Friends Of MFHS

MFHS Announces 46th Annual Meeting & Community Awards Luncheon

Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) announces that its 46th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Community Awards Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 12 noon at The Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. The agency will be presenting several awards, including the Rose Allan Tucker Award to Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esquire.

Maternal & Family Health Services began its journey of service in April 1971, with a vision to improve the quality of family life, promote responsible parenthood and coordinate effective service delivery in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Today, MFHS has grown to a regional organization serving over 100,000 individuals in 16 Pennsylvania counties.

Among the awards being given at the Annual Meeting, is the prestigious Rose Allan Tucker Award. This year, the recipient is Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esquire. Attorney Ogurkis is a dedicated member of the community in Northeastern Pennsylvania who works tirelessly for children and families at Brandon’s Forever Home. As the organization’s Executive Director, she counsels prospective mothers (and other women and mothers) and provides assistance and resources to families with children in the foster care system.

Several other awards will be presented during the MFHS 46th Annual Community Awards Luncheon:

  • Nexstar Broadcasting WBRE/WYOU: The Media Partner Award
  • Frank R. Kolucki, MD FACOG: The Community Service Award
  • Sarah Arledge: The MFHS Champion Award
  • Chloe Acker: The Kathy A. Dickerson Memorial Scholarship

The public can download the Annual Meeting invitation via the MFHS website. The luncheon reception is $25. RSVP by Friday, October 9, 2017. Program advertising opportunities are also available.

Win Tickets to see the Ravens Take on the Bears!

Are there any Ravens or Bears fans in the house? Yes?? Good, because today is your lucky day! MFHS is raffling 2 club seat tickets to see the Ravens face the Bears in Baltimore on October 15 at 1pm!

Chances are $10 each and include:

  • 2 club tickets – Section 229, Row 9, Seats 11 & 12
  • VIP parking pass – lot A

The total prize is valued at over $500! The winner will be chosen Wednesday, October 4th at noon. The winner will be announced on the MFHS website and on the MFHS Facebook page. Please share the word far and wide and get your entry in today!

Thank you to Gmerek Government Relations for donating this amazing prize! All proceeds will benefit the Nurse-Family Partnership client holiday party!

Click here to buy your raffles now.

Maternal & Family Health Services Awarded AllOne Foundation Grant

The AllOne Foundation presents a technology grant to Maternal & Family Health Services. Pictured: Jean Simonton, AllOne Foundation Executive Assistant; John Cosgrove, AllOne Foundation Executive Director, Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President & CEO; and John Kearney, MFHS Vice President of Program Services & Business Initiatives.

Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) announces they are a recipient of a grant from the AllOne Foundation. The grant funds technology upgrades and support for the agency’s launch of electronic medical records.

MFHS provides services to over 100,000 individuals annually across Northeast Pennsylvania through a network of programs that includes: Reproductive Healthcare, the Women, Infants & Children Nutrition (WIC) program, the HealthyWoman Cancer Screening program, the Nurse-Family Partnership program, and the Healthy Beginnings Plus prenatal program. This project will directly improve the care and service of the women, men and teens who depend on MFHS for reproductive health care and the women and infants serviced through their prenatal care programs.

“As today’s evolving medical environment depends more on electronic-based data for practice and care decisions, the use of Electronic Health Records is critical in improving timeliness, accuracy of patient information, and coordination of care,” says Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President and CEO.

The ability of a provider to have one-click access to a patient record increases the ability to coordinate care among providers, make timely decisions related to patient diagnosis and treatment, keep the patient readily informed, provide a positive experience, and improve health outcomes.

“MFHS thanks the AllOne Foundation for supporting the launch of our electronic health record system,” says Saxton, “This grant will help us improve our patients care and their experience when they visit MFHS offices.”

United Way of Wyoming Valley Names MFHS 2017 Outstanding Partner

Sarah Arledge with baby Al, MFHS President & CEO Bette Cox Saxton, and United Way President & CEO Bill Jones.

