Dunmorean of the Month: Tom DePietro

Tom DiPietroFrom an early age, Dunmore native Tom DePietro was instilled with an unwavering pride for his hometown and a deep-rooted commitment to helping others. 

All these years later, he’s living up to both of those virtues as the owner-pharmacist of DePietro’s Pharmacy in Dunmore. 

DePietro founded the pharmacy in March 2012 with the goal of melding cutting-edge pharmaceutical care with the quaint friendliness of a classic mom and pop business. For him and his employees, that means providing patients with exceptional customer service, offering services that other pharmacies do not, working closely with other health care providers during these ever-changing times, and staying firmly connected to the community at large. 

That philosophy is working just fine. In recent years, DePietro’s has been recognized by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce with its “Business of the Year,” “Best Practices in Customer Service” and “Best Practices in Community Involvement” awards. Meanwhile, the pharmacy was voted “Best Local Pharmacy” for the past five years by the readers of The Times-Tribune. 

“Unfortunately, health care can be so complicated for people to navigate. So, it’s inspiring to manage a pharmacy team that goes above and beyond for our customers,” DePietro said. “Not only do we make sure they understand their conditions and medications, but we also provide many other invaluable resources.”

Both of DePietro’s parents worked in health care – his father as a pharmacist, his mother as a nurse — and the dedication and empathy they showed to their patients left an indelible impression on him. 

“What really resonated with me was their passion for helping people and being able to make an impact on their patients,” he said. “Their hours were long and their days were stressful, but what they focused on was how they were able to help someone. That always stuck with me.”

After graduating from Dunmore High School, DePietro earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy. From there, he went to work for a large chain pharmacy. 

Quickly, he fell in love with the world of retail pharmacy, and over time developed the ability to build close relationships with his customers and peers. He also found he had the capacity to motivate his team to exceed customer expectations. 

“However, while I was extremely grateful for the opportunity, I felt like corporate policies and goals didn’t quite align with the best interests of the patients,” DePietro said. “After sharing my vision of opening my own pharmacy with my wife and family, they gave me the courage and support to pursue my dream.”

depietroOutside of the pharmacy, DePietro has made community service a priority via a number of volunteer ventures near and dear to him, including the Parish Finance Council at Immaculate Conception Church, the Jude Zayac Foundation and the Lackawanna County Heritage Valley Authority.

And, of course, he’s a dedicated husband and father to his wife, Eugenia, and their daughter, Dominica. 

“My day begins and ends with being a husband and father. And, as a pharmacist and owner, my daily responsibilities can be summed up in a word — everything,” he said. “Between filling prescriptions and advising patients, you’ll find me working alongside my trusted team, strategically networking and marketing and doing my best to serve the community.”

THIS MONTH: Dunmore Cemetery Tour

Dearly Departed

The Dearly Departed Players will present an all-new tour at the Dunmore Cemetery on Sundays, Oct. 6 and 13, at 2 p.m.

Visitors should arrive early to see exhibits, including VNA Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County; Albright Memorial Library, and Scranton Reads. VNA Hospice is exhibiting because their founder, Mrs. Henry Martyn Boies, is buried in the cemetery.

Once again the Dearly Departed Players are partnering with United Neighborhood Centers and  Feed-a-Friend. Admission to the tour is free but the group does ask for a non-perishable donation for that organization.

The tour will take about 2-½ hours.  Comfortable walking shoes are suggested. No reservations are required. 

The tour is researched, written, costumed and directed by Julie Esty — now in her 22nd year of doing tours in the cemetery in one form or another. 

Many of the Dearly Departed Players are now in their 17th year of tours, plus there are some wonderful new cast members this year. The Players are the recipients of a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Grant.

For more information please call 570-344-3819.

Annual “The Nutcracker” Production Moves to Theater at North

Nutcracker at NorthBallet Theatre of Scranton will move its annual holiday gift of The Nutcracker to its new home at the Theater at North this December. This original Scranton production has been presented for 44 years  free of charge to the community and has been enjoyed by over 350,000 people to date.

Public free performances are held each year on Dec 26, 27 and 28 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating the production’s new home are shown seated from left:  Kate Jones, CEO of Goodwill Industries NEPA, and Dr Kimberly D’Andrea , president of Ballet Theatre of Scranton.

Standing, same order: Gerald T.Langan, president emeritus of Goodwill, and Joanne D. Arduino, Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre.