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Seen at the ceremony celebrating the hoisting of the last steel beam into the framework of the new patient tower at Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) in the front row are WMH/Wayne Memorial Health Systems (WMHS) personnel Jim Labar, chair long-term care, left; John Conte, director facility services/real estate; Dirk Mumford, chair; Hugh Rechner, first vice chair; Lee Oakes, former chair; Joann Hudak, second vice chair; CEO David Hoff; William Dewar III, MD, chief of staff; Matt Meagher, Esq.; Jim Pettinato, RN, director patient care services; Mike Clifford, CFO. In the back row are James Margotta, Burkavage Design; Ron White, Martin Rogers Associates; Josh Schneider, Burkavage Design; Todd Plociniak, Sordoni Construction; Chris Bertinelli, Sordoni; Joe Sesso, Sordoni; and Martha Wilson, chair of the Community Advisory Board.

Hospital construction milestone hit

HONESDALE, PA — Hard hats on and industrial pens in hand, members of the Wayne Memorial Hospital/Health System Board of Trustees signed the ceremonial “last” steel beam to be hoisted into the framework of the new patient tower.

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Summer tune-up

Our summer has started, and we are experiencing higher outside temperatures and an increased chance of insect bites, sunburns and possible dehydration, heat exhaustion or stroke (hyperthermia). This article will highlight health strategies to prevent these types of summer health problems.


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Insect Bites

Most of the insects that we encounter are arthropods or Hymenoptera (bees, hornets, yellow jackets and wasps). Insects in our area that can transmit illnesses include ticks, deer flies, mosquitoes, chiggers and mites and spiders. Some persons are allergic to bee or wasps that can lead to severe anaphylactic reactions.

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Dr. Lauren S. Roman, Catskill Regional Medical Group, Primary Care Medical Director

Identifying, understanding and avoiding food allergies

Food allergies are reactions that our bodies have to certain foods. It is important to note that there are other types of reactions our bodies may have to certain foods other than allergies. However, true food allergies develop when the body’s immune system has an abnormal reaction to one or more proteins contained in a food.

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Dr. Patrick Pugliese, medical director of Wayne Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, stands next to telemedicine equipment connecting to a neurologist at Geisinger Medical Center.

More patients may be eligible for stroke treatment

HONESDALE, PA — In May, National Stroke Awareness Month, Wayne Memorial Hospital announced that some stroke patients who were previously ineligible for certain treatments may now qualify for those treatments.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s tricky tray

WHITE LAKE, NY — There will be a tricky tray to support the Sullivan & Orange Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, July 8, at White Lake Fire House, 1596 Route 17B. Doors open at 1 p.m., calling is at 3 p.m. Admission is a $2 donation. There will be raffle prizes, including a 32-inch flat-screen TV. Refreshments will be available.

Elks community blood drive

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Elks Lodge #1545, 21 John St., will hold a community blood drive on Tuesday, June 12 from 1 to 7 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a Stewarts free ice-cream cone voucher (while supplies last) and be entered in a sweepstakes for a pair of tickets to a Friday Night Elks Dinner (drinks not included).

WMH weight-loss surgery seminar

HONESDALE, PA — A free Weight Loss Surgery 101 seminar will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Park Street Complex, 648 Park St. The event is hosted by Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers and Wayne Memorial Hospital. Bariatric surgeon Lisa Medvetz, MD, will be the presenter.



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