Last week, the United Way of Wyoming Valley honored Maternal & Family Health Services at their campaign kickoff by naming us their first-ever Outstanding Partner. The board and staff of MFHS are thrilled to be recognized by the United Way, and thank them for the award.

MFHS was nominated by Sarah Arledge of Hanover Township, whose family has participated in several MFHS programs. Sarah told the audience how the Maternal Family Health Services’ Nurse-Family Partnership Program impacted the lives of her and her husband, Alexander, after they became pregnant.

Through the program, a nurse guide visits the home and guides low-income parents through pregnancy and after birth until the child reaches ages 2. After her speech, Arledge hugged her nurse Lynne, who, Arledge said, was now “family.” On top of receiving the award, Bill Jones and the United Way presented MFHS with an additional $5,000 to help more families.

Thank you to the Arledge family and the United Way for this honor!

 

Join us for a happy hour FUNdraiser on August 23rd

Join MFHS and our friends at Rodano’s Wednesday, August 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 for a happy hour with a purpose! All proceeds raised will benefit our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party. Our NFP staff throws the party every year for our clients – families receive gifts for their children, dinner, and pictures with Santa, all thanks to generous donations from the NEPA community.

The happy hour features no cover, raffle baskets and guest bartenders. All tips and a portion of sales will be generously donated by Rodano’s! Please join us on August 23rd and help us spread the word!

 

MFHS Seeking Nominations for 2017 Rose Allan Tucker Award

Maternal and Family Health Services is seeking nominations for the Rose Allan Tucker Award, which will be presented at the agency’s 46th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on October 18th at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

The late Rose Tucker was a former Luzerne County Commissioner and long-time employee of MFHS.  She dedicated her life to public service as a community leader, political activist, health advocate, and champion for women, children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  She opened doors for women to take leadership roles in the community and extended herself to help those in need.

Since 1996, MFHS has celebrated her legacy by presenting the Rose Tucker Award to a person who demonstrates a deep commitment to improving the quality of life for women, children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  With her passing in 2009, the Rose Tucker Award has taken on even greater significance as it helps keep her legacy alive and serves as a reminder of Rose Tucker’s great contributions to the community.

Nominees for the award should demonstrate a long-term commitment to improving the quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a significant positive impact on the health and welfare of women, children and families.

Nomination forms are available on the agency’s website: https://www.mfhs.org/annual-meeting  or by calling 1-800-367-6347.  Deadline for submissions is August 23rd, 2017. The deadline is extended until Monday, August 28th!

MFHS Golf Tournament to be Held June 15th

Maternal & Family Health Services’ 24th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, June 15th at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top. This annual golf tournament is an opportunity for golfers throughout Northeast Pennsylvania to enjoy a fun day while making a difference in the lives of women, children and families in Northeast Pennsylvania.

The MFHS Golf Tournament, open to all interested golfers, is a four person captain and crew format. The fee is $125 per person, $500 for a foursome, which includes the cart, green fees, lunch, barbecue dinner and refreshments. The golf tournament will be held rain or shine, and both men and women are invited. The top male and female flight will each win one of the grand prizes. In addition, the tournament will also feature a silent auction and various raffles during the day.

Sun Buick GMC, Moosic, is sponsoring the hole-in-one contest at this year’s tournament. The hole-in-one prize is a 2017 GMC Acadia and will go to the lucky golfer at the MFHS Tournament who gets a hole-in-one on the contest hole.

Individual golfers and sponsors provide monies that help strengthen MFHS and its health and nutrition programs that have served thousands of individuals in Northeast Pennsylvania for more than 40 years.  Maternal & Family Health Services focuses its efforts on improving the overall health and wellness of women, children and families in our communities.

To register or offer a sponsorship, visit the MFHS website MFHS.org. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and organizations who are interested in supporting MFHS in its mission.

Happy Hour Fundraiser on May 3rd

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Join MFHS with our friends from Pepperjam, Nexstar Broadcasting and Rodano’s for a happy hour with a purpose on May 3rd!

