What's going on in health, wellness and community May 6 to 12
PIKE COUNTY, PA — The number of older adults in prison—many of whom require specialized care for age-related illnesses—is growing and placing unsustainable pressure on the justice system.
It is estimated that by 2030, people over the age 50 will comprise one-third of the U.S. prison population, according to research conducted by the Osborne Association, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for people affected by the criminal justice system to further develop their strengths and lead lives of responsibility and contribution.
The Pike County Reentry Coalition has been working in partnership with staff at the Pike County Correctional Facility (PCCF) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to proactively address this trend. Area Agency on Aging staff conduct functional needs assessments of older inmates at PCCF to help determine if support services are needed as an inmate is processed through the judicial system. The Veterans Administration and Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Development Services provide reentry services at the appropriate time.
Recently, PCCF staff completed a Dementia Friends Informational Session conducted by Pike’s AAA Executive Director Robin Skibber, who is a Dementia Friend Champion, a designation provided by Dementia Friends USA. New PCCF staff members will complete informational sessions on an ongoing basis.
Those interested in Dementia Friends Informational Sessions can contact Skibber at email@example.com or 570/775-5550.
HONESDALE, PA — Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Glenn Woodley, DPM, AACFAS, DABPM, FACPM, is returning to his roots to practice. Woodley, whose family hails from Dalton in Lackawanna County, has advanced training in orthopedics and limb salvage and reconstruction. He will begin seeing patients the beginning of May at his new office in Honesdale at 3355 Lake Ariel Hwy., formerly occupied by Dr. David Caucci.
While Woodley’s practice is independent of both Wayne Memorial Hospital and Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, both welcome him to the area and look forward to working with him as a referral source for podiatric care, surgery, and wound care. He joins podiatrists Edward Murray, DPM, Jerome Casey, DPM, Philip Horne, DPM and Patrick Clauss, DPM on the Wayne Memorial Hospital Podiatry Medical Staff.
To make an appointment with Dr. Woodley, call 570/228-2990.
MIDDLETOWN, NY — Garnet Health, formerly the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, has announced the launch of its new system website and mobile app.
“The new website, www.garnethealth.org, brings together our hospitals’ services and programs in one place, providing a unified approach with access to all services and our health care providers,” said David Smith, Garnet Health Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning.
The new site’s purpose is to be a useful resource and tool to patients, employees and community members. It features a robust database of providers at Garnet Health Doctors with online scheduling, as well as a service/location finder, community health class and event finder with online registration and more.
Additionally, the official Garnet Health mobile application has been released to both the iOS and Android stores.
For more information, visit www.garnethealth.org.
ROSCOE, NY — It is with great pleasure that United Health Services Delaware Valley Hospital (UHS) announces the re-opening of its primary care office in Roscoe.
The new provider is family nurse practitioner, Ormarir “O’Marie” Montero. O’Marie began her career as a registered nurse working on both medical/surgical and intensive care units. She obtained her family nurse practitioner degree in 2017 from the Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Illinois. Coming to our area brought her closer to family members in Delaware County.
In interviewing for the position, she said it was very important to her that patients feel comfortable when coming for help and she would like to grow the Roscoe practice so she would be caring for entire families.
Both former and new patients are welcome and the office offers same day and virtual appointments. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays. To schedule an appointment, call 607/498-4800.
PENNSYLVANIA — In a collaborative effort to address alarming workforce shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA), The Training and Education Fund (SEIU HealthCarePA) and District 1199C’s Training and Upgrading Fund have partnered to provide career pathways through occupational training and certification to 1,000 Pennsylvanians from now until September 2022.
The partnership recently received a $2 million grant as part of Pennsylvania’s Direct Care Worker Training Grant allocations, which invested $4.8 million to improve patient care across the state. Addressing workforce concerns continues to be a top priority for the long-term care community. Prior to the severe workforce depletion caused by the pandemic, Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry identified a projected shortage of more than 22,000 direct care workers a year from now through 2026.
The partnership will work to provide 500 incumbent nurse aides professional development opportunities in specialized skills, such as mental health first aid, crisis de-escalation, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and restorative care. In addition, 500 jobseekers will receive training and placement.
For more information, visit www.phca.org.
MONTICELLO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced that this year’s state budget includes $50,000 for the SUNY Orange Nursing Program. The grant will be used to enhance the college’s simulation lab.
SUNY Orange, the first county-sponsored community college in the State University of New York system, has served nearly a half million students since it opened its doors in 1950. Gunther lauded the nursing program and emphasized its importance due to the pandemic. “Our nurses play such a vital role in our healthcare system, and we have to do everything we can to support the future of the profession,” she said.
NEW YORK — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and its sister company, Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), recently donated a total of $54,000 to health and welfare organizations across New York state, including two organizations in the Catskill region. The donations are part of the companies’ Corporate Donation Program to support and care for the communities that it serves.
In total, NYSEG and RG&E provided gifts and sponsorships to more than 20 health and welfare organizations across its service area. Locally, NYSEG donated a total of $3,000 to nonprofits in NYSEG’s Liberty division, which includes Orange, Sullivan, Delaware and Ulster counties. The company provided donations to Action Towards Independence and Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless. Additionally, NYSEG donated $5,000 to the Salvation Army, which serves the Catskill region.
For more information, visit www.nyseg.com.
PENNSYLVANIA –– As eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expands to all adults in Pennsylvania, and with the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted by PA’s Department of Health, long-term care providers throughout the commonwealth continue to struggle to vaccinate new residents and staff, following the conclusion of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership program. The Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) conducted a survey of 83 of its members and identified five percent of residents and staff in nursing homes, assisted living communities and personal care homes are still waiting for the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thirty-five percent of the respondents are still trying to develop plans to secure vaccines, especially as new residents and newly hired workers need to be vaccinated.
“This sampling of Pennsylvania’s long-term care providers demonstrates a clear need for a state plan so that we can continue to vaccinate our most vulnerable residents and their providers of care,” said Zach Shamberg, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. “Without a plan, we risk the return of another spring surge, and ultimately the lives of thousands of long-term care residents. We have been adamant since mid-December: we must ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is easily accessible for those at the epicenter of the pandemic.”
The Federal Pharmacy Partnership program concluded on April 9. While cases and deaths have significantly decreased, 39 percent of all reported COVID-19 nursing home deaths occurred during the vaccine rollout.
Federally reported COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania’s nursing homes have dropped 97 percent for residents and 94 percent for staff since peak cases in December. This data further demonstrates the need for continued vaccinations, PHCA reports.