Staff Retirement: Cheers to Carmen!

The MFHS family is blessed with so many experienced health and wellness professionals. The years of experience, level of professionalism and truly kind and generous people who work here are what keep our clients returning day in and day out.

A shining example of one of these family members is Carmen Mercado. Carmen is just about to finish her 29th year at MFHS, as she’s decided it’s time to retire and enjoy life. We want to take a moment and shout out to Carmen the biggest Thank You and Virtual Hug we could from across the organization.

We’ve asked Carmen to tell us a little about her experience and plans for the future:

What did you enjoy most about working at MFHS?
“I love being able to work with the public.”
Tell us a little about what made your work fulfilling?
“I enjoy helping participant nutritionally and personally.”
What will you miss most?
“Working with my co-workers.”
What advice would you give to yourself if you were just starting your career at MFHS?
“Be willing to work and do my best.”
What are you most looking forward to in your retirement?
“I look forward to Traveling, Resting, Shopping and Serving the Lord.”

Additionally, some of Carmen’s co-workers have chimed in to talk about what it is like to be around her.

“It’s difficult to find the right words to thank someone who means so much to me. You have become the biggest mentor in my life. I am so grateful that you took me under your wing when I first started at this company. Your leadership and example has helped me grow into my potential. Truly, I have been blessed to have you in my life. From the bottom of my heart, a big THANK YOU!!” –Jannette Mosquera

“To Carmen, For making a difference in my life and the lives of thousands of others you’ve touched during your 29 years with MFHS and WIC.  Your smile, love, joy, laughter will all be missed. Wishing you a happy and peaceful retirement.” –Katie Hettinger

From all of us at MFHS, we would like to wish Carmen all the best and brightest with a very long, healthy and happy retirement.  Cheers Carmen!

Thank You Sun Buick GMC for Sponsoring our 2018 Hole-In-One Contest

Pictured: Jim Schilling, MFHS Development & Communications Officer, and Lori Guitson, Owner, Sun Buick GMC.

Sun Buick GMC, Moosic, is sponsoring the hole-in-one contest at the Maternal and Family Health Services 25th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 14, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top.

The hole-in-one prize is a 2018 Buick Regal TOUR X and will go to the lucky golfer at the MFHS Tournament who gets a hole-in-one on hole 9 of the Ridge course.

For more information about golf and sponsorship opportunities, e-mail golf@mfhs.org or call 1-800-367-6347.

The WIC Farmer’s Market Program is back!

Just in time for summer, the WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) will begin soon. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, provides WIC participants with vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmer’s markets from June 1st through November 30th.

These vouchers provide additional opportunity to inform participants of the importance of eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. WIC Nutrition staff will distribute these $20 vouchers to participants, along with a list of nearby participating farmer’s markets. WIC participants, including children ages 1-5 as well as pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum mothers are eligible to receive these vouchers.

In addition to the health benefits for WIC participants, the WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program also supports over 1,000 community farmers. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program of Pennsylvania is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 25th Annual MFHS Golf Tournament is June 14th

In just over two weeks, we will be celebrating our 25th year of the MFHS golf tournament at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top. Join us on Thursday, June 14th to support children and families in our community.

The golf tournament is open to anyone who enjoys playing golf, and the event will be held rain or shine! Operating in a four person captain and crew format, the fee is $125 per person, $500 for a foursome. This cost includes green fees, a cart, lunch, dinner, and refreshments. Grand prizes will be awarded to our top male and female flights. Raffles and a silent auction will also occur throughout the day at the tournament.

To register as a golfer or to sponsor the tournament, please visit our golf page. We offer a number of sponsorship opportunities for individuals and businesses who are motivated to donate to MFHS in support of our various programs and services. Thanks to the generous donations of community members, Maternal and Family Health Services has been able to positively impact the lives of approximately 100,000 women and children in Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond. For over 45 years, we have served local families with our comprehensive health and wellness programs like the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Supplemental Nutrition Program.

Tee Off Tuesday: Enter to win a FREE vacation!

As May comes to an end, it’s time to get ready for summer! Are you hoping to take a fun family vacation this summer? Thanks to Sundance Vacations, we are giving away a fabulous trip to your choice of Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach South Carolina! Raffle tickets for the South Carolina vacation will be sold at our golf tournament on June 14th, but you don’t need to attend the tournament to buy tickets. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the MFHS golf tournament, and on the day of the tournament the winner will be drawn for the 8 day/ 7 night South Carolina vacation.

Tickets are $25 for 1 entry, 2 for $40, or buy 3 get 1 free. Celebrate our 25th year of the golf tournament by entering to win this exciting trip! Click here to enter the South Carolina vacation raffle and learn more. And if you are interested in golfing in the tournament, you can register to play on our golf page.

Happy Hour Fundraiser on May 3rd!

 

On May 3rd, join MFHS at Rodano’s for a happy hour to raise money for NEPA Match Day! Rodano’s will donate all tips and a portion of sales to MFHS for NEPA Match Day, an initiative of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

The Scranton Area Foundation created NEPA Match Day to assist nonprofits who serve residents of Lackawanna County. Each year, the Scranton Area Foundation assembles a collective of 25 nonprofits that volunteer to participate in NEPA Match Day. We are proud to once again be a part of this fantastic event.

