Healthcare Heroes Suite
The ASM Global managed Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Twp., will help recognize and thank local healthcare professionals at arena events beginning this Fall (or whenever it is deemed safe for our venue to host public events). The “Healthcare Heroes Suite” will honor local healthcare professionals that are on the front lines fighting against the spread of COVID-19 in our community and around the world.
Beginning the week of June 1st, 2020, we will begin posting the names/photos of each "Healthcare Hero" nomination on our website and social media pages through the first week of August. We will honor and recognize approximately 15 "Healthcare Heroes" each week, so please keep checking our site for updated postings.
After all nominees have been publicly recognized, Mohegan Sun Arena will conduct a lottery drawing from all nominations received to select the recipients of luxury suite tickets for a future Mohegan Sun Arena event. The lottery drawing will be aired on the Mohegan Sun Arena’s Facebook page and the venue’s website at a date to be announced in August of 2020.
We thank everyone that submitted their nominations, and look forward to sharing the story of these heroes in the coming weeks.
Click the expandable box below to view honorees for each week.
About Amy (courtesy of Lori Kelchner):
Amy is a new RN...But is working on the MSICU at Geisinger Danville....with the COVID patients...as a new RN she is taking care of these COVID patients in the top level of care needed in MSICU GEISINGER Danville... totally front line Nurse.
About Brittney (courtesy of Judith Slagus):
Brittney works for Commonwealth ambulance. She is on the front line responding to emergencies and transporting patients with COVID-19
About Elizabeth (courtesy of Victoria Ziegler):
Working in the ER at Geisinger CMC, Elizabeth was quarantined early on because of a positive exposure. She was determined to be educated on the protection both she and her patients needed. Elizabeth loves her job and always puts her family and patients before herself.
About Jim (courtesy of Krista Gromelski):
Jim Gromelski is a compassionate and caring individual who would go above and beyond to help anyone, whether he knows you or not. He is a loving husband, father, dog dad, uncle/godfather, family-man, and all-around amazing person. He serves as a council member for his neighborhood borough, making sure the town he resides in, has the potential it deserves.
About Karlie (courtesy of Rob Davis):
Caregivers America healthcare worker. Goes from home to home to provide care to individuals in need. Does shopping, cleaning, bathing and picks up pharmacy prescriptions.
About Kathleen (courtesy of Bill Koehler Jr. and Jennifer Melendez):
Kathleen is such an amazing human being and healthcare worker caring for elderly Covid-19 residents at her place of employment. She’s always very positive and brings a smile to anyone’s face. She deserves to be honored for her dedication and hard work during this pandemic. - Bill Koehler Jr.
She works in a nursing home and from day one she has been working on the Covid-19 floor! She is the most caring loving person and she has been working so hard and trying to be safe for her patient and family. She is the best loving nurse ever❤️ - Jennifer Melendez
About Kendra (courtesy of Ginny Clarke):
Kendra Kishbaugh is working full time as CNA at the Berwick Retirement Village (BRV). She is also going to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. During her time at the BRV, she has compassionately cared for many elderly people. Often her bond with her patients is so great that she is called on when actions need to be taken, like bathing, pill taking or going to the dining hall. Her patients trust her. She even attends their funerals. Kendra has a loving spirit and a strong work ethic. During this period of COVID-19, Kendra was ill with the virus and was quarantined. After her quarantine, she began working directly with other COVID-19 patients and became one of the few nurses to engage with an entire COVID-19 wing (26 patients). She has worked double shifts, mainly 2nd and 3rd. She lives and breathes her work and does it with grace and love. Kendra, like all folks who give their heart and soul to their work, deserve a little recognition!
About Kevin (courtesy of Gary Womelsdorf & Tracey Marso):
A sincere and thoughtful pharmacist with CVS-Caremark. - Gary Womelsdorf
Kevin has been a Pharmacist for 30+ years serving the local community and is currently employed at CVS Caremark making sure people have their much needed medications etc. - Tracey Marso
About Kraig (courtesy of Tracy Welsh):
Kraig is a devoted husband and father who has served as a Paramedic in NEPA since 1993. He is extremely loyal to and proud of his career. His calm and unwavering disposition allows him to provide impeccable patient care to the sick and injured.
About Matthew (courtesy of Joseph Gates, Roseanne Gates and Barbara Stephenson):
Matt is the definition of a nurse—caring, committed, dedicated and knowledgeable. He is someone you would definitely want by your side when you are not well. He is a happy person who, in turn, makes people happy. - Joseph Gates
Matt is one of the most devoted nurses I have ever seen. He is caring, knowledgeable, professional, just an all around good person. On local ambulance calls many individuals have asked for Matt. - Roseanne Gates
Matthew is a full time firefighter. On his days off he works at the GWV ER and also the Kunkle fire department on the ambulance. Matthew also does the scheduling for the ambulance. When the pandemic started, Matt said he felt a war was going on and he needed to work as much as he could to do his part. He works very hard. He fills in at Kunkle when shifts can’t be filled because he feels it is his responsibility so that the ambulance is not out of service due to employees not being able to fill the shifts. He is a very caring person and makes sure his patients are well taken care of. Matt is not afraid to get out there and do what he can in any situation. - Barbara Stephenson
About Molly (courtesy of Loni Weller):
My sister is one of the bravest, most selfless people I know. She provides at-home, follow-up care for individuals after they leave the hospital. She goes out of her way to be there for her patients, answering phone calls at all hours, treating their medical needs when possible or connecting them with the proper resources when needed, and overall supporting their well-being. In these uncertain times, she has worked tirelessly to help keep her patients feeling safe by taking extra safety precautions and making sure they can stay at home whenever medical possible.
About Nichole (courtesy of Thomas Kelley):
My wife works for GCMC in Scranton. She is a registered nurse on the Covid-19 unit and has been since all of this started. She has been working hard on the front lines and this would be a great way to celebrate. This prize would be a great mental vacation right in her back yard. Time to unwind and just enjoy this life for awhile. She deserves this for all she does and continues to do.
About Ryan (courtesy of Anita Williams):
Ryan works on the front line of this pandemic, not only risking his life, but those of his family (3 children). He is a dedicated professional taking care of many Covid 19 patients.
About Salvatore (courtesy of Nikki Turpack):
Sal has been a registered respiratory therapist for 20+ years. For those who do not know the important role a respiratory therapist plays in the Covid19 pandemic, we intubate and control the patients breathing on the ventilator, collect blood work and make adjustments to the machine as indicated, we go to situations such as code blues, traumas, labor and delivery, as well as other emergency’s in the hospital. If a patient is short of breath, we are there. He does an exemplary job day in and day out. If a patient is having difficulty breathing he not only uses his extensive knowledge to help the patient breathe easier but is also kind hearted and makes the patient feel safe and at ease during such a difficult time. He is a team player, a patient advocate, and amazing coworker. Our hospital is beyond lucky to have him on our team.
About Tanya (courtesy of David Shotwell and Sandra Barber):
My daughter has worked in healthcare for 20 plus years. She has worked at Riverview ridge assisted living for the past 15 years. She is a dedicated employee and makes sure the residents are taken care of and they get there medication. When she first went into healthcare I said she wouldn’t make it as a nurses aide well she proved me wrong. In 2017 she got the news she had breast cancer but that didn’t keep her down. She worked the whole time going though chemo and she couldn’t wait to go back to work after her surgery. She went for radiation everyday for 6 weeks and would leave work to go over and get radiation then go back and to work for the rest of her shift. - David Shotwell
She has been working in healthcare since she graduated high school in 2000. The last 15 years she has worked at Riverview ridge assisted living making sure residents receive their medication and sometimes as an aide. She is caring and loving always working 16 hours shifts if needed. In 2017 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and worked during her chemo treatments. She would get 5 hours of chemo and the next day be back at work never calls off. - Sandra Barber