Pocono Mountain Regional EMS December 2021 End of Year Newsletter

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A Look Back with Appreciation A

s 2021 comes to a close, Pocono Mountain Regional EMS would like to thank those who continue to maintain our fiscally responsible and professional operations. From Sponsors and Subscribers; to Directors and our EMS team, all dedicate their time, talent and resources to making PMR what we are.

Our 2021 Board of Directors Chair Logan Evans/Paradise Township Vice-Chair Peter Gonze/Paradise Township Treasurer Heidi Pickard/Tobyhanna Township Secretary Joyce Onsted/Coolbaugh Township Patti O’Keefe/Barrett Township Ralph Megliola/Barrett Township Claire Colgan/Coolbaugh Township Tracy Fox/Coolbaugh Township Patty Bucco/Mt Pocono Borough Rachel Schickling/Tobyhanna Township Jim Apgar/Tobyhanna Township Steve Malaico/Tunkhannock Township

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2 Regional Resource Recap

Wrapping Up Our Monthly Views

3 St Luke’s Celebration

A Thank You for Five Years

4 LVHN News

Patient Story Highlight

5 Save the Date

2022 Community Events

6 2022 Board of Directors Meetings Open to the Publc

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THANK YOU, residents of Monroe County, for welcoming and supporting us as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of St. Luke’s Monroe Campus! In our first five years, St. Luke’s Monroe Campus has continued to deliver high-quality, low-cost health care for the residents of Monroe County and... • has created over 800 economy-enhancing jobs for Monroe County residents • has continued to invest generously in the community with both financial support and resources given to many nonprofit and educational partners • has expanded much needed advanced cancer, cardiac and specialty care services • has increased the number of primary care physicians providing high-quality compassionate care in the Monroe County Region • has earned Medicare’s four-star rating for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction • is an accredited Trauma Center (St. Luke’s University Health Network is the largest Trauma Network in Pennsylvania) • has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care

To date, St. Luke’s Monroe Campus has cared for more than 100,000 Monroe County residents… right here, close to home.

• has been awarded an “A” rating for The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog organization on hospital safety

of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and merican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for ogy. He is currently accepting patients at the Neurology practice in East Stroudsburg, for the ng areas: Stroke, seizure disorders, multiple sis, neuromuscular disorders, infections of the s system, neurodegenerative disorders, spinal sorders, headaches and neuropathies.

Complicated Cancer Surgery With Minimal Blood Loss

LVHN’s bloodless surgery program honors Sarah Guman’s beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness and helps her beat ovarian and appendiceal cancer When Sarah Guman of Olyphant, Pa., was diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor in late April 2021, she learned she would need a complete hysterectomy. Doctors wouldn’t know until they operated if it was malignant, but after months of constipation and urinary leakage, Guman, then 69, was grateful to finally have a plan of action. She had one condition, though: As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she would not accept a blood transfusion and required bloodless surgery. “My doctor didn’t offer it,” Guman says, “but she referred me to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Patient Blood Management Program. I immediately called them and was told they could accommodate me. It took such a weight off my mind.”

“To find a local medical team that’s both skilled and who respects my beliefs is priceless,” Guman says.

Mobilizing the team Shortly afterward, Guman received a call from Kelly Frinzi, patient liaison for the blood management program, who quickly contacted gynecologic oncologist Christine Kim, MD, with Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, to schedule an appointment. Kim rearranged her schedule to see Guman the same day at LVPG Gynecologic Oncology–Pocono in East Stroudsburg, close to Guman’s home.

“The ovarian mass was the size of a watermelon and was pressing on her colon and bladder,” Kim says. “We needed to perform surgery quickly to obtain a diagnosis and ensure it didn’t spread if it was malignant. Bloodless surgery was definitely doable.” Kim was able to operate on Guman May 11 at nearby Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono.



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PMREMS Community Events

Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors meetings review monthly matters from budget to fleet. Open to the public, save the follow dates and tune for more about your local EMS.

2022 Board of Directors Meetings January 20, 2022 February 17, 2022 March 17, 2022 April 21, 2022 May 19, 2022 June 23, 2022 July 21, 2022 August 18, 2022 September 22, 2022 October 20, 2022 November17, 2022 December 15, 2022 All meetings are being held 7p.m. via Zoom

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