Nurse-Family Partnership Holiday Party!

We are pleased to announce our annual holiday party celebrating the Nurse-Family Partnership program. For seven years, we have expressed our gratitude to our devoted nurses and wonderful clients by throwing a party for them. This event celebrates the magic of the holidays, and the children are each given a toy and the opportunity to meet Santa. The party has been greatly successful in the past, and we hope to continue this tradition.

We would like to ask for your donations to help fund this celebratory event. Monetary donations and gift donations will both be accepted. Please submit your generous donations by December 12th, so that the funds and toys can go toward the holiday party.

Your support is much appreciated, and we wish you the very best this upcoming holiday season!

2017 MFHS Champion Award: Sarah Arledge

At this year’s Annual Meeting & Community Awards Luncheon, MFHS will be presenting the MFHS Champion Award to Sarah Arledge. Ms. Arledge has participated in several of our programs, including WIC, maternity care and the Nurse-Family Partnership. She has generously given back to the organization time and time again since enrolling in our programs. Sarah is the face of our 2016 Annual Report. She has shared her story with some of our donors, and will be appearing in testimonial videos that we will be debuting this fall. Sarah also nominated MFHS for the United Way of Wyoming Valley Outstanding Partner Award, and spoke about her experience at their campaign kick-off this month.

Sarah  has been generous with her time and support of MFHS and we are thankful for all that she has done. She truly has been a champion for the agency over the past year, and we are thrilled to be presenting Sarah with the MFHS Champion Award on October 18th.

Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends benefits the Nurse Family Partnership

On October 17th, Boscov’s will be hosting its “Friend Helping Friends” day. On this charitable day, shoppers who have purchased a Friends Helping Friends Shopping Pass will be entitled to 25% off their entire purchase at Boscov’s! We are excited to be apart of this exciting day benefiting local nonprofits. The shopping passes cost $5 each, and the proceeds of those purchased through MFHS go towards our Nurse Family Partnership program’s Client Holiday Party.

If you are interested in donating to MFHS and receiving a 25% discount at Boscov’s, the shopping passes can be purchased at our Administrative Office in Wilkes-Barre. Call at 570-826-1777 or visit the office at 15 Public Square to buy your Friends Helping Friends Shopping Pass!

2017 Media Partner Award: Nexstar Broadcasting WBRE/WYOU

This year at our Annual Meeting, we will be presenting the Media Partner Award to Nexstar Broadcasting’s local stations, WBRE and WYOU. The Media Partner Award is bestowed upon a community media partner who goes above and beyond in supporting our agency’s mission. Our friends at WBRE and WYOU have long demonstrated their support through their promotion of our programs as well as public service announcements. We sincerely appreciate the partnership we have developed with WBRE and WYOU, and how it allows MFHS to reach the stations’ vast audiences within our service area.

Members of the team at these Nexstar stations do even more to support MFHS by attending and spreading the word about MFHS events, like last month’s happy hour fundraiser. At this fundraiser for our Nurse-Family Partnership program, we were pleased to be joined by news anchor Mark Hiller of WBRE. Not only was our event promoted on that evening’s news, but also Hiller was able to join us for the happy hour festivities. Last spring, our happy hour fundraiser was hosted by WBRE’s Dave Kuharchik, who included us in a news segment and happily interacted with attendees of the event. Dave has also made a star out our very own “Chef Laurie”, our Nutrition Education Coordinator who is a regular guest in the kitchen on PA Live!, where she shares healthy recipes and nutrition tips with the WBRE audience.

The friendly and supportive staff at our local news stations have truly been invaluable partners for our organization. We are grateful for their tremendous help in our media efforts, and we look forward to celebrating this successful relationship on October 18th.

2017 Community Service Award: Frank R. Kolucki, MD FACOG

Each year the Community Service Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies character in the way of volunteering and giving back to our great community. This year, we choose to award this title to Dr. Frank R. Kolucki. With two decades of experience working in Obstetrics in Scranton, Dr. Kolucki has successfully established himself as leader in women’s health.

Dr. Frank Kolucki is a graduate of Boston College and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. After completing his OB/GYN residency program at Georgetown, Kolucki decided to continue his emerging practice in Scranton. Currently, he works as the Chair of the Obstetrics Department at Moses Taylor Hospital.