Donations made to the participating organizations on this day will be matched by the foundation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 per nonprofit. Your donation of $25 becomes $50, $50 becomes $100, and so on. And all of the money raised goes back into supporting families in our area.

The happy hour is a great opportunity to donate to MFHS and double your impact! To learn more about donating to any of the organizations on NEPA Match Day, visit the Scranton Area Foundation’s website.

Listed below are the organizations in this year’s NEPA Match Day collective:

1. Alzheimer’s Association
2. Catherine McAuley Center
3. Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
4. Countryside Conservancy
5. Dress for Success Lackawanna
6. EOTC
7. Everhart Museum
8. Greater Carbondale YMCA
9. Greater Scranton YMCA
10. Heritage Valley Partners
11. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
12. Jewish Family Service of NEPA
13. Junior League of Scranton
14. Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
15. Lackawanna Pro Bono
16. Leadership Lackawanna
17. Marley’s Mission
18. Maternal and Family Health Services
19. Meals on Wheels of NEPA
20. NEPA Rainbow Alliance
21. Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
22. Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
23. The Arc of NEPA
24. United Neighborhood Centers
25. Women’s Resource Center

Join us for #NEPAMatchDay 2018

For the 4th year in a row, the first Friday in May will be NEPA Match Day! The Scranton Area Community Foundation has assembled an amazing group of 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County for the 2018 NEPA Match Day collective. Maternal & Family Health Services is proud to be part of this group again!

In the months leading up to May 4, 2018, the collective will work together to spread the word about the critical work being done in our region by these nonprofits. Then, on May 4th, 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 has far exceeded the $50,000 goal, but the success of NEPA Match Day depends entirely on the gifts you make to the NEPA Match Day collective on May 4th.

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

So, on Friday, May 4, 2018, please consider making a contribution directly to one of these terrific nonprofits:

1. Alzheimer’s Association
2. Catherine McAuley Center
3. Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
4. Countryside Conservancy
5. Dress for Success Lackawanna
6. EOTC
7. Everhart Museum
8. Greater Carbondale YMCA
9. Greater Scranton YMCA
10. Heritage Valley Partners
11. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
12. Jewish Family Service of NEPA
13. Junior League of Scranton
14. Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
15. Lackawanna Pro Bono
16. Leadership Lackawanna
17. Marley’s Mission
18. Maternal and Family Health Services
19. Meals on Wheels of NEPA
20. NEPA Rainbow Alliance
21. Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
22. Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
23. The Arc of NEPA
24. United Neighborhood Centers
25. 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.

Win a South Carolina Beach Vacation at our Healthy Heroes Walk!

It’s official – we have a grand prize for the MFHS Healthy Heroes Walk! One of our walkers will win an 8 day/7 night stay in either Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head, South Carolina, courtesy of Sundance Vacations!

Every walker will receive one raffle ticket for every $100 they raise. The more you fundraise for MFHS, the more chances you have to win! If you haven’t formed your team or signed up to walk, it’s not too late. Visit the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community website and sign up with MFHS today.

Thank you Sundance Vacations for sponsoring this amazing grand prize!

The vacation rental from Sundance Vacations will be at a Sundance Vacations property in South Carolina for up to 6 people. The grand prize covers accommodations only, and does not include transportation. Blackout dates apply during the summer, holidays and special events. Valid for one year from date of issue (June 16, 2018). The grand prize will be chosen after the online donation form closes on June 29th. 

UPDATED: Weather Alert March 7 & 8, 2018

Due to the inclement weather and Governor Wolf declaring a state of emergency, MFHS offices  will be closed Wednesday March 7th, and will not open until 9 am on Thursday March 8th, in order to give crews time to clean the roads. Our offices will be open Wednesday morning, but if there are changes as the storm arrives, we will post updates here.

If you have an appointment at any of our locations on the 7th or 8th and won’t be able to make it due to the weather, please call your local office, or our administration office at 570-826-1777, and we will be happy to help you reschedule your appointment.

Maternal & Family Health Services Awarded $115,000 Highmark Foundation Grant

Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President & CEO, with Jane Brooks, Highmark Foundation Program Officer.

Maternal and Family Health Services announces they are a recipient of a $115,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation. The grant funds a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the MFHS Circle of Care office on Madison Avenue in Scranton.

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. The Circle of Care office is a unique location that provides access to these programs in one convenient location.

“The addition of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker will help us better serve an increasing number of high-risk clients with additional screenings and counseling,” says Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President and CEO. “They will help coordinate client care across programs and physicians, as well as provide referrals and resources to help our clients have healthy babies and lead healthy lives.”

“The Highmark Foundation has a long history of providing public health grants that focus on improving health, preventing disease and promoting wellness among families,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “Through this grant, we can help Maternal and Family Health Services expand critical services to high-risk women, teens and babies for improved health outcomes.”