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REPOSTED from wnep.com by RYAN LECKEY
Think you’re fit? Now’s your chance to prove it at one of northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest fitness competitions called “Clash for Cash.”
Registration is now open for the charity event.
It takes place Saturday, June 24, at Mohegan Sun Pocono near Wilkes-Barre. Spots are limited.
The money raised benefits this fall’s WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 which helps kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.
Head here to signup and to learn more about the workouts involved in the charity fitness competition.
Re-posted from the Times Tribune
BY ROBERT SWIFT, HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF / PUBLISHED: MARCH 14, 2017
HARRISBURG — State officials yanked a proposal requiring disabled people who receive work services to participate in community activities after hundreds of the workers and their families rallied at the Capitol against it.
A family from Throop joined the rally protesting the proposed rule by the Department of Human Services to limit how much time disabled individuals can spend in sheltered workshops, vocational programs and day training programs. The proposal would have required these individuals to spend a quarter of their work week in a community activity as a condition for receiving the work services. More than 20,000 Pennsylvanians participate in a sheltered workshop or day training program.
Phil and Cindy Rossi of Throop said the proposal would be detrimental to their son Matt and interfere with work he likes to do and friendships he made with co-workers. Matt works at a vocational center run by Allied Services Vocational Services Division in Scranton.
At a later House committee hearing, DHS Secretary Ted Dallas said his agency would no longer seek to require individuals to participate in a community activity. Instead, workshop and center operators would be required to offer that voluntary option to anyone who wants it starting in September 2018, he said.
“We definitely heard you,” said Dallas referring to critics of the proposal. “The decision whether to access those (community) services rests with the individual, their families and their (services) team.”
Removing the individual mandate for community activity should address the concerns of area families, said Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114, Taylor, who spoke at the rally.
Kavulich and Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., said they have been inundated with calls from constituents after DHS announced the plan last December.
The proposal came about because of new federal mandates that require service providers to provide an outlet for the disabled apart from a workshop or day program or else risk losing $140 million in federal aid, said Dallas. The concept, which has the support of some advocacy groups, suggests that the disabled should be involved in community life to the greatest extent possible.
Dallas said he hopes a requirement that service providers offer the community option will satisfy Washington.
Rally speakers said the original proposal would remove the disabled from places where they want to be without giving them any say.
“Families and individuals want choice preserved,” said Kavulich.
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Kimberly Yablonski, RN, ADON: Allied Services Integrated Health System announced Kimberly Yablonski, RN as the new Assistant Director of Nursing at the Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Scranton. A twelve year employee of Allied Services, Yablonski brings more than 25 years of experience to her new role. During her career, she has specialized in gerontology and dementia care. Prior to accepting the position of Assistant Director of Nursing, Yablonski served as the Unit Manager and Alzheimer’s Specialist at Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center. She led the staff the Alzheimer’s unit in delivering compassionate, informed and dignified care to our patients and their families, providing formal training in dementia care to Certified Nurse Aides. Previously, Yablonski served as Assistant Director of Nursing at Wayne Memorial Woodlands in Waymart.
Yablonski qualified as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1990 and has been a Registered Nurse since 2001, graduating from Luzerne County Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Yablonski lives in Jefferson Township with her husband Matthew, and their children, Jacob, Leah and Tyler.
Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center is a 371-bed facility providing comprehensive care for both short and long term patients, including specialized respiratory services, wound care, pain management, behavior management and care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.
Mary M. Greenley, RN, B-C, CRRN, PHRN: Allied Services Integrated Health System announced Mary Greenley as the Unit Manager of the Alzheimer’s Unit at Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Scranton. A Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse with thirty years of nursing experience, Greenley has worked at Allied Services since 2003. During her nursing career, Greenley has worked in emergency nursing, pediatrics, CPR training, CNA training and geriatric nursing. She enjoys the opportunity that working in the Skilled Nursing and Rehab setting provides for building a rapport with patients. Most recently, Greenly served as the Clinical Instructor, training Certified Nurse Aides.
A resident of Nicholson, Greenley earned an Associate in Applied Science from Broome College at the State University of New York. She is currently completing a Bachelor in Organizational Leadership at Keystone College.
REPOSTED from WNEP.com BY RYAN LECKEY
After a record-breaking year of fundraising, new life-changing rehabilitation technology has been brought to our area thanks to your contributions to WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run 7.
Last fall, you helped us raise $502,315.00. Ryan’s Run benefits kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.
On Wednesday, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey gave an update on how the money raised last year is changing lives today.