Rodano’s will be donating all tips and a portion of sales to MFHS as part of NEPA Match Day, an initiative of the Scranton Area Foundation. The evening will feature bartenders from Pepperjam and Dave Kuharchik from WBRE/WYOU.

All donations will be DOUBLED by the Scranton Area Foundation during this event for NEPA Match Day. But what is #NEPAMatchDay? The Scranton Area Community Foundation has assembled a fantastic group of 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County that have volunteered to be part of the 2017 NEPA Match Day collective. Maternal & Family Health Services is proud to be one of these 25 non-profits in 2017.

Every dollar you donate to one of the participating partners, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will match your donation…dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 for EACH nonprofit. For one day, your $25 gift becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and the support you give will stay in our region.

You can donate to MFHS during this happy hour, and can also visit the Scranton Area Foundation’s website to find out how to donate to any member of the collective for Match Day.

Here is the full list of non-profits participating in this year’s Match Day:
Abington Community Library
AFA Gallery
Alzheimer’s Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA
Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
Dress for Success Lackawanna
Greater Carbondale YMCA
Greater Scranton YMCA
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
Jewish Family Service of NEPA
Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Lackawanna Historical Society
Make-a-Wish Greater PA & WV
Marley’s Mission
Maternal & Family Health Services
Meals on Wheels of NEPA
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
Scranton Cultural Center
Scranton Fringe Festival
The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Greenhouse Project
United Neighborhood Centers
Valley Community Library
West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch
Women’s Resource Center

Save the Date: NEPA Match Day

For the 3rd year in a row, the first Friday in May will be NEPA Match Day! The Scranton Area Community Foundation has assembled a fantastic group of 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County that have volunteered to be part of the 2017 NEPA Match Day collective. Maternal & Family Health Services is proud to be one of these 25 non-profits in 2017.

In the months leading up to May 5, 2017, the collective will work together to spread the word about the critical work being done in our region by these nonprofits. Then, on May 5th, for every dollar you donate to one of the participating partners, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will match your donation…dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 for EACH nonprofit. For one day, your $25 gift becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and the support you give will stay in our region.

By working together for 24 hours, we have the ability to strengthen our community and the nonprofits that strive to make our community a better place to live by over $50,000! For the past two years, NEPA Match Day exceeded the $50,000 goal by more than $30,000 but the success of NEPA Match Day depends entirely on the gifts you make to the NEPA Match Day collective on May 5th.

You can learn more about Match Day by visiting the Scranton Area Foundation’s website.

So, on Friday, May 5, 2017, please consider making a contribution directly to one of these terrific nonprofits:

Abington Community Library
AFA Gallery
Alzheimer’s Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA
Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
Dress for Success Lackawanna
Greater Carbondale YMCA
Greater Scranton YMCA
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
Jewish Family Service of NEPA
Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Lackawanna Historical Society
Make-a-Wish Greater PA & WV
Marley’s Mission
Maternal & Family Health Services
Meals on Wheels of NEPA
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
Scranton Cultural Center
Scranton Fringe Festival
The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Greenhouse Project
United Neighborhood Centers
Valley Community Library
West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch
Women’s Resource Center

*Please give directly to the nonprofit of your choice. If you would like to support the entire NEPA Match Day collective, you can donate to the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Any NEPA Match Day gifts received by the Foundation will be divided equally between the above-listed nonprofits.

Enjoy Pizza with a Purpose to Benefit MFHS

unnamedAfter you’ve done your civic duty and voted on November 8th, celebrate the end (finally!) of election season with a delicious meal from Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre! Grotto will be donating a portion of all orders on November 8th to our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party. All you have to do is print a copy of this fundraising coupon and present it at time of payment.

  • Where: Grotto Pizza outside the Wyoming Valley Mall (570-822-6600)
  • When: November 8th, lunch and dinner
  • What: All dine-in or take-out orders (cannot be used for delivery)

Learn more about our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party and don’t forget to print a copy of your fundraising coupon for November 8th. This coupon can be shared and printed as often as needed – invite your friends and family for a fun night out that benefits the Nurse-Family Partnership!

 

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