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PHOTO ID: standing, left to right, Allyson Simspon; John Niznick; Michael Frey; Atty. Bill Conaboy. Seated, left to right, Kristina Dorkoski; Jeana Sluck; Christine Gush.

Allied Services Integrated Health System recognized six of its employees at an annual awards ceremony held in the Graf Community Room at the Luger Rehab Center in Scranton. The Charles Luger Memorial Employee Award recognizes an employee or employees for their outstanding commitment and dedication to Allied Services and their embodiment of the organization’s ideals and mission.

Michael Frey, FMP, Assistant Vice President of Food Services of Yatesville, Pa: during his 10 year career at Allied Services, Frey has provided comfort, nourishment and a taste of home for thousands of patients, residents and staff served by the non-profit health system. On receiving the 2016 Charles Luger Memorial Employee Award, Frey remarked on the quality and compassion of his employees and colleagues, the people-driven working environment and the rewarding nature of his work. “In all my 30 years of working in food services, I can truly say that Allied Services is the best place to work.” A certified Food Management Professional, Frey holds responsibility for the food service operations at Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital, Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, Developmental Services Division, “Possibilities” employee and visitor cafeteria on the Scranton Campus and the Corporate Center cafeteria.  Frey’s staff has earned stellar reviews on their food quality from employees, visitors and regulatory agencies that inspect the various kitchens under his direction and guidance.

Allyson Simpson, BS, CPRP, Program Manager, Behavioral Health Division of Jefferson Tw​p, Pa: Simpson started her career at Allied Services 16 years ago as a student intern. Since then, she has made a lasting impact on the Behavioral Health Division and the individuals served by its programs. In recent years, Simpson has been instrumental in introducing valuable psychological rehab and residential programs for individuals with mental illness. Simpson is a certified Crisis Prevention Intervention trainer and serves on the Pennsylvania Association of Pyschiatric Rehabilitation Services. Reflecting on the award, Simpson thanked her colleagues for their support and mentorship. “I’m proud to be recognized with this award and to be able to take a leadership role. I believe in what we do as a corporation and am thankful for what we as a department and organization have been able to do for members of our community.”

Jeana Sluck, RN, BSN, CRRN, Assistant Vice President, Nursing and Clinical Programs of Taylor, Pa: during her fourt-year career at Allied Services, Sluck has become known for compassion, drive, professionalism and calm countenance under pressure, qualities which have benefitted not only the countless patients she has served but also the staff members under her supervision. During the past four decades, Sluck has worked variously as a floor nurse, unit manager, supervisor, patient safety nurse, executive director of nursing, and now as Assistant Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Programs at Allied Rehab Hospital in Scranton. “Above all”, noted Dr. Michael Wolk, Medical Director, “Jeana possesses the empathy and compassion to help patients through life-changing events, which has earned her the respect of her patients, staff and colleagues at Allied Services.”

John Niznick, PT, MDT, CSCS, JSCC, CMP of Harveys Lake, Pa: Niznick joined Allied Services in 1978 and in the intervening years has become a integral and treasured part of the outpatient physical therapy department at Allied Services. Niznick is known by colleagues and patients for his endless pursuit of knowledge and selfless mentorship. He studies widely, acquiring hundreds of therapeutic tools for the benefit of his patients. Niznick mentors students from local and regional colleges.  “John’s compassion coupled with his intellect and experience provides his patients with paramount therapy” remarked Stacey Williams, PT, DPT, outpatient therapy manager.

Christine Gush, RN, Admissions Nurse of Blakely, Pa: a certified wound nurse, admission nurse and electronic medical record expert, Gush has worked at Allied Services for almost 25 years. Gush’ flexibility and commitment to the Allied Services sees her working variously at Heinz Rehab Hospital, Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit, Allied Scranton Rehab Hospital and Allied Transitional Rehab Unit. Gush is commended for her warm, welcoming and patient nature, and her tendency to go above and beyond to meet her patients’ needs. She is a valued mentor to junior nurses. On receiving the award, she noted “I feel blessed every day to be part of the Allied family.”

Kristina Dorkoski, PT, DPT, PYT, CPI of Dallas, Pa: a 14 year employee of Allied Services, Dorkoski is an outpatient physical therapist specializing in neurological and geriatric rehabilitation at Heinz Rehab Center in Wilkes-Barre. She is certified in LSVT Big and Loud and PWR!Moves, two cutting-edge protocols developed for the benefit of individuals with Parkinson’s. Dorkoski is known by her colleagues and patients to exemplify excellence in rehabilitation, constantly striving to expand her knowledge, disseminate best practice and educate patients and community members about advancements in neurological rehabilitation. In addition to her work at Allied Services, Dorkoski is an adjunct faculty member in the Physical Therapy department at Misercordia University, where she instructs neuroscience labs and a special practices course she created on the use of Pilates and medical therapeutic yoga in rehabilitation.