines along Front and Ward streets.

“The maintenance of our water and sewer infrastructure is a significant cost driver for local governments,” Mullins said. “Every state dollar we are able to secure for these essential upgrades ultimately alleviates the pressure on local taxpayers to fund them, and I’m proud to have worked with our municipal officials and state Sen. John Blake in our advocacy.”

The H20 PA program provides single-year or multi-year grants to independent agencies, municipalities or municipal authorities. The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Programs offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.

New doctor joins

Wayne Memorial team

Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers welcomes Obstetrician/Gynecologist Angela Tang, MD, to its staff of providers at the Women’s Health Center.

Tang sees patients at two outpatient offices—Honesdale and Lords Valley. Additionally, she facilitates births and performs surgical procedures at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale.

“From my first meeting, the strong feelings of family and community were evident,” Tang said in a press release. “I am excited to contribute comprehensive and conscientious care to the community that has welcomed me with open arms.”

Dr. Tang completed her OB/GYN residency at Northwell Health Staten Island University Hospital in New York where she served as the OB/GYN chief resident. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies.She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, double majoring in physiology and human biology.

The Women’s Health Center offers care to women across the lifespan at its offices in Honesdale, Lords Valley, Hamlin and Carbondale. Most private insurances and managed care plans are accepted. Registered Nurse Care Coordinators work with patients to utilize the Healthy Beginnings Plus Program. Additionally, a sliding fee scale is offered to those who qualify. To make an appointment with Tang at either the Honesdale or Lords Valley Office, call 570-253-3005.

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