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Allied Services Integrated Health System ceremonially opened its new Transitional Rehab Unit at a recent ribbon-cutting. Patients at the 55-bed unit, located inside the top-rated Scranton Rehab Hospital, will enjoy access to the medical rehab expertise and resources of the rehab hospital along with the highest quality nursing care in an extensively renovated setting. For information and admissions call 570-348-1359.
Back row, left to right: Paula Munley, Director of Nursing; Dr. Greg Basting, VP of Medical Services; Michael Frey, Director of Food Services; Atty. Bill Conaboy, President & CEO.
Front row, left to right: Mike Avvisato, Sr. VP & CFO; Barbara Ptakowski, RN Supervisor; Karen Kearney, VP of Inpatient Rehabilitation; Dr. Richard L. Weinberger, Board of Directors; Marie Coyle, Social Worker; Mariel Blaisure, RNAC; Kathleen Stella, Ass. VP of Case Management; Robert Cole, Phd, VP of Systems Improvement Services; Jim Cooney, Administrator, Transitional Rehab Unit.
Recent changes in health care have made it difficult for some patients to access rehab care, but a new expansion of Allied Rehab Hospital, Scranton, will help them get the short-term rehab services they need. The Allied Services Transitional Rehab Unit will open in July.
Years in the planning, the new, 55-bed Transitional Rehab Unit now occupies the hospital’s third floor. Extensive renovations to patient rooms, nursing stations, patient care and visiting areas were completed in May.
Transitional Rehab is designed for patients who need medical rehabilitation combined with round-the-clock nursing care. “We’re now able to accommodate more patients, including many short-stay patients who don’t match the typical rehab or long-term care skilled nursing profile. We are very proud to bring this desperately needed level of care to our region,” said Attorney Bill Conaboy, President and C.E.O. of Allied Services Integrated Health System.
“Transitional patients will have access to the same rehab expertise, advanced technology and superior care that earned Allied Services Rehab Hospital its #1 national ranking,” said Administrator James Cooney, N.H.A., referring to the latest performance rankings from the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, an independent performance rating organization that ranked some 770 rehab hospitals across the U.S. Mr. Cooney was appointed to oversee the Transitional Unit earlier this year. He is a Pennsylvania licensed nursing home administrator with over 15 years’ professional experience in healthcare.
Kenneth W. Gentilezza, M.D., was appointed as Medical Director of the Transitional Rehab Unit. Dr. Gentilezza holds certifications from the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Academy of Pain Management, and has practiced in northeastern Pennsylvania since 1986. He joins an Allied Services team that includes some of the nation’s best-qualified, most experienced therapists, nurses, social workers and caregivers.
The new unit fills a gap in the region’s healthcare continuum, said Atty. Conaboy. “Right here in Scranton, Pennsylvania, we’re putting world-class medical rehab resources to work to help a wider variety of patients, to help them achieve fuller, faster recoveries.”
Physicians and other health professionals will be invited to tour the facility in June. Learn more by calling 570-348-1359.
The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins recently presented Allied Services with a donation of more than $8,000 to support pediatric and autism programs at the non-profit health system. Most autism services are not fully covered by insurance and Allied Services provides critical rehab services for pediatric patients without regard to their parents’ ability to pay.
The funds were raised through the two organizations’ partnership and from fans’ support of special events like the 2014 Pens & Pins Charity Bowling Tournament and Penguins Mystery Puck sales.
Pictured, left to right: Jeff Barrett, President, WBS Penguins; Atty. Bill Conaboy, President & CEO, Allied Services Integrated Health System; Rob Belza, Vice President, WBS Penguins; Greg Petorak, CFO, WBS Penguins.
Nearly 130 golfers teed off recently at the Huntsville Golf Club in Lehman, Pa for the annual event, which has collected more than $1million for the local non-profit health and human services provider in the last 20 years. The 21st Autism Golf Classic raised more than $110,000 for pediatric and autism services at Allied Services.
Hosted by Allied Services and presenting sponsor, Lexus MotorWorld, the tournament included a dinner, silent and live auction and the Lexus Champions for Charity Raffle, an annual raffle giving one lucky supporter a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the three-day Pebble Beach golf tournament.
“We’re pleased and humbled that so many players and sponsors teamed up with Allied Services and Lexus MotorWorld again this year to make the Autism Golf Classic a huge success,” said Attorney Bill Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit pediatric patients with diagnoses on the autism spectrum disorder who receive treatment and services at Allied Services. Most autism services are not fully covered by insurance, and Allied Services provides critical rehab services for pediatric patients without regard to their parents’ ability to pay.
For the past 12 years, the funds raised through the Autism Golf Classic have supported Autism rehab services, as well as pragmatic social groups serving children with Autism throughout the region. One such group is Parents and Professionals, which was founded by the parent of a child with autism and his therapist at Heinz Rehab. The group sponsors sports, social events and an annual trip to the Philadelphia Zoo.
Pictured, from left: left to right, tournament winners, Larry Medico, Jr.; Mariano Medico; Larry Medico; Chase Makowski.
Nationally-renowned neuropsychologist, Dr. Michael Raymond, will share findings from two of his professional studies at the 2014 Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). As part of the conference in Puerto Rico this November, Dr. Raymond will present and answer questions on posters detailing the outcomes and conclusions of these studies.
The first, “Influence of Depression on Neuropsychology Performance of Returning Veterans With or Without Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” examines the results of a study involving 138 returning Veterans. The second poster is titled “Neuropsychological findings in a patient with limbic encephalitis associated with NMDA receptor antibodies.”
Dr. Michael Raymond is a leading researcher and expert in the field of cognitive development, brain injury and a certified ImPACT Test concussion specialist. He has served as Director of Clinical/Forensic Neuropsychology and Clinical Director of the Brain Injury Program and Sports Concussion Program at Heinz Rehab for the past 26 years. Dr. Raymond has lectured both nationally and internationally and has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications related to neuropsychological assessment, forensic neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, brain injury rehabilitation and other neurological disorders.
Allied Services Auxiliary at Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre Township recently announced the winners of its annual scholarship program. The Rose Brader Scholarship was established in 1990 to support the community’s health care needs by investing in students pursuing educational in the field of rehabilitation medicine. The Fund is named in honor of Rose Brader, a former Director of Volunteer Services at Heinz Rehab, know as an outstanding community leader with a commitment to the advancement of rehabilitation medicine.
The 2014 recipients of the Rose Brader Scholarship are Jennifer Cave of Dallas High School, Anthony D’Elisio, Jr. of Pittston Area High School, Taylor Karlick of Hazleton Area High Schoo, Lindsey Lane of Greater Nanticoke Area High School, Amy Paddock of Misericordia University and Rebecca Price of Crestwood High School.
Pictured, from left: Anthony D’Eliseo, Jr.,Pittston Area High School; Jennifer Cave, Dallas High School. Standing left to right: Amy Paddock, Misericordia University; Karen Kearney, Vice President of Inpatient Rehabilitation, Allied Services; Rebecca Price, Crestwood High School. Missing from photo: Lindsay Lane, Greater Nanticoke Area High School; Taylor Karlick, Hazleton Area High School.
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Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre Township recently held its Spring Volunteer Luncheon in the Rose Brader Room at the Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre Township. Father James Hayer of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church delivered the invocation and Bill Conaboy, Allied Services CEO and President, offered his thanks for the invaluable contribution volunteers make to the patients and families served by Allied Services in Luzerne and surrounding counties.
Pictured, from left: Dr. Gregory Basting, VP of Medical Services, Father James G. Hayer, Atty. Bill Conaboy, President & CEO, Mary Yuknavich, Director of Heinz Rehab Hospital Auxiliary/Volunteers, Karen Kearney, VP of Inpatient Rehabilitation, Tom Pugh.
Allied Services Integrated Health System recently held its annual Volunteers Appreciation Luncheon in the Graf Community Room at Allied Services in Scranton. Bill Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services, joined the group to offer his personal thanks for the services, time and talent offered each year by the more than 100 volunteers that support services in Scranton.
Pictured, from left: left to right, Allied Services Volunteers Pat Mould, Past President, Shirley Lewis, Recording Secretary, Beverly Harris, 1st Vice President, Bill Tonti, President.
Every time Kristin Hoovler passes someone on a motorcycle, she wishes them luck. If they’re not wearing a safety helmet, she tells them to go get a helmet.
In September 2013, the 34 year old from Mountain Top suffered a traumatic brain injury from a major motorcycle accident. Her boyfriend, Steve, who was driving, suffered multiple broken bones. “If it wasn’t for the helmet I was wearing, I wouldn’t be here today.”
John and Pat Hoovler also credit staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for saving their daughter’s life.
After almost a month at Geisinger, they were faced with making the decision about where to send Kristin for rehabilitation. She was in a wheelchair, had a tracheotomy and feeding tube, wore a protective helmet and needed round the clock care.
For a while, they considered sending Kristin to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. “You want the absolute best for your child” shares Pat Hoovler.
After researching the options, they realized that Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre Township offered the best chance of success. The inpatient rehabilitation hospital houses one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation programs for people suffering from brain injury. According to independent rankings supplied by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, compared regionally and nationally, patients in Heinz’s brain injury program frequently go home quicker and with more independent functioning.
“You don’t realize what’s here in this community until you need it. We soon realized that the best care was here at home.”
An added benefit of choosing Heinz Rehab Hospital was that Kristin could draw on a strong support network. Although Kristin has no memory of her first month at Heinz, her friends and family were a constant fixture at the hospital. Jessica Yamrus-Yanik from Changes Health and Fitness in Luzerne helped Kristin lose 115lbs prior to the accident and welcomed by Kristin’s physical therapists as she helped motivate her through painful physical therapy sessions.
Just weeks after Kristin’s accident, her friends and family organized the “5k-Rock”, fondly named after Kristin’s nickname K-Rock. The 5k run/walk raised funds and awareness of brain injury and motorcycle safety. Kristin’s therapists were among the hundreds who braved the cold that day to answer questions and hand out safety helmets.
While the recovery process wasn’t always easy, Pat and John were reassured by the therapists, nurses and staff who cared for Kristin. “The therapists at Heinz were amazing. They knew when to push Kristin and when to hold back. They were there for us every step of the way ” comments Pat.
During outpatient occupational therapy, Kristin benefited from the Saebo Rejoyce, cutting edge rehabilitation technology acquired with funds raised through the Ryan’s Run campaign. Utilizing the NeuroGaming component of the Saebo Rejoyce enabled Kristin to test and develop her speed, endurance, coordination, range of motion and strength while performing everyday tasks.
In April, just six months after the accident, Kristin graduated from her outpatient physical and occupational therapy programs. She still struggles with short term memory and vocabulary and has residual vision and hearing issues. However if her success in nightly Scrabble games is any indication, she is well on her way to recovery.
In addition to ongoing speech and cognitive therapy at Heinz, Kristin has resumed her healthy lifestyle, incorporating pilates and other balance and strength exercises into her daily workout routines.
Her goal is to be fit enough to join her family and friends at the upcoming wedding of two close friends. For Kristin, this is more than just a physical goal. “I want to get better to celebrate love and life with several special friends who are getting married” shared Kristin.
Being there for her friends on their special day is a way of repaying the support she received from her family, friends and therapists at Heinz over the past six months.