East Stroudsburg, PA,
06:57 PM

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

Nearly $190,000 was awarded to community nonprofit organizations and local students pursuing health degrees during the organization’s 27th Annual Grant & Scholarship Reception.

“Next to my wedding date, I have always considered this my second favorite day of the year,” said Elizabeth Wise, President, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono. “The generosity of so many allows the LVHN–Pocono Foundation to provide scholarships for tomorrow’s health care professionals and much-needed resources to local organizations that improve the quality of life and health in our region. Every year the members of our selection committees continue to be inspired by what motivates our scholarship recipients to pursue careers in health care. Equally impressive is the amazing work our community grant recipients are doing with such limited funding. The LVHN-Pocono Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s award recipients who also share our mission to heal, comfort and care for our community.”

The 13 Monroe County community organizations that were honored through the generosity of the Dr. Alberta Finch Children’s Health Endowment Fund [$7,300] and the Dr. Claus G. Jordan Endowment Fund [$41,878] include the following:

As a result of our nursing and healthcare scholarships - the R. Dale Hughes Nursing Scholarship Endowment, Jennie Cramer Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Robert A. Gordon Nursing Scholarship, Dr. Elmo J. Lilli Healthcare Scholarship and the Sean P. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship Endowment - with a combined total of [$38,850], the following area high school and college students received scholarships:

  • Kaylee Hunter – Hughes Nursing Scholarship

  • Anisa Hakim – Jennie Cramer Nursing Scholarship

  • Alex D’Antonio – Jennie Cramer Nursing Scholarship

  • Alex D’Antonio – Robert A. Gordon Nursing Scholarship

  • Myles Betancourt – Dr. Elmo J. Lilli Memorial Healthcare Scholarship

  • Kennedy Brown – Sean P. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship

  • William Mirams – Sean P. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship

  • John Kerprich, Jr. - Sean P. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship (CRNP)

The Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono Heroes Fund awarded grants totaling [$12,000] to the four 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, which provides dental care for the uninsured and underinsured of Monroe County, has also raised a total of [$36,764] through the Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Pediatric Dental Center Endowment.

In addition to these grants and scholarships, four LVH–Pocono departments received grants from the William B. Cramer Medical Staff Equipment Endowment [$41,878] to enhance the medical services provided to the community within these service lines.

The Pocono Health Foundation Endowment also provided funding [$19,156] to the LVH–Pocono Clinical Services Department and LVH–Pocono Security Department for a transport monitor and MOAB training respectively.

The Community Health Endowment continues to provide funding to programs and organizations serving the community. This year [$9,000] was awarded to the East Stroudsburg Fire Department Acme Hose Company No. 1 to assist with costs related to the purchase and maintenance of a ladder truck.


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 19 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 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 FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.