Allied Services recognizes employee excellence with Annual Charles Luger Memorial Employee Award
Allied Services Integrated Health System recognized five 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.
Helen Locker, LPN, Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center of Scranton, Pa: Locker began her 29 year career at Allied Services in 1988, as a Certified Nurse Aide. She continued to work full-time at Allied Services while attending Lackawanna County Area Vocational Technical School of Nursing to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Today, Locker serves residents at Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, specifically patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Beyond her expertise, professionalism and experience in nursing, Locker is known by her residents, patients and coworkers for her empathy, compassion and kindness; whether it is baking for residents and their families in her spare time, helping a grieving family, or teaching a new employee. On receiving the award, Locker commented on the joy she gets from helping residents live with the love and respect they deserve. She also spoke with fondness of her co-workers and the opportunity her career has given her to meet some remarkable people. Locker’s daughter, Desiree Locker, is a teacher at Allied Services dePaul School in Scranton.
Judy Korgeski, Director of Patient Accounting, Allied Services Integrated Health System of Dickson City, Pa: a 30 year employee of Allied Services, Korgeski is the Director of Patient Accounting. She graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. During her time at Allied Services, Korgeski has worked in the medical equipment center and as a staff accountant. In her role as Director of Patient Accounting, Korgeski regularly guides patients and their families through medical billing issues, always advocating for the patient and their needs. Korgeski is known for her giving nature. She founded a holiday giving tree program supported by Allied Services employees that benefits individuals with disabilities in Allied Services residential developmental facilities. The program supplies more than 100 residents with personalized holiday gifts. On receiving the award, Korgeski expressed gratitude for a career that has given her to be part of an organization that has such a significant impact on people’s lives in the local area. She reflected on the opportunities she has had to speak with patients and their families and the countless inspirational stories she has heard from the individuals served by Allied Services.
Julie Robinson, OTR/L, Heinz Rehab Hospital of Hunlock Creek, Pa: Robinson started her career at Allied Services 26 years ago. She currently works as an Occupational Therapist in the Transitional Rehab Unit at Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, and has previously served as stroke supervisor. Robinson is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) and as an Assisted Technology Professional (ATP). For more than a decade, Robinson worked full-time to provide an adaptive seating program. She worked one-on-one with patients of all ages and diagnoses to customize wheelchairs and seating. This program and Robinson’s work touched countless lives, helping to ease the transition from hospital to home following an injury, illness or life-changing injury. She continues to offer adaptive seating services alongside her full-time work as an occupational therapist on the Transitional Rehab Unit. Robinson is known for her selflessness and dedication to her work and to her team. Reflecting on the award, Robinson drew attention to her coworkers, the strength of her team and their dedication to serving their patients. She remarked on their personal commitment and their willingness to do whatever it takes to help patients regain their lives. In her spare time, Robinson donates her time and expertise to help individuals at St. Joseph’s Center and the ALS Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Kathleen Stella, RN, CRRN, Assistant Vice President, Admissions and Case Management, Allied Services of Scranton: Stella started her career at Allied Services as a charge nurse and weekend supervisor at Allied Services Scranton Rehab Hospital. She left to raise her 6 children with her husband Joseph, and returned to work in Allied Services Admit from Home program in 2007. Since 2009, Stella has worked in the admissions office. As Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Case Management at Allied Services in Scranton, Stella assists patients and families with accessing the appropriate level of rehabilitative care. Stella attended Community Medical Center School of Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse. “Kathy possesses qualities that make her not only a wonderful mother but also a wonderful nurse and teacher; selflessness, sacrifice, empathy, protector.” noted Dr. Michael Wolk, Medical Director. Stella is known for her professionalism and commitment to her patients, whether it is helping them find the care they need, advocating for them or visiting patients at home.
Paul Harrington, SLP, Pediatrics, Luger Rehab Center of Scranton, Pa: Harrington has been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 35 years. He earned a Bachelors in Communication Disorders from Marywood University and a Masters in Communication Disorders from Penn State University. During his 22 year career at Allied Services, he has touched the lives of countless patients and helped them to overcome their struggles to regain health and normal function in their daily lives. Harrington works at Allied Services Luger Rehab Center in Scranton, providing speech language services to children and adults. Whether evaluating patients at Regional Hospital, caring for residents at St. Joseph’s Cetner, or teaching future speech language pathologists at Marywood University, Harrington has dedicated his life to providing quality, compassionate care to the residents of Scranton and the local area. An avid runner, racquetball and pickleball player, Harrington lives in Scranton with his wife, Maribeth, and daughter, Megan. Colleagues and leaders at Allied Services commented on Harrington’s extraordinary commitment to his patients, his kindness towards his colleagues and his enduring passion for helping others regain or find their voice.
PHOTO ID: standing, left to right, Kathleen Stella; Julie Robinson; Helen Locker; Judy Korgeski. Missing from photo, Paul Harrington.