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LUZERNE COUNTY – The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts community blood drives throughout the month.

Donors who are 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in relatively good health may give blood every 56 days.

There is a pressing need for O-Negative blood. To find out how to donate O-Negative blood or to schedule a summer blood donation, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

A list of area blood donation sites includes:

Today, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre; 1-6 p.m., Wright Township Fire Hall, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top.

WILKES-BARRE – Wyoming Valley Children’s Association is now accepting referrals for its Orthopedic Clinic, which will be held on Aug. 7 at the Volunteers in Medicine Building, 190 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

The clinic, which was begun in 1924, provides evaluations, recommendations and follow-up services for children and adolescents up to 21 years of age.

Held six times a year, the clinic is staffed by Dr. John Parenti, director of the Department of Orthopedics at Geisinger Medical Center, and is funded, in part, by the Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Elfriede Turner at 714-1246.

WEST SIDE — The Kingston, Swoyersville and Forty Fort Lions Clubs are offering free health care screenings from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the American Legion, Shoemaker Street, Swoyersville.

Free screenings will include eye examinations, glaucoma and hearing tests, blood pressure screening, diabetes risk assessment, medication management and body mass index and wellness programs.

Testing will be conducted by Eyecare Specialists, Association for the Blind, Amplified Hearing, American Red Cross, Wyoming Valley Healthcare, Wilkes University and the Wilkes-Barre YMCA.

For more information, call 208-LION (5466).

FREELAND – Freeland American Legion will sponsor a motorcycle run to benefit the Matthew Sloan Walker Fund on Aug. 29.

Fees to enter include $15 for drivers and $10 for riders.

Matthew Sloan Walker is the grandson of Alexandra and Michael Hadzick, of Freeland. The 3-year-old child is one of 35 males in the world born with a disorder of the brain called subcortical band heterotopia.

Because the disorder is so rare, his family’s health insurance will not cover the treatments he needs.

For more information about the motorcycle run or the fund, contact Michael Hadzick at 215-837-1758.

HEALTH PEOPLE Dr. Norman Schulman was recently named medical director of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department. He also serves as director of Radiation Medicine Specialists, Forty Fort.

A graduate of Emory University, Atlanta, Schulman earned his medical degree from the University of Bologna, Italy.

He is board-certified in therapeutic radiology and is a member of the American Medical Society and Pennsylvania Medical Society.

Dr. Caroline Raskiewicz, of Larksville, recently received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.

Raskiewicz is employed with Wyoming Valley Health Care System.

Atty. Frank J. Brier, of Scranton, general counsel for Geisinger Health System, and Atty. Matthew P. Keris, of Clarks Summit, of Marshall Dennehy Warner Coleman & Goggins, recently presented a lecture on Electronic Health Records at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Washington, D.C. The lecture was intended to brief the organization’s Risk Management Committee on the latest litigation issues regarding electronic medical records.

Dr. Louis R. Sieminski, audiologist at The Hearing Center, will present a short course at the annual Convention of the American Speech and Hearing Association to be held in New Orleans in November. Along with his colleague, Dr Diane Sabo, Sieminski will present, “The Use of Data to Shape Statewide Early Hearing Identification and Intervention Programs.”

Sieminski and Sabo were both involved with Sen. Charles Lemmond to help establish the Pennsylvania Statewide Initiative that has been recognized as a model program for the United States.

Both also served on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Advisory Board.

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