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What's going on with community health, September 2 to 8

Posted 8/31/21

Third dose of Moderna, Pfizer available for immune-compromised at Wayne Memorial

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) is offering a third dose of the COVID-19 …

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What's going on with community health, September 2 to 8


Third dose of Moderna, Pfizer available for immune-compromised at Wayne Memorial

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) is offering a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to immune-compromised individuals.

 Immune-compromised conditions include active cancer treatment, organ transplants, and untreated HIV. For a more in-depth list, visit bit.ly/38pefrJ.

At this time, the third dose is only available for immune-compromised people.

Only the Moderna vaccine is available at eight of the centers. Highland Family Physicians (HFP) is offering both Moderna and Pfizer third doses on Fridays.

It is recommended that individuals get the same type of vaccine for their third dose as their first two doses.

The third doses will be administered by appointment at all nine primary care centers during specific hours. Appointments can be made by calling the office of your choice or calling the WMCHC COVID hotline, 570/253-8197.  

First and second doses of Moderna are available at eight centers, HFP has Pfizer, and Honesdale Pediatrics has Pfizer. Call the center of your choice for the schedule.

To date, WMCHC has administered more than 32,000 COVID vaccines.

For more information on vaccines in general, vaccine safety, efficacy and scheduling, visit www.wmchc.net  and click on the link on the top of the page.  

Support group for people with mental health conditions

SCRANTON, PA — Do you have a psychiatric problem? Want to talk to your peers, in a safe space, and learn from others who have been where you are?

NAMI Northeast Region will launch a Connection Recovery support group to help. It will be held at the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesday of each month.

The first meeting is Tuesday, September 7.

The group is open to any adult with a mental health condition.

A second group will meet on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning September 15. That meeting starts at 6 p.m. and they will meet at the Pike County Training Center in Lords Valley.  

For more information, email info@naminepa.org.

Senior picnic in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Senior citizens, age 60 and up, can start their Labor Day weekend off with a picnic at the Honesdale fairgrounds.

It’ll be held on Friday, September 3, and opens at 10 a.m. There will be live music, and the Red School House will provide a picnic. Bingo starts after lunch.

Tickets cost $8 each and must be purchased in advance.

Numbers are limited to 100 this year, so registration is required. Call Kathy Robbins at the Honesdale Senior Center, 570/253-5540, for tickets.

If you have already attended the Hamlin/Hawley picnic, please do not purchase a ticket for Honesdale as our numbers this year are limited.

For more information, contact the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at 570/253-4262. 

Visit a senior center

HONESDALE, PA — If you think you might want to join one of the Honesdale-area senior centers, now’s your chance to spend a day there and try them out.

The Honesdale, Hawley and Hamlin senior centers are having “free days” in September.

Those days are:

Hawley Senior Center on Wednesday, September 22

Hamlin Senior Center on Friday, September 24

Honesdale Senior Center on Wednesday, September 29,

Call to make a reservation. Reach the Hawley Senior Center at 570/226-4209, Hamlin at 570/689-3766 and Honesdale at 570/253-5540.

NAMI offers support for families of the mentally ill

MONTICELLO, NY — If you have a family member with a psychiatric diagnosis, you know how challenging their care can sometimes be.

NAMI Sullivan County holds support group meetings for family members, on Zoom and in person.

For more information or to join a group, contact NAMI at 845/794-1029.

Local Kiwanis clubs visit Achieve Rehab

LIBERTY, NY — The Kiwanis of Monticello and Woodridge visited residents at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty.

The group presented small gifts and greeting cards to Achieve’s administrator,  Akiva Shapiro; Director of Nursing Tisha Runyan and Director of Therapeutic Recreations Mary Daniels-Gandy. The gifts included an assortment of solar dancer figures, sun hats, sunglasses, plants, coloring and puzzle books, body lotion, playing cards, diaries and small fans.

In addition to the Kiwanis members, the Monticello High School Key Club and Fallsburg Elementary School’s K-Kids helped, as did the Aktion Club of Sullivan County, which is composed of individuals from ARC Greater Hudson Valley.

New Hope Community and the Center for Discovery contributed handmade greeting cards to be distributed with the gifts.

The main mission of the project was to give back to the community, organizers said, and to let the recipients know that people were thinking of them.

For more information about Kiwanis Clubs, contact Monticello Kiwanis president Marvin Rappaport at 845/701-1655 or Woodridge Kiwanis membership chair Sue Kasofsky at 845/434-8052.

Study: Early U.S. COVID-19 vaccine campaign prevented nearly 140,000 deaths

NATIONWIDE — The early vaccination campaign in the United States prevented nearly 140,000 deaths and three million cases of COVID-19 by the second week of May, according to a new study, published in the journal Health Affairs. New York saw the largest reduction in deaths, adjusting for population. It had 11.7 fewer deaths from COVID-19 per 10,000 adult residents.

The results were announced in a press release from the RAND Corporation.

As a result of early vaccination efforts, the average state experienced five fewer deaths from COVID-19 per 10,000 adult residents. The study estimates the number of lives saved during the first five months of the vaccination campaign in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Hawaii observed the smallest reduction, with 1.1 fewer COVID-19 deaths per 10,000 adult residents.

The study, published online by the journal Health Affairs, is one of the first to provide an assessment of the impacts of state-level vaccination campaigns to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused enormous suffering, causing more than 4 million deaths worldwide and more than 600,000 in the United States. While access to and use of vaccines has varied substantially across states and sub-populations during the early stages of the vaccine campaign in the United States, COVID-19 case numbers and deaths have fallen sharply since vaccination programs began.

The study estimates the economic value of the lives saved during the study period to be between $625 billion and $1.4 trillion. Through the end of 2020, the U.S. federal government had allocated $13 billion dollars for vaccine development and manufacturing.

“Our results suggest that further efforts to vaccinate populations globally and in a coordinated fashion will be critical to achieving greater control of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sumedha Gupta, first author of the study and an economist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

For more information, go to https://bit.ly/38eeGVM.

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:

Hazel Elizabeth Fasshauer was born August 14, 2021 to Kelsey and Bradley Fasshauer of Honesdale, PA. Maternal grandparent is Karen Bachman of Lebanon, PA. Paternal grandparents are Tom and Gail Fasshauer of Beach Lake, PA.

Winston Allen Grove was born July 22, 2021 to Christina Gatley and Austin Grove of Hawley, PA. Maternal grandparents are Robert and Venus Gabell of Hawley, PA. Paternal grandparents are Deb Bussan and Todd Grove of Iowa.

Scarlett Herbert was born July 29, 2021 to Hailey Sims and Jonathan Herbert of Hawley, PA. Maternal grandparents are Amy and Rick Sims of Hawley, PA. Paternal grandparents are Leslie Vanasse and John Herbert of Hawley, PA.

Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills announces the following births:

Carolyn Rose Conklin was born July 24, 2021 to Selena Wilson and Luke Conklin of Jeffersonville, NY.

Cooper James Marks was born August 2, 2021 to Shauna Cassidy and Chris Marks of Honesdale, PA.

Training offered in trauma care

ONLINE ― Carbon, Monroe, Pike System of Care is hosting free virtual training programs, Trauma 101 and Trauma 102, for professionals, caregivers and community members.

The first program helps participants understand the complex nature of trauma and its aftermath. The second teaches attendees to prevent, avoid and respond to trauma in emotionally and relationally healthy ways.

The sessions are free and occur monthly. Wednesday, September 22 is the next date, and both trainings will be offered that day. Trauma 101 starts at 9 a.m. and Trauma 102 starts at 1 p.m.

Each session is open to 50 participants. Register here: https://bit.ly/3ykmzUl.

Contact Larissa.Kimmel@cmpsystemsofcare.org for more information or if barriers exist related to virtual training.

Wayne Memorial Hospital welcomes new cardiologist

HONESDALE, PA — Joseph Laureti, DO, recently joined Honesdale Cardiology and the medical staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital. As a board-certified cardiologist, he oversees and performs diagnostic testing. Office visits and follow-up are conducted at the Wayne Memorial Physician Specialty Clinic located on the hospital’s fourth floor.

With nearly 16 years of experience in cardiology, Dr. Laureti has practiced in several healthcare systems in the region. He is certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine by the American Osteopathic Board and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Appointments with Dr. Laureti can be made by calling the Wayne Memorial Physician Specialty Clinic at 570/253-8185. For more information on all of Wayne Memorial’s services including the Heart & Vascular Center, visit wmh.org.

Plan for the future in a free online course

ONLINE — Learn about wills, health proxies, trusts and Medicaid planning in a free online community learning course from SUNY Sullivan and Sullivan 180.

The Legal Document Training Series is presented by attorney and registered nurse Roberta Chambers. Held on Zoom, it takes place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month from September 15, 2021 to January 19, 2022.

To register, go to https://bit.ly/3B9APB0.

Garnet Health celebrates ten years in the community.
Garnet Health celebrates ten years in the community.

Garnet Health celebrates anniversary

MIDDLETOWN, NY — In early August, Garnet Health Medical Center marked 10 years in Middletown.

The building was the first new hospital built in New York in almost 25 years. The seven-story, 383-bed medical center was the result of the merger of two hospitals, one in Middletown and one in Goshen.

A five-story outpatient building was added after the new hospital opened. It offers primary and specialty care, urgent care, and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services.

Currently, the hospital is building a parking garage and has plans to expand the emergency department.

“Nothing is more important to us than serving the needs of our patients,” said Garnet Health President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Batulis. “Amongst many other benefits, our Middletown Campus has improved access to additional care and outpatient services for our patients by conveniently offering them at a centralized location.”

To learn more about Garnet Health Medical Center, visit www.garnethealth.org.

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