East Stroudsburg, Pa.,
08:11 AM

Lehigh Valley Health Network–Pocono Foundation Awards Community Grants and Scholarships

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)–Pocono Foundation awarded $217,336 to community nonprofit organizations and local students pursuing health degrees during the organization’s 26th Annual Grant Reception.

“We are continually reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a most generous community,” says Stephen Cunningham, FACHE, Vice President of Market Development. “The selfless giving of many enables the LVHN–Pocono Foundation to provide scholarships for tomorrow’s health care professionals and resources to many local organizations that improve the quality of life in the region. Every year we look forward to this event and are always inspired by what motivated our scholarship recipients to pursue a career in health care and of the great work our community partner grant recipients are doing with limited funding. The Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s award recipients who also share a mission to care for and heal the community.”

The 12 Monroe County community organizations that were honored through the generosity of the Dr. Alberta Finch Children’s Health Endowment Fund [$7,582] and the Dr. Claus G. Jordan Endowment Fund [$43,875] include the following:

  • American Red Cross
  • Big Brothers | Big Sisters
  • Brodhead Watershed
  • Center for Vision Loss – Monroe County
  • Friendly Community Center
  • Garden of Giving
  • Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network
  • Pocono Area Transitional Housing
  • Pocono Family YMCA
  • Pocono Services for Families & Children
  • Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg
  • Women’s Resources of Monroe County

As a result of the R. Dale Hughes Nursing Scholarship Endowment, Jennie Cramer Memorial Nursing Scholarship [$21,000], Robert A. Gordon Nursing Scholarship [$1,000], Dr. Elmo J. Lilli Healthcare Scholarship [$2,500] and the Sean P. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship Endowment [$9,000] the following students from northeastern Pennsylvania schools received scholarships:

  • Kristy Whitby – Hughes Nursing Scholarship
  • Allison Stahl – Jennie Cramer Nursing Scholarship
  • Jillian Kolibas – Jennie Cramer Nursing Scholarship
  • Jillian Kolibas – Robert A. Gordon Nursing Scholarship
  • Miranda Kramer – Elmo Lilli Healthcare Scholarship
  • Sarah Marino – Sean P. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship – Notre Dame
  • Geangina Day - Sean P. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship

The Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono Heroes Fund awarded four grants for the total amount of [$11,000] to the respective EMS agencies serving LVH–Pocono: Bushkill Emergency Corps, Pocono Mountain Regional EMS, Suburban EMS and West End Community Ambulance Association.

The Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Pediatric Dental Center, providing dental care for the uninsured and underinsured of Monroe County, has also raised a total of [$35,264] through the Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Pediatric Dental Center Endowment. In addition to these grants and scholarships, several LVH–Pocono physicians received a grant from the William B. Cramer Medical Staff Equipment Endowment [$41,235] to enhance the medical services provided to the community in various service lines.

The Pocono Health Foundation Endowment also provided funding [$24,880] to the LVH–Pocono Critical Care Department, LVH–Pocono Trauma Department and the United Way of Monroe County – Double Bucks program.

The Community Health Endowment continues to provide funding to programs and organizations serving the community. This year [$15,000] was awarded to the East Stroudsburg Borough Fire Department for equipment costs and an automated external defibrillator (AED) was donated to Eldred Township to serve community needs.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.