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WILKES-BARRE – The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross conducts community blood drives throughout the month.

Donors who are 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in relatively good health may give blood every 56 days.

Donors who cannot attend a community drive may donate at the fixed donor site in Hanover Township.

Blood drives are conducted from noon to 6 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at the chapter house, 256 N. Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre, and at the regional blood center, 29 New Commerce Blvd., Hanover Industrial Park, Wednesdays, noon-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon.

Collections also are held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hazleton Chapter House, 165 Susquehanna Blvd., Hazleton. For more information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

A list of area blood donation sites follows:

Wednesday, 1-6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston.

Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., College Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre.

Friday, 1-6 p.m., Luzerne Vol. Fire Co., 66 Tenet St., Luzerne.

Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Genetti’s Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre.

TUNKHANNOCK – Brent Levin, a chiropractor, will speak at the Tunkhannock Lupus support group today. He will present the benefits of spinal adjustments and the healing arts at 7 p.m. at the Tunkhannock Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 945-5118.

WILKES-BARRE – A candlelight vigil tomorrow at the Luzerne County Courthouse will highlight the observance of National Mental Illness Awareness Week. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the courthouse rotunda and lighting of candles will take place at 7 p.m. on the courthouse steps.

“Status Orange” a classic rock band made up of patients and staff of Clarks Summit State Hospital will perform for the first time in Luzerne County during the program and lead patriotic singing at the lighting ceremony.

Call 408-1312 with any questions.

EDWARDSVILLE – Wyoming Valley Health Care System is enrolling for a prenatal fitness class series, to begin on Thursday, at the Thomas P. Saxton Medical Pavilion, 468 Northampton St. The classes are designed for pregnant women who want to increase energy and stamina and also tone and strengthen muscles used during delivery. Yoga and Pilates movements designed specifically for pregnancy are at the core of the class structure.

Classes cost $40 per series, with each series limited to 10 participants. Participants must provide their own stability balls which are available for sale at $27.95.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 552-3416, or visit "Classes and Events" at www.wvhcs.org.

PLAINS TWP. – Maternal and Family Health Services will hold its annual meeting and luncheon Friday at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, starting at 11:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Dr. Marie Savard, author and expert on women’s health. Call 1-800-367-6347 for more information, or visit www.mfhs.org.

LEHMAN – A 5k walk for awareness will take place Saturday at the Lake-Lehman High School sports complex. Registration will take place 7:30-8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. on the stadium track. Pre-registration fee of $10 includes a T-shirt; walk day registration is $5, T-shirt not included. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research and awareness.

Donations in lieu of walking may be sent to: American Cancer Society, c/o Michael Zaleskas, 30 Jesse Road, Shavertown PA 18708.

WILKES-BARRE – Wyoming Valley Health Care System will present a sibling class for children ages 3-10 who are awaiting the arrival of a new brother or sister. The class will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Saidman Hall, on the ground level of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Registration is $10 per family, and at least one parent must accompany their children at all times. This class is limited to eight children.

For more information or to pre-register, call 552-3416 or log onto www.wvhcs.org and click on the “Nesbitt Women’s and Children’s Center” link.

HANOVER TWP. – The Luzerne County Heart Walk will take place Oct. 14 at the Sallie Mae servicing center, 220 Lasley Ave. Pre-event activities will take place at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

Call Kathleen Bird at 822-6247 for registration or more information.

WYOMING — In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Geisinger Medical Group-Wyoming will sponsor a free community health fair on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The staff will provide free screenings, including bone density, blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index and the Glitterbug germ detector. Prizes from local merchants, including a massage from The Sapphire Salon, trial memberships for Aerobic Lifestyles and the Greater Pittston YMCA, one-hour therapeutic massage by Joe Conniff, CMT and a spin class pass for Sickler’s Bike & Sports Shop also will be given away.

The clinic is located at 499 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. The event is free and open to the public. To register, call (800) 275-6401 and say, “CareLink.”

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Speaking of Women’s Health will hold a community event at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to teach, encourage and inspire women to take control of their health.

Women will receive a free book, “It’s The Right Time: To Take a Pledge for Better Health.” The book contains health, well-being and personal safety information.

EDWARDSVILLE – Wyoming Valley Health Care System is enrolling for its early-pregnancy class scheduled for Oct. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thomas P. Saxton Medical Pavilion, 468 Northampton St. The classes are designed for women who are less than 20 weeks pregnant.

Pre-registration is required. The fee is $20 per person. For more information, call 552-3416, or visit Classes and Events at wvhcs.org.

WILKES-BARRE – Wyoming Valley Health Care System will present “Breastfeeding Basics” on Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Lois Knaub Hall, Level B2, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

This class is designed to promote breastfeeding as a vital component of the childbirth experience. An international board certified lactation consultant and certified breastfeeding counselors will be on hand to review the basics of breastfeeding and answer any questions. Support persons are encouraged to attend.

Registration costs $10 if the participant is not enrolled in WVHCS childbirth education classes.

For more information or to pre-register, call 552-3416 or log on to www.wvhcs.org and click on the “Nesbitt Women’s and Children’s Center” link.


Wyoming Valley Health Care System/University of Scranton School of Nurse Anesthesia recently honored its newest graduates during a graduation ceremony. An affiliation between the University of Scranton and Wyoming Valley Health Care System, the School of Nurse Anesthesia educates professional Advanced Practice Nurses.

Graduates of this 25-month program are immediately eligible for national certification as a CRNA through the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Graduates are: Colleen Daniels, Hudson; Debra Jankowski, Benton; Michael Imbleau, Michigan; Gina Chiplonia, Forty Fort; John Swircek, Swoyersville; Lori Goodling, Sunbury; Jeremy Arner, Millville; James Breslin, Moscow; Tia Callahan, Laflin; Gregory Makuch, Harrisburg; Ryan Volk, Endwell, N.Y.; Jennifer Plum, Shavertown; Travus Jadus, Duryea; Nick Rocco, Throop; and Neal Carey, Luzerne.

The School of Nurse Anesthesia is now accepting applications. For more information, please call 552-3680 or visit www.wvhcs.org.

Marianne Barnhill, M.D. has joined the Geisinger Fox Chase cancer program at the Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley as an associate in medical oncology.

In addition to serving as an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Barnhill practiced medicine within the Willis-Knighton Health System, Shreveport, La. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and medical oncology.

Englok Yap, M.D., has joined Geisinger Wyoming Valley as an associate in the department of anesthesia. He will provide diagnosis and treatment of pain problems on an outpatient basis at the Pain Management Clinic located at Geisinger Wyoming Valley’s Outpatient Surgery Center on Route 315.

Yap is certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with added qualification in pain management and the American Board of Pain Medicine.

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