CHEM officials recognized by American Heart Assocation

Commonwealth Health

Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients. Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.

CHEMS officials are, from left: Carmen Passaniti, assistant operations manager; Robert Rutkowski, clinical operations manager; Joe Moran, operations manager; Gene Lesneski, pre-hospital care coordinator and Gary McIntyre, director of operations.


Dunmore Native Earns Doctorate Degree from Townson

Cecelia B. Kilcullen has been awarded the Doctor of Audiology degree from Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

Cecelia Kilcullen

Cecelia Kilcullen recently earned her Doctor of Audiology degree.

Kilcullen defended her doctoral thesis on establishing a simple and reliable bedside hearing screening measure for use in the medical field by practitioners who are not trained to diagnose hearing loss. Her clinical experience includes performing adult and pediatric diagnostic audiologic evaluations and conducting adult and pediatric hearing aid evaluations, fittings, and troubleshooting.

The daughter of Peter and Jean Kilcullen, Dunmore, Kilcullen is a graduate of Dunmore High School, and a summa cum laude graduate of West Chester University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Kilcullen was a special education school teacher and a job coach and job developer for Deaf adults with mental illnesses. While she was an undergraduate student at West Chester University, she worked for the Center on Hearing and Deafness, a social service agency that served people with hearing loss.

The newly permitted Dr. Kilcullen is licensed by the state of Maryland and is an audiologist at The Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore, Maryland.