Seven Re/Max Realtors receive award

All earned more than $100K in commissions in past year
Several Realtors, with RE/MAX Crossroads under Broker/Owner Yarrow Wilkins, have earned the RE/MAX 100% Club Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $100,000 in commissions in the past year
In 2015, 22 percent of active RE/MAX agents earned this prestigious award. “It’s a tremendous honor to have more than half of our company receive this award,” said Yarrow A. Wilkins, Broker/Owner. “As a real estate agent with RE/MAX, I’m fully committed to helping my clients and consumers find the home that is right for them. It’s truly an honor to be surrounded by such an incredibly supportive team,” said Joanne Bachmann. Bachmann has been working in the real estate industry for more than 17 years and has extensive experience in investment properties, foreclosures and first time buyers. Bachmann was the top listing agent in the company for 2015 as well.
The other RE/MAX Crossroads’ Realtors presented with the RE/MAX 100% Club Award are Marta Cholewa Laura Pfaeffle Tracey Scofield Jane Sumner Janusz Golab Laura “Lori” Pettinato. In addition, RE/MAX Crossroads actively supports Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Children’s Miracle Network.

PMC opens new entrance to emergency center
Pocono Medical Center on March 22 has opened a new entrance to its Mattioli Emergency Center.
With an overall expected completion date for summer 2016, the $3.8 million in renovations will deliver the addition of 13 new minor treatment areas to enhance and grow our minor care treatment by 30%. These developments will improve the experience of all our Mattioli Emergency Center patients and assist us in achieving our mission of providing excellent care close to home.
The reveal of the new entrance will include a dedicated pediatric space and a dedicated resource area added to the Clementine Abeloff Community Health Center exclusively for all local EMS partners.

St. Luke’s surgeon performs breakthrough surgery
Steven Falowski, MD, Chief of Functional Neurosurgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem recently was the first surgeon in the world to implant Medtronic’s brand new, full-body, MRI-compatible paddle electrode leads for the Restore neurostimulator system.
The morning surgery was performed at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital.
Patient Joseph Getz, age 62 of Nazareth, received the Specify SureScan MRI surgical leads during an operation to implant Medtronic’s Restore spinal cord stimulation system for the treatment of chronic pain. Approved earlier this month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Specify SureScan MRI surgical leads will now allow physicians to offer full-body magnetic resonance imaging for any patient with a Medtronic neurostimulator.
“All patients with a spinal cord stimulation system should have the ability to be offered the same imaging options as those without one,” said Falowski. World-renowned in the field of functional neurosurgery, as well as a board member of the North American Neuromodulation Society, Falowski was chosen by Medtronic to be the first to implant the new device given his research and passion in the field of neuromodulation, as well as his prominence as a key opinion leader for spinal cord stimulation. According to Falowski, “Patients and other health care providers are concerned about access to MRI when considering an implantable device. The approval of this technology allows me to have an option in which I can offer patients a neurostimulation system that manages their pain and provides access to the diagnostic benefits of MRI.”
Prior to today’s surgery to receive a Medtronic neurostimulation system, Getz, who suffers from scoliosis, arthritis and spinal stenosis, sought relief for his chronic back and leg pain through a variety of approaches including physical therapy, pain medicine and spinal injections at St. Luke’s Spine Institute and St. Luke’s Pain Center. A successful, short-term external “trial” spinal cord stimulator confirmed that Getz would be an appropriate patient to receive a permanent spinal cord stimulator, a medical device implanted on the spine that blocks pain and improves function for patients by sending mild electrical pulses to the painful area in order to disrupt pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain.

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