People on the Move

People on the Move

REPOSTED by The Times Tribune


UHRANOWSKY Wright Center

GRAHAM Wright Center

Allied Services Integrated Health System announces two promotions.

Laura Piazza Smith, RN, BSN, NHA, will transition from her current position as vice president and administrator of Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and she will assume a new role as the nonprofit organization’s first chief nursing innovation officer in September. Under her leadership, the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center introduced the region’s only post-acute, 24-hour respiratory unit. The facility also earned a 5-star ranking for patient care from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. In her new capacity, Smith will draw on 25 years of diverse nursing experience. She will work closely with other members of the management team to advance the highest standards of care, and will direct the development and implementation of new best practices and training, and innovative nursing initiatives across all levels of nursing throughout the Integrated Health System.

James Cooney, NHA, was named vice president of Skilled Nursing Facilities. Cooney joined Allied Services in 2014 when he led the opening of the new 55-bed Transitional Rehab Unit located in the Allied Services Rehab Hospital, Scranton. Cooney, a graduate of the University of Scranton, is a Pennsylvania licensed nursing home administrator with over 18 years of professional experience in health care. He joined Allied Services after serving as administrator of several other skilled nursing facilities. Throughout his career, Cooney has worked to uphold the highest safety and quality standards, earning the Transitional Rehab Unit a 5-star ranking from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.


The firm’s chief executive officer and founder, Christopher L. Borton, P.E., was one of two local leaders inducted into the Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Business Hall of Fame.

Borton, along with John C. Metz Sr. of Metz Culinary Management, was honored at the annual dinner and awards ceremony. Funds raised through the ceremony help the organization continue to provide programs to students teaching work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Borton established Borton Engineering Associates Inc. in 1988 to provide general civil engineering services in Wilkes-Barre. Under his leadership, Borton-Lawson has grown into a nationally recognized engineering/architecture firm.



John Baldino, instructor in philosophy and religious studies, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Telespond Senior Services and the Wright Center Patient Engagement Council.

Telespond Senior Services Inc. provides life-enriching services to older adults and their families on community-wide and individual bases. The organization was founded in 1974 as a private, nonprofit organization assisting Lackawanna County’s older adults and their family caregivers.

Baldino will be working with Telespond to increase brand awareness and reach more families with seniors in need of the organization’s services.


Mary Webb, Clarks Summit, has been notified by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics that she has met all qualifications as a board-certified specialist in obesity and weight management. This achievement has been designated for only 15 professionals throughout the state. Board certification is granted in recognition of documented practice experience and successful completion of an intensive interdisciplinary examination in the specialty area. A certified specialist in obesity and weight management is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and expertise in obesity and weight management.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

Trudy A. Coleman, Ph.D., CTR, of Avoca, retired June 30 as the cancer program manager. Coleman has extensive experience in cancer data collection and retrieval, cancer registry management, registrar training and education, research design, project management, and data analysis.

Nicole Cruciani, MBA, of Forty Fort, has been hired as cancer program manager. She is responsible for managing the cancer programs at partnering facilities and hospitals, and ensuring they fulfill the necessary requirements to become an accredited cancer program through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. She formerly served as assistant office manager in a local rheumatology practice.

The Wright Center

Thomas Graham has joined as content manager. He will work with the communications department in planning and developing strategic internal and external communication, media outreach, community relations and social media management. With more than 20 years’ experience in journalism, Graham formerly worked at Times-Shamrock Communications, where he most recently served as the organization’s Community Newspaper Group managing editor.

Kathleen Uhranowsky, R.N., has joined as the director of clinical research. She will be responsible for coordinating all phases of clinical studies and will lead a research team to manage and execute clinical trials. Uhranowsky joins the center with more than 10 years’ experience in coordinating clinical research studies. Her background includes both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical studies in inpatient, outpatient and academic settings. She is certified in clinical research and is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Professionals.

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