Regional Hospital of Scranton conducted a Cardiac Health Fair in town last week to allow staff members to introduce themselves to the community and showcase some of the services offered at the hospital.

Regional Hospital of Scranton conducted a Cardiac Health Fair in town last week to allow staff members to introduce themselves to the community and showcase some of the services offered at the hospital.
Elaine Walker, Director of Cardio-Pulmonary Services, coordinated the health fair, which was held at the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.
"One lady at the event told me that she was so happy to meet all of us there that day, because now she'll feel a lot more comfortable coming to Scranton for the care she needs," Walker related. "That made me feel great, because it was the very reason that we were there."
"We were really thrilled to be in Carbondale," she added.
Gordon Travis, Director of Surgery, stated that this was Regional's second Cardiac Health Fair. He said the first one was conducted at the hospital in April, and then the staff felt that Carbondale would be an ideal location for the second.
"Regional is known as 'The Heart Hospital,' so we had a number of different heart-related stations set up," he explained. "With Marian Community closing here in town recently, we wanted to show the residents of Carbondale what we have to offer — and let them know it's all a mere 10 miles away."
Local residents who attended the health fair were able, among other things, to get their cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure checked, and sample any of a variety of heart-healthy foods served by dietitian Marissa Bertram.
Representatives from other hospitals which are part of Commonwealth Health, a network of eight area hospitals (including Regional), were also on hand for the event.