ASTON – Neumann University has appointed Dr Theresa Pietsch as Dean of its School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Pietsch succeeds Dr. Kathleen Hoover, who served as the school’s dean for the past 17 years.

Pietsch came to Neumann in 2008 as an assistant professor of nursing and has worked her way up, serving as associate dean of nursing since 2016. In her new role, which began Jan. 10, Pietsch also oversees nursing programs. physiotherapy and sports training from Neumann. .

At Neumann, she taught nursing and mental health research courses in undergraduate and graduate programs. She is also certified in rehabilitation nursing.

According to Dr. Lawrence DiPaolo, Vice President of Academic Affairs, “Dr. Pietsch has served the School of Nursing and Health Sciences in multiple roles and brings a wealth of knowledge both inside and outside the classroom, as well as to the clinical setting.

Nursing has long been Neumann’s most popular major. As of fall 2021, nursing and health science majors make up 34% of the university’s traditional undergraduate population.
Pietsch credits the school’s success to its expert faculty, support staff, and the relationships the university has forged with the region’s excellent healthcare systems.

The new dean of nursing received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Delaware and her master’s in nursing administration and doctorate from Widener University.
To learn more about nursing and health sciences at Neumann University, visit

Crozer Health Announces Gwen Smith Community Service Award

In the spirit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Crozer Health yesterday announced the Crozer Health Gwen A. Smith Award for Community Service.

Gwendolyn Smith, RN, MBA, MS, MSM is a valued member of the Crozer Health family having served for 41 years before her official retirement last June, and she still graciously gives much of her time to help the healthcare system and his community in several ways. Smith has been described as a selfless and dedicated patient and community leader and mentor.

The Gwen A. Smith Community Service Award was created to honor Crozer Health employees, like Smith, who make significant contributions to the community through their time, talent, deeds and dedication. The award recognizes employees’ dedication to community service and improving the lives of others. It will be presented to a deserving Crozer Health colleague each April as part of National Volunteer Week.
The general public and local organizations can nominate a Crozer Health employee for this award. Employees are expected to role model compassion and service and a passion for helping others in the community, especially over the past year. This may include one or more volunteer activities throughout the year. The person must consistently demonstrate leadership, mentorship, social responsibility and be an agent of positive change in others. Nominations for the 2022 award must be submitted by Monday, February 14.

Crozer Health will recognize up to five finalists with one overall winner selected by the awards committee as the award recipient. All finalists will be recognized at an awards ceremony on April 14.
The nomination form for the Gwen A. Smith Community Service Award is available on the Crozer Health website at Any questions can be submitted to [email protected]

The Crozer Health Gwen A. Smith Community Service Award will be presented in April to a deserving Crozer employee. Applications are now being accepted. Gwen Smith worked as an exemplary employee in the Crozer Health System for 41 years before retiring. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Learn how to self-manage your diabetes in a free program

The County Office of Services for the Aged (COSA) and Steps to Healthier Living will present a Diabetes Self-Management Program, 9 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 21-Feb. 25, at the Redwood Community Playhouse, 280 6th St., Upland. The six-week program is for adults 60 and older or their caregivers. A small support group will participate in a series of evidence-based workshops developed at Stanford University. All materials are provided. Led by two trained facilitators, the workshop is free for participants. Everyone will receive the book “Living a healthy life with chronic diseases”.

Sessions will cover how to improve A1C readings, understand the importance of a diabetes control action plan, improve diabetes self-management, understand the value of communication, and how gaining more knowledge about diabetes can improve the life.

Space is limited. To register, contact Ellen Williams at 610-499-1937 or [email protected]

The Segal Puppet Workshop comes to Norwood Church for four weeks

Children and carers are invited to paper puppet workshops at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood in February. The Segal Puppet and Theater Company will guide participants through four weeks of fun starting Saturday, February 6. Participants will build puppets, create scenarios and record puppet shows.

Each 45-minute session will take place at the church on Sunday at 1 p.m. Children must be at least five years old and be accompanied by an adult for each workshop. To register, contact the office at 610-586-5860 or email [email protected] or Pastor Lee at [email protected] The series costs $50 per child or $80 per family for the four sessions.

Delaware County Foundation Announces $8B Grant for Crozer Lung Cancer Patients

The Delaware County Foundation recently announced an $8,000 grant from Ride Hard Breathe Easy to help meet the urgent financial needs of patients receiving lung cancer care at Crozer-Keystone Health System. These funds will provide financial support for patients who need help paying for trips to appointments, utility bills, food, wigs, and more.

“Ride Hard Breathe Easy has allowed us to help ease the financial burden on many patients and families facing lung cancer, said Marie DeStefano, Senior Administrative Director of Oncology. With their support, we can help patients meet their immediate needs and help develop long-term solutions for financial stability. »

Crozer-Keystone Health System is the latest in a series of partnerships that Ride Hard Breathe Easy has entered into, including Temple University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Duke Cancer Center, Einstein Medical Center and Lung Health Services.

Ride Hard Breathe Easy CEO John Matthews founded the nonprofit in 2017, in memory of his mother, Kathleen, who died of lung cancer in 2011. Since then, they’ve raised nearly 600 $000. Matthews added: “We have supported 500 patients in pulmonary care since our inception. There is so much need to provide financial resources to patients facing the number one cancer in the world. Our ability to support lung cancer patients literally brings them to tears.

For more information on Ride Hard Breathe Easy, visit
The Foundation for Delaware County is a public charity founded in 2016. It is the largest philanthropy serving Delaware County. One of 780 community foundations across the United States, the foundation encourages philanthropy by providing effective giving vehicles such as donor-advised funds, charitable annuities, and estate planning advice to generous individuals who want to make an impact in Delaware County and beyond, and serve as a unifier. across sectors to solve difficult community issues such as the need for a county health department.

To learn more, visit the foundation at

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