Hospital earns high honor St. Mary was one of five in the nation lauded for community health programs.

Posted: August 31, 2003

St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township was one of five hospitals nationwide to earn recognition from the American Hospital Association for a community health program.

The medical center received the NOVA Award this month for working with local agencies to provide outreach services for poor and immigrant families. The services are provided at Bensalem Ministries on Knights Road, which includes the Mother Bachmann Maternity Center, St. Mary Children's Health Center, and St. Mary Family Resource Center.

"We were very excited that a program that honors collaboration was recognized," said Terri Rivera of Langhorne, St. Mary's administrative director of community health services. "Many agencies in the community came together on this. The hospital alone wouldn't be able to provide all the services by itself."

St. Mary Medical Center played the leading role in the partnership, which included Bucks County Catholic Social Services, Vita Education Services, Bucks County YWCA, and the Bucks County Housing Group.

Sharon Reeder of Feasterville is coordinator of the family-resource center. Jill Simon of Northeast Philadelphia is coordinator of the maternity center and children's health center. Ann O'Shea of Morton is vice president of mission and ministries for St. Mary Medical Center.

The president and chief executive officer of the medical center is Greg Wozniak of Newtown.

High school successes

Christian Armstrong, who studied public safety at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in Jamison, won top honors in first aid/CPR at the National Skills USA-VICA Competition this summer in Missouri. Daniel Strohecker, who also attended the technology institute, placed 11th in the criminal-justice contest at the competition.

On their flight to Missouri, the two students relied on their training to administer CPR to a diabetic passenger who lost consciousness. Both students studied public safety with institute instructor John Fala.

Armstrong, who graduated from Central Bucks East High School in Buckingham in June, took a written test and demonstrated emergency medical skills at the national contest. He competed with about 30 students, who were judged on CPR for adults and children and their response to infant choking.

"It was pretty stressful," said Armstrong, who is a volunteer with the Warwick Township Fire Company.

Strohecker faced about two dozen students in the criminal-justice contest. A graduate of Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, he joined the Marines this summer.

Middle school success

Briana Finegan, a student at Holicong Middle School, took seventh place in the National History Day competition for her 10-minute dramatic performance focusing on the American labor movement. More than 80 students competed in her category at the national contest, which took place in June at the University of Maryland.

Finegan, who won first place in the state contest in the spring, was a student in the eighth-grade honors American history class of Rick Knoedler.

Board election

Stephen P. Wetzel of Yardley was elected secretary of the board of directors of the Financial Planning Association of the Philadelphia Tri-State Area, which represents nearly 1,000 members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Wetzel is president of Prometheus Capital Management Corp., a financial, estate and life-planning firm he started in 1994 in Yardley. He also is an adjunct professor of financial planning at New York University, where he earned a master of business administration degree in 1983.

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Public Service

50 Nifty Years at Salford Hills Salford Hills Elementary School seeks community members, former students, staff members to participate in year-long celebration of Salford's 50th anniversary. 610-287-9197.

Bob Hope Memorial Service Center & DAV 117-PA 215-943-7771. In need of working wheelchairs for veterans & disabled individuals in area.

Closet to Closet Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce accepting donations of nearly new clothing for single mothers, women in job-training programs, those re-entering workplace. 215-536-3211. Boutique Tana Kaya, 308 W Broad St, Quakertown. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mons & Tues; 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Weds-Fris; noon-5 p.m. Sats. Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 2170 Portzer Rd, Quakertown. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mons-Fris

Discount Tickets To area zoos, aquariums, amusement parks. Warminster Parks & Recreation, 1101 Little Ln, Warminster; 215-443-5428. Prices vary. Mon-Fris 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works Museum Fundraiser 2003 Special Edition Tile. 130 Swamp Rd, Doylestown; 215-345-6722. $35. 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily.

Neshaminy Manor Call for artists for "Arts for the Manor" (provide weekly art class for residents). 1660 Easton Rd, Warrington; 215-862-3396.

Orchard Artworks 520 Tomlinson Rd, Bryn Athyn; 215-947-9882. Cooperative gallery of artists & craftspeople; opportunities for potter/utilitarian & texile artists. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fris & Sats; 1-4 p.m. Suns.

YWCA of Bucks County's Shared Housing Program Senior homeowners & renters accepted for program; renters' & owners' references checked, criminal check run. 2425 Trevose Rd, Trevose; 215-953-7793.

Volunteer Calls

American Red Cross Lower Bucks Co Chapter seeks volunteers to help with blood drives. American Red Cross/Lower Bucks, 1909 New Rodgers Rd, Levittown; 215-946-4870 ext 103.

Bucks Co Human Relations Council Volunteers needed to assist in promoting diversity, addressing discrimination & referring complaints. 215-579-1836.

Caring Hospice Services Volunteers for Buddy program for terminally ill patients. 400 Commerce Dr, Suite C, Fort Washington; 215-619-7650.

Chandler Hall Health Services Volunteers to assist with clerical work, adult day care trips, aquatic program. Times & days vary. 99 Barclay St, Newtown; 215-860-4000 ext 1375.

Churchville Nature Center Volunteers to help with special events, children's activities, clerical & support work, more. Volunteers ages 13 & up to participate in the Center's Summer Clubs. 501 Churchville Ln, Churchville; 215-357-4005.

Compassionate Care Hospice Volunteers needed to listen, provide friendship & run errand for hospice patients & their families. 3333 Street Rd, Ste 235, Bensalem; 800-584-8165.

Compeer Bucks Co 215-785-2825. Volunteers needed for one-on-one same-gender friendships with adults to foster mental-health recovery.

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Phila Needs volunteers to drive, shop for & visit elderly in City Line Ave, Center City, Northeast & Bucks Co areas. 215-698-9950 ext 112.

Network of Victim Assistance Bucks County Volunteers sought for day or evening staffing of 24 hour crisis hotline. Training provided. 215-348-5664.

Senior Shared Housing Program Reduced rates for those who rent from older adult, help with chores, etc. YWCA of Bucks County, 2425 Trevose Rd, Trevose; 215-953-7793.

Silver Lake Nature Center Seeks volunteers of all ages & time availabilities. 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol; 215-785-1177.

Single Volunteers of Bucks Co Meets Tues at 6:30 p.m. to make new friends & help their community. Tyler State Park, Swamp Rd, Newtown; 215-527-9488.

Special Equestrians Volunteers for non-profit therapeutic riding program for children & adults with disabilites; training provided. 2800 Street Rd, Warrington; 215-918-1001 ext 314. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mons-Sats.

Religion Calendar

Bucks County Metaphysical Study Group Explore meaning of metaphysics in history & contemporary life. Bucks Co Free Library, Yardley Branch, 1080 Edgewood Rd, Rm 3, Yardley; 215-208-1200. 7:30-8:30 p.m. 3d Weds.

Grace Presbyterian Church 444 Old York Rd, Jenkintown; 215-887-6117. Sun Services: informal service (8:30 a.m.); service in the Sanctuary (10:30 a.m.). Junior High Youth Fellowship (5:30 p.m.). Senior High Youth Fellowship (7 p.m.). Choir rehearsals: Chancel Choir (7:30 p.m. Thus). Cherub Choir; ages 4-6 (9:20 a.m. Suns). Chapel Choir (9:20 a.m. Suns). Junior Bell Choir; grades 3-6 (5:30 p.m. Thus). Senior Bell Choir (6:30 p.m. Thus). Adult education classes. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Suns. Call for other programs.

Old York Road Temple - Beth Am 971 Old York Rd, Abington; 215-886-8000. Lincow Institute for Adult Jewish Studies: biblical & rabbinic studies, modern Jewish history. 7-9 p.m. Tues. Torah Study. 9 a.m. Sats. Hebrew Literacy. 9:30 a.m. Suns. Minyanim. 7 p.m. Weds, 9 a.m. Suns. Children's religious school. Grades K-6: 9:30 a.m.-noon Suns; grades 4-6: 4-6 p.m. Tues. Confirmation Academy; grades 7-10. 7-9 p.m. Tues. Lunch & Learn: study & discussion grp series; bring lunch. Noon-1:30 p.m. Mons. Call for other programs.

Pebble Hill Church 320 Eddison-Furlong Rd, Doylestown; 215-348-3428. Suns: quiet meditation (9-10 a.m.); celebration (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Study & Support Groups: Course in Miracles (7:30 p.m. Thus); Community Drum Circle (8 p.m. 2d Fri of month); Gay & Lesbian Spiritual Voices of Bucks Co (7 p.m. 3d Fri of month); Emotions Anonymous (7 p.m. 1st & 3d Mons of month); Sacred Sound Circle (8 p.m. 3d Wed of month). Call for other programs including School of Sacred Ministries weekend courses.


Business Over Breakfast Monthly meeting. D'Youville Manor, 1750 Quarry Rd, Yardley; 215-953-7793. $15. 8-9:30 a.m. 1st Mon of month. Reservation required.

Eastern Pennsylvania Gaming Society Game Club Saturdays with board games, military & strategy games, railroad, economic & family games. Oxford Valley Mall (Community Rm, Rte 1, Langhorne; 610-541-0712 or 610-265-1768. $2. 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 3d Sat of month & 1st Sat even-numbered months.

Memoir Writers Group Borders, 2343 E Lincoln Hwy, Langhorne; 215-946-8524. 7-9 p.m. Weds.

Military/Korean War Veterans Association Bucks County group. Jewish War Veterans Post 697, 1425 Woodbourne Rd, Levittown; 215-946-0720 or 215-757-6144.

7-9 p.m. 1st Thu of month.

Military/Women Bux-Mