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Member News – June 26, 2019

  • The Children’s Museum will host Families with Special Needs Night this Friday, June 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the museum located at 2 West 7th St., Bloomsburg. This evening is specially for families with special needs individuals and features a reduced number of visitors, space and freedom to explore at your own pace, adapted exhibits, a quiet area, fun craft and sensory activities and an opportunity to network with other families. This quarterly event is free to all families with special needs members. 


  • Elmcroft Senior Living will hold an Open House this Saturday, June 29 from 1-3 p.m. at its location at 2050 West Front St., Berwick. Attendees can meet Elmcroft’s welcoming staff, tour its model apartments and learn more about this senior living community. There is no cost to attend. RSVP by calling 570-759-3155, and see the event invitation for more information. 


  • Geisinger last week announced the appointment of Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., as president and chief executive officer. Dr. Ryu, who has served as interim president and CEO since November 2018 and executive vice president and chief medical officer since September 2016, becomes the seventh chief executive officer in Geisinger’s 104-year history. Prior to joining Geisinger, Dr. Ryu served as President of Integrated Care Delivery for Humana in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was responsible for Humana’s owned and joint ventured care delivery practices, as well as Transcend, a management services organization assisting affiliated practices to adopt population health under value-based reimbursement. Before this, he served as the chief medical officer at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago. He has held various leadership roles at Kaiser-Permanente, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and as a White House Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is an emergency medicine physician with a license to practice in Pennsylvania and California, and serves as a diplomate on the American Board of Emergency Medicine. More about Dr. Ryu can be found here.


  • The Berwick Health and Wellness Fund (BHWF) recently presented the 2019 recipient of the Innovation & Collaboration Grant, a vehicle to enable continued growth and strengthening of the BHWF service area on a broad scale.

    (L-R): Holly Morrison, D.Ed., CSCF president and CEO; Laura Knorr, Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts executive director; Christine Orlando, CSCF senior program officer.

    Through this opportunity, BHWF provides one grant of $50,000 to fund a new project that provides an opportunity to transform an aspect of community health and wellness. This grant award supports implementation of emerging ideas, initiatives and/or new collaborations that can substantially impact or provide measurable progress toward solving a significant challenge related to health and wellness in our community. This year’s grant award was presented to the Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts (BTCCA) during the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation’s Berwick Area luncheon on May 31, 2019. The Berwick Health and Wellness Fund is the original and largest fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Its purpose is to improve the health and welfare of residents and communities of eastern Columbia and western Luzerne Counties. 


  • Ken Pollock Enterprises is thrilled to welcome Gary Peters as Executive Vice President of the Automotive Sector where he will oversee all Ken Pollock Auto Group operations. Mr. Peters has been a member of the Pollock family since 2005, where he has advanced progressively through various managerial positions including his success as the General Manager of Ken Pollock Nissan, Wilkes-Barre. In 2009, Ken Pollock Nissan was one of two dealers to receive the prestigious Nissan Sales and Service Way Award and is consistently an acclaimed Award of Excellence and top performing store in the Nissan Region. As a King’s College alumni holding degrees in both Business and Architecture with over twenty years of automotive experience, Gary has played a key role in the expansion of Ken Pollock Auto Group and will be critical for its future development and growth.


  • The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit will host a Business & Education Summit on Wednesday, July 10, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Milton Area High School, 700 Mahoning St., Milton. This event will feature a presentation with Mark C. Perna on groundbreaking strategies that are changing the education and workforce development paradigm nationwide and more. There is no cost to attend. For more information, see the flyer, and register online


  • The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center will hold its annual Celebration of Small Business breakfast on Friday, July 26 at 8 a.m. This annual event celebrates entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders and also features awards. There is no cost to attend. Register online or call 570-577-1249. 


  • The Regional Impact Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation recently announced its second competitive grantround of $50K for projects that address current areas of unmet needs throughout the CSCF’s service area, which includes Columbia and Montour Counties. This year’s grantround will consist of an exciting new application process and opportunity for the public to get involved. Interested nonprofits will first submit a Letter of Inquiry introducing their organization, needs, service area, and budgetary request. Those proposals selected by the CSCF Grants Committee will then be invited to submit a full application and participate in The Nonprofit Narrative on Monday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m. at the Danville Area High School auditorium. The Nonprofit Narrative is a platform for these groups to share their grant requests and stories of regional impact—the joys, challenges, dreams and requests each face as they serve our neighbors, communities, and region at large. For more information on the Regional Impact Fund, competitive grantround or The Nonprofit Narrative, visit


  • The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center invites interested business in need of website development to connect with Bucknell students in the “Markets, Innovation, and Design 300” class in the Freeman College of Management. Each semester, these students make websites free of charge for local small businesses. These projects provide a hands-on learning experience for the students while bringing new ideas to these organizations. In early September, the students will be introduced to this assignment and divided into teams. Then the teams will have the liberty to choose with which businesses and organizations they would like to work. By early October, each student team will meet with their client to learn about the specific needs and goals of the organization and the purpose that the site should serve. Over the course of the semester, the students will then design and build the website with an online website software program, incorporating text and photographs provided by the organization. If your business or organization is in need of a website, or if it would benefit from a redesigned site, then please fill out this online form by Aug. 15 to ensure your organization is considered. Additional information is available on this form. 
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