Applications Available for SAGE Awards

SAGEApplications for the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s annual SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence) are now available on the Chamber’s website.

The awards are presented annually to members of the local business community who demonstrate strong and consistent efforts through their talent, creativity and innovation. Applicants must be current Chamber members in good standing.

This year’s SAGE award categories include Best Practices in Community Development, Best Practices in Customer Service, Best Practices in Marketing and Communications, Business of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Hometown Star, New and Emerging Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Woman of Excellence.

In addition, there will be three “Pride and Progress” awards available for interior and exterior renovations and new construction.

All SAGE Award finalists will be entered into the People’s Choice Award category. The recipient of that award will be determined by an online community-wide popular vote.

The SAGE Awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Gala will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Theater at North, 1539 North Main Ave., Scranton.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. For more information, including applications, instructions and judging criteria, visit

YMCA Receives Support From Feel Good Charities

Feel Good Charities photo

Feel Good Charities recently presented the Greater Scranton YMCA with a $2,200 contribution to support the Y’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, Summer Scholars.

The Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, a national initiative at the Y, supports cognitive, physical and social-emotional growth while focusing on helping children read at grade level.

Shown from left: Trish Fisher, CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA; participants of the 8:30 a.m. Power Cycling Class at the Y, and Frank Ross, Feel Good Motors & Feel Good Charities, owner.

Commonwealth Health to Establish Heart and Vascular Institute

Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton will invest $15 million into the establishment of a Heart & Vascular Institute and the expansion of its intensive care unit.

regional_hospital_of_scranton_1458115The 12,000-square foot Heart & Vascular Institute will be situated on the second floor of the hospital in an area currently used as a conference center and physical therapy, it was announced recently by CEO Brooks Turkel.

The Institute will include the recently completed endovascular laboratory and will allow for all cardiac-related procedures to be performed in the same general area. Construction will begin as soon as permits are in place with completion of the Heart Institute expected in early 2017 and the ICU later next year.

The creation of the Institute will include the expansion of the Regional cardiac service line to include transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, a surgical procedure for patients who are not candidates for open chest surgery.

Turkel also announced the recruitment of Nishant Sethi, M.D., who specializes in TAVR and other minimally invasive heart valve repair and interventional cardiology. He will be one of 23 physicians who will practice cardiology and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at the new Institute.

The ICU will expand from 16 to 24 beds.

Features of the Heart & Vascular Institute:

  •         three cardiac catheterization labs
  •         one electrophysiology Lab
  •         newly created endovascular suite
  •         10 private prep/recovery rooms
  •         A five-bay, post-anesthesia area
  •         A cardiovascular diagnostics area (electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, vascular laboratory and cardiac stress testing)

The cost of the project includes the construction of the Institute, purchase of new cardiology equipment and relocation expenses for the conference center.