Pocono Medical Center Celebrates Veteran’s Day with Annual Luncheon

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East Stroudsburg, PA (November 11, 2016) – Pocono Medical Center held its annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon to honor those who serve, fought and continue to fight for our nation.

Guests of the luncheon included State Representatives Rosemary Brown and David Parker as well as guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel Laura McHugh. LTC McHugh began her career by enlisting into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PAARNG) in 1986 and held numerous positions throughout her 30-year career including deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1.

She is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals. LTC McHugh now serves as 213thRegional Support Group Commander of the PAARNG located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

In addition, Alma Ruiz-Smith, Coolbaugh Township Supervisor, presented Pocono Health System President and CEO, Jeff Snyder, with the donation of a flag from the 1st Battalion of the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade Iraq that had been flown in an area designated as a combat zone by the Armed Forces of the United States of America. This flag was flown on Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Balal, Iraq on March 18, 2008.

As the third largest employer in Monroe County, Pocono Medical Center proudly employs over 70 employees and volunteers of military status comprised of active, reserve, and veteran.

Pocono Medical Center (PMC) is a non-profit, nationally recognized hospital that has served the region for over 100 years. PMC has three comprehensive healthcare centers located in Bartonsville, Tobyhanna, and Brodheadsville, and 21 primary and specialty care physician practices. PMC has one of the busiest and most-experienced emergency departments in the state with a fully-accredited Level III Trauma Center, Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and Hip and Knee Program. Backed by the region’s most robust team of over 230 physicians and providers, PMC offers a full continuum of care from clinical and acute care services to specialized services such as the state-of-the art cancer center and comprehensive cardiovascular care. PMC and the Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice both received a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ranking PMC in the top 20% in the nation. PMC also serves as a designated, regional leader in safety as one of only 33 hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group and as recipient of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Award. For more information or to learn more, please visit our website at poconohealthsystem.org.

Lieutenant Colonel Laura McHugh at Pocono Medical Center’s Veteran’s Day Luncheon
Lieutenant Colonel Laura McHugh at Pocono Medical Center’s Veteran’s Day Luncheon
From left: Alma Ruiz-Smith, Coolbaugh Township Supervisor; Jeff Snyder, President and CEO of Pocono Health System
From left: Alma Ruiz-Smith, Coolbaugh Township Supervisor; Jeff Snyder, President and CEO of Pocono Health System

 

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