Part of the update included a close look at the purchase of three cutting edge devices from a company called “Tyromotion.”
To learn more about “Tyromotion” and if this device could help with your recovery, head to this link or you can call (570) 348-1360 and (570) 826-3900.
Also during the update segment, Ryan also explained how you can join the eighth WNEP charity team and run with us in the TCS New York City Marathon this November. To apply, head here.
In addition to the “Tyromotion” devices, Allied also invested thousands of other dollars into a wide variety of new rehab devices and therapeutic programs. The technology will help children and adults with disabilities, life-changing injuries and chronic illness in our area.
Your donations also funded:
- One occupational therapy device for addressing neurological or orthopaedically induced motor impairment at our Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Scranton.
- Individual therapeutic supplies and devices for at-home and everyday use by children with disabilities.
- Adaptive children’s tricycles and standers for use in physical therapy sessions.
- Diagnostic device to benefit the Women’s Health Program.
- Laptops for the portable computer laboratory at Allied Services dePaul School for children with dyslexia.
- Music therapy equipment for use in therapeutic programs at our Adult Day Program.
- Training and community education for behavioral rehab services for teens.
Check out this live Q and A session on Ryan Leckey’s Facebook page about how the donations from Ryan’s Run 7 are changing lives here in our area.
REPOSTED from The Times Tribune BY MATT BUFANO
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — High school players, coaches and administrators filed into a news conference Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena, which, come Thursday, will be the epicenter of local basketball.
“If you’re a basketball fan, if you’re a basketball junkie, you need to be at the arena this weekend,” said Hazleton Area girls coach Joe Gavio. “Thursday, Friday, Saturday, you’ll see what you read about: the best teams in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton area.”
Mohegan Sun Arena hosting PIAA D-II basketball games Thursday through Saturday. cv01arena Warren Ruda / The Citizens’ Voice
The home of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will host 12 District 2 championship games Thursday through Saturday.
“It’s going to be everything,” said GAR senior Keyshawn Palmer, whose third-seeded Grenadiers will play top-seeded Scranton Prep on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the Class 4A boys title. “This is what we dreamed of since we were in seventh grade, first playing basketball. It’s going to be a bigger court, bigger experience, bigger crowd.”
Given the PIAA’s recent expansion from four to six classifications in basketball, last season’s championship weekend lasted only Friday and Saturday with four fewer games.
Nonetheless, it was a universal success, bringing in 10,167 fans.
“This will truly be a rewarding experience for our member schools, the student-athletes, their families and friends, as they participate in this first-class event here at the Mohegan Sun Arena,” District 2 athletic committee chairman Frank Majikes said.
Commemorative 48-page programs — featuring photos, rosters and descriptions of all 24 teams involved — will be sold during the games.
Partial proceeds from ad sales will benefit the rehabilitation of pediatric patients at Allied Services, as well as the $1,000 “Miracle Shot” one fan will take during halftime of each game.
“I can’t imagine young people coming into this arena and walking down onto this court and feeling the energy in this arena,” said Allied Services president and CEO Bill Conaboy, whose company employs coaches, referees and parents that will be involved this weekend.
As Mohegan Sun Arena staff assembled the court Tuesday, Nanticoke Area girls basketball coach Alan Yendrziewski reflected on one of the most recent times he’d seen hardwood — rather than ice — at the arena.
“The WNBA was here … it was Connecticut and San Antonio,” he said. “I don’t remember how many years ago it was, but it was a preseason game and I sat maybe four or five rows off the court. It was pretty neat. Just to get close up to the action is neat.
“Now, we’re going to be real close to the action.”
In all, 14 participants are representing the Lackawanna League and nine from the Wyoming Valley Conference. District 4’s Williamsport rounds out the field in Class 6A boys.
There are four schools with both boys and girls teams playing for a championship: Abington Heights, Hazleton Area, Holy Redeemer and Susquehanna.
The first district championship last year at the arena featured Holy Redeemer beating Holy Cross, 52-47, for the Class 2A girls title.
Redeemer boys head coach Paul Guido attended as a fan, while this year he’ll be coaching the Royals 8 p.m. Thursday against Mid Valley in Class 3A.
“My guys are thrilled, man, they’re pumped,” Guido said. “I just feel great for them because this is something they said they wanted to do from the beginning of the year.”
One of the teams playing in a district final for a second straight year is Gavio’s Hazleton Area team, which shot the lights out in a 70-32 defeat of Pittston Area for the 2016 Class 4A championship.
Likening Mohegan Sun Arena to Hershey’s Giant Center, Gavio called the local arena as good a venue as there is in the state.
“Even though we’ve been there,” he said, “our team is very, very excited.”
Tickets for the finals will be $7 for adults and $4 for students. While one ticket is good for as many games that are played on a certain day, there is no free re-entry.
Allied Services Integrated Health System has acquired the 22-bed Spirit of Mercy Skilled Nursing and Transitional Care Unit effective March 1st. The Unit is located on the 5th Floor of Regional Hospital of Scranton and will complement the existing, nationally-acclaimed Allied Services Inpatient Rehab Unit which exists on the same floor of the hospital.
Regional Hospital sold the unit to Scranton-based Senior Health Care Solutions in June of 2013. The unit underwent extensive renovations and operates as a short-stay unit providing extensive rehabilitation services and post-op care.
“Our decision to sell the unit to Allied Services is part of our strategic plan. Having Allied Services continue operations made the decision very easy. They’re an outstanding organization and will provide a seamless transition”, Senior Health Care Solutions President Michael P. Kelly said.
This will be the third Transitional Care Unit in the region operated by Allied Services. These short stay skilled nursing units allow Allied Services to continue to provide the best rehabilitation outcomes for patients. They also create an opportunity for those who are denied more intensive inpatient rehabilitation due to insurance or medical reasons. The administrator will be James Cooney, L.N.H.A., who also oversees the transitional care unit within Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital on its Scranton campus. A successful transitional care unit also exists within the Heinz Rehabilitation Hospital on the Wilkes-Barre Twp campus.
“We are enthusiastic about this new opportunity, it is part of our strategic growth plan. More importantly, we are confident in our ability to have this new unit provide the same national-leading outcomes that exist within all levels of rehabilitation in our integrated health system”, Bill Conaboy, Esq., President & CEO, Allied Services.
Allied Services Integrated Health System is the leading provider of post-acute healthcare and human services for northeastern and central Pennsylvanians with disabilities and chronic illness. Both Allied Services Rehab Hospital in Scranton and Allied Services Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre are nationally-acclaimed for the level of care provided, according to independent review by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The local facilities consistently receive the reviewer’s Top Performer Award, a title awarded to rehab facilities whose outcomes are in the top 10% of nearly 800 facilities evaluated nationwide. For the past 3 years, Allied Services Scranton- and Wilkes-Barre-based transitional care units have been recognized for the highest quality of care, receiving the area’s only 5 star rankings and the “Nation’s Best Nursing Homes” status from U.S. News & World Report reviews.
Allied Services 3,000 employees and volunteers work to advance the health, independence and life quality for its consumers and patients. The non-profit organization is dedicated to delivering compassionate care of the highest quality, whether delivering support for individuals with mental illness, providing rehabilitation or support services in the home, offering end-of-life services, or delivering life-changing physical rehabilitation to children and adults.
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Allied Services is preparing to launch a new support group on its Scranton campus. The Bereavement Support Group is free and open to Allied Services employees, families served by Allied Services Hospice and the general public. Theresa Doughty, MS, Spiritual and Bereavement Counselor for Allied Services Hospice will lead the groups. Theresa has 20 years of experience in chaplaincy and social work. She holds a Masters in Pastoral Care and has served patients and their families in hospice, skilled nursing, acute care, inpatient psychiatric and home health settings.
“The days and weeks following the loss of a loved one can be particularly challenging in many ways; from small details in daily life, to the bigger picture. Knowing that others have and are walking this new path can help ease the pain” explains Theresa. “Some may find it helpful to meet and talk with others who have recently lost a loved one. The groups are confidential, supportive, and we hope, comforting.”
The Bereavement Support Group will take place in the Center Board Room at Luger Rehab Center, 475 Morgan Highway, Scranton, PA 18508. Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month beginning in April. Future dates: April 4, May 9, June 6, July 11, August 8, September 12
Two groups will meet:
||April 4, May 9, June 6, July 11, August 8, September 12
||Center Board Room at Luger Rehab Center, 475 Morgan Highway, Scranton, PA 18508
||Group 1: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Group 2: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
To RSVP and for more information call 570-341-4650.
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When primary progressive aphasia began to steal his words, Jack Brunetti found new hope in communicating with a device from Lingraphica. Read on for his journey to successful communication.