Through his establishment of the Moses Taylor Hospital Women’s and Children’s service line, Dr. Kolucki strives to improve the health and well-being of a multitude of women in our area. In his practice, he is motivated to help women affected by maternal substance abuse, and create safer and more effective protocols for medical care. To ensure that Moses Taylor provides exceptional obstetrical care to members of the community, Kolucki was at the forefront of the team that facilitated the hospital in being awarded the Joint Commission’s Perinatal Certification.

Additional, Dr. Kolucki has shown his passion for service through his efforts to educate future medical professionals. He teaches at both the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Marywood University’s health department.

Kolucki hold several positions of leadership, through which he demonstrates his concern and devotion to women in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These include his position as the national physician advisor of the Community Health Systems’ Obstetrics/Pediatrics Council, and his fellowship in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kolucki is on the Board of Directors at Moses Taylor Hospital, as well as the board of Physicians’ Health Alliance.  He has also served as Moses Taylor Hospital’s president of the medical staff.

Dr. Frank R. Kolucki is an outstanding member of the community, who has used his immense medical prowess and abilities to create a lasting, positive change that will continue to better the lives of countless women and babies. We will be honoring Dr. Kolucki’s service on October 18th at our MFHS Annual Meeting.

Healthy Pep Rally Snacks on PA Live!

MFHS Nutrition Education Coordinator Laurie Waskovich was back on PA Live! last week, cooking up some fun, easy recipes for their special Pep Rally Friday edition of the show. Laurie’s recipes are perfect for getting together with friends to watch football, either at the tailgate or at home! Both recipes got the seal of approval from the Coughlin High School cheerleaders and band, who were in the studio drumming up some school spirit before their game later that night.

You can watch both clips below, then grab the recipes and try them yourself!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites


  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup Buffalo hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add cauliflower florets and toss to coat. Spread evenly onto cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping once. Remove from the oven.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together melted butter and buffalo sauce. Add baked cauliflower and toss to coat. Spread evenly onto cookie sheet. Place back in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until crispy, flipping once.
  4. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve with your favorite dressing and enjoy!

Crispy BBQ Roasted Chickpeas


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

BBQ Seasoning:

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread rinsed chickpeas out on a dishtowel or some paper towels and pat until they are all dry. Pick off any loose chickpea skins. Add the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss to coat. Roast chickpeas for 20-30 minutes, or until crispy and starting to brown. Toss chickpeas or shake the tray every so often.
  2. While the chickpeas are baking make the BBQ seasoning. Add all of the seasonings into a small bowl and mix until combined.
  3. As soon as the chickpeas come out of the oven add the BBQ seasoning and mix until all chickpeas are coated. Roasted chickpeas taste best when warm and directly out of the oven, but can be enjoyed when they are cool as well. They just won’t be as crispy.

2017 Rose Allan Tucker Award: Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esquire

At this year’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors & Community Luncheon, MFHS will be presenting the Rose Allan Tucker Award to Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esquire. Ogurkis, a native of Hazleton, has dedicated herself to giving back to her community through her tremendous work at Brandon’s Forever Home. As a founding member and President of this Hazleton-based charitable organization, Ogurkis has significantly improved the quality of life for countless children in the foster care system. She provides counseling and resources for mothers and prospective mothers within the area, and she works passionately as an advocate and educator for the foster care system in order to help children and unite families.

Lorine Angelo Ogurkis graduated in 1999 from Marywood University with her Bachelor of Science in Law. She proceeded to obtain her Juris Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University-Dickenson School of Law in 2002.Upon graduating, Ogurkis worked for over fourteen years at Double Diamond and Eagle Rock Resort as Vice President/ General Counsel. She also worked for eleven years at Eagle Rock Real Estate. Attorney Ogurkis has opened her own law practice in Conyngham which specializes in family law, adoption, real estate, and wills and estate.

Attorney Ogurkis has previously taught as an adjunct professor at Luzerne County Community College for over four years. She has served on the Board of Directors at CASA Luzerne County, Hazleton Area Public Library, Great Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, and as secretary of Hazleton Area Volunteers. Among her many positions of community leadership and assistance is the organization Attorney Ogurkis founded dedicated to the local police, called We Are Hazleton. She has also served as the Assistant Director of Hazleton POWER, as well as Chairman to the Advisory Board at Luzerne County Children & Youth Services.

Through her extensive service at both her law practice and at Brandon’s Forever Home, Ogurkis has shown her deep commitment to the betterment of individuals and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are pleased to show our appreciation for Attorney Lorine Angelo Ogurkis’s altruism and positive impact on our community at this year’s Annual Meeting.

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.”