Pocono Health System division gets 4-star rating

Visiting nurse and hospice care score tops region
The Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care recently received a 4-star rating, the highest in the region, from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services placing Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care above both state and national averages in CMS’ first-ever patient experience of care star ratings.
“This recent recognition from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is a true indication of not only the level of quality care integrated throughout Pocono Health System, but how strongly we value our mission and vision throughout the continuum of care,” said Dr. William Cors, vice president and chief medical officer of Pocono Medical Center. The Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey evaluates patient experience with home health agencies.
In an effort to help families and patients make more informed decisions, the ratings provide a snapshot of the patient experience and care for the home health agency. Dr. Vincent Francescangeli, chief of staff of the Pocono Medical Center Medical Staff and Medical Director of the Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, recognizes the significance of a family’s search for a dedicated home health partner for their loved ones.
“Home health and hospice care are essential parts of healthcare today,” Francescangeli said. “This recognition from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services affirms our commitment to providing high quality patient care and an exceptional patient experience. Preserving dignity and providing comfort are our most important goals when transitioning from nursing care to hospice care.”
As part of one’s search for home health and hospice services, Pocono Health System also understands the importance of individualized care as part of the patient experience, which is why its trained staff exercises quality care across the entire spectrum of care. “Receiving this 4-star rating from CMS is a proud moment for the staff at Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care because it not only recognizes our initiative towards quality care, but highlights the immeasurable hard work the staff devotes to delivering quality care to its patients above the state and national averages,” said Mark Hodgson, CEO of Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.

S-burg financial adviser named to global recognition program
Tarik H. El-Bassiouni of Hamilton Township, financial advisor with The Hamilton Group in its Wealth Management office in Stroudsburg, has been named to the Firm’s Pacesetter’s Club, a global recognition program for Financial Advisors who, within their first five years at the firm, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first class client service.
El-Bassiouni, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2013, is a native of Stroudsburg. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Miami in Business Law and Finance.
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 43 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, visit morganstanley.com.

Roach receives Wayne Bank Presidential Award
Justin Roach has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence, which is presented to Wayne Bank employees who show exceptional levels of dedication and service in their positions with the bank.
Roach joined Wayne Bank in October 2014 and works as the Social Media Technology specialist, including performing the bank’s graphic design work at the main office in Honesdale. Roach received the award for hard work and applying his talents towards improving the quality of the bank’s website and social media engagement.
“Justin’s outstanding efforts on the bank’s advertising, promotional, and reference materials have been widely recognized by our employees, customers, and the public,” said Wayne Bank President and CEO Lewis Critelli, who pointed out that the award winner must first be nominated by a fellow employee. Eli Tomlinson, vice president of Information Technology, nominated Roach, stating, “Justin has worked tirelessly to improve Wayne Bank’s image while fostering an environment of community involvement and employee participation. Initiatives such as Bank Local – Shop Local – Win Local and the Technology Demo Centers would simply not look as good without Justin’s talents.”
Roach is a graduate of Honesdale High School and has a degree in communications from the University of Scranton. He previously managed social media for the University of Pittsburgh and has long list of notable graphic design achievements, including album covers for several popular musicians.
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale with 15 Community Offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna Counties. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol – NWFL.

Bryson returns for chamber’s Economic Outlook Dinner
Dr. Jay Bryson, global economist for Wells Fargo Securities, will discuss the current economic situation and provide insights that he’ll narrow down to this locality as keynote speaker again for this year’s Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Dinner 5:30 p.m., March 22, at Terraview in Stroudsburg. RSVP for tickets, which cost $35 for chamber members and $60 for nonmembers, by May 13 by calling 570-421-4433.

St. Luke’s doctor to speak about skin cancer at women’s luncheon
Dr. Alan Ira Westheim of St. Luke’s Hospital will discuss skin cancer at the he Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business monthly noontime luncheon on March 8 at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The luncheon costs $20 for chamber members, $35 for nonmembers.  Reservations are required and can be charged over the phone by calling the chamber at 570-421-4433.

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