John “Jack” Brunetti’s story began in Scranton, PA. He received a degree in History from the University of Scranton, but used his education to work in his hometown as a Produce Manager for Acme Markets and then as a District Sales Manager for Nestle Food, from where he retired after 35 years. Jack and Diana recently celebrated 50 years of marriage and are blessed with two sons, Steven and Mark, and grandchildren. For many years, Jack’s life was enriched by a love of Penn State football (Saturday home game ticket holders from the 1970s until 2007) as well as charitable work with UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the world. He spoke fluent English and Italian for decades, until eight years ago when he started having language difficulties.
Jack began mixing up his pronouns and dropping verbs from sentences. The Italian was disappearing from his vocabulary. He struggled to find words. As his language impairment progressed, his wife Diana took him to a doctor near their home in Scranton, PA. Jack underwent a battery of neurological tests, but doctors found nothing conclusive and said that he had a mini-stroke. Diana and their son, Steven, sat with this news for a while, but believed that something else was going on.
“We knew that the initial diagnosis of a mini-stroke wasn’t the answer. Something else was going on with Jack,” said Diana. “So Steven decided to seek out a neurologist.”
Steven took Jack to Philadelphia to the University of Pennsylvania, and within 10 minutes, the skilled neurology department determined that Jack, who was 66 at the time, was not having difficulties due to a stroke. He had a neurological disease called primary progressive aphasia.
Primary progressive aphasia, or PPA, is a form of cognitive impairment that involves a progressive loss of language function. PPA is caused by degeneration in the parts of the brain that are responsible for speech and language (the frontal and temporal lobes), and it usually affects people who are under age 65. It begins slowly and initially presents as difficulty thinking of common words while speaking or writing. PPA progressively worsens to the point where verbal communication by any means is difficult, as well as the ability to read or understand what others say.
In the fall of 2016, Jack’s neurologist prescribed speech therapy, and it wasn’t long before Jack and Diana met with Debbie Belfanti, a speech-language pathologist working at Allied Services in Scranton. Belfanti was familiar with PPA and after evaluating Jack, started him on a free trial with a Lingraphica TouchTalk™ communication device. Jack loved the device and began using it to help him communicate.
Since that time, Diana has been a strong advocate for Jack using his communication device. A few weeks ago, Diana made “cheat sheets” for the steps that are hard for him to remember, and she encourages him to use his TouchTalk often. Jack spends several hours at a time working on his device—creating words and phrases that speak on his behalf when touched.
“These machines have so much potential,” Diana said. “It’s been a wonderful tool for Jack.”
Jack lost his ability to speak due to PPA. But with the help of his TouchTalk, he hasn’t let a lack of verbal communication slow him down. He goes to lunch outings with friends—some of whom have also had strokes, picks up groceries, and answers phone calls. Jack even used the device to say the prayer before the Thanksgiving meal. He also loves to read TalkPath News on his device.
One morning in January 2017, Diana was working in the kitchen, and Jack was sitting at the kitchen table on his device when she heard, “I want to take a walk with Taser.” To Diana’s surprise and complete joy, Jack independently constructed a complete sentence on his TouchTalk and used it to communicate about their dog, Taser.
“It was a huge breakthrough. I almost couldn’t believe what happened,” Diana recalled. “Debbie (Jack’s SLP) told me to be patient with him, and now, we’re both so thrilled at his progress. It keeps him involved with the activities of daily living, and he’s getting better with the device each day. He diligently strives to improve his communication skills and takes a lot of initiative with the TouchTalk after seeing how well it works for him. I cannot say how pleasantly surprised we are at how the Lingraphica TouchTalk actually expanded his ability to communicate with friends and family with such a great degree of satisfaction.”
Allied Services Heinz Rehab Hospital is now accepting applications for its annual Rose Brader Scholarships. The Rose Brader Scholarship Committee is offering several $500.00 scholarships to Luzerne County Residents who are pursuing an education or advanced training in Physical, Occupational, Speech, or Recreational Therapy.
The scholarships are named in honor of Rose Brader, a former Director of Volunteer Services at Heinz Rehab. Rose was an outstanding community leader with a strong commitment to the advancement of rehabilitation medicine. Established in 1990, over 100 scholarships have previously been awarded to local High School seniors, college students, and post graduate students. Scholarship awards are based on scholastic achievement, a demonstrated interest in rehabilitation medicine, financial need, references, and personal interview (for finalists only).
Scholarship applications can be obtained from the Volunteer Department at Allied Services Heinz Rehab by calling 570-830-8935. The deadline for the submission of applications is Tuesday, May 1, 2017. The scholarships will be awarded in June 2017 at a reception hosted at Heinz Rehab.
For further information contact:
Donna L. Diltz, Community Liaison/Volunteer Coordinator
Rose Brader Scholarship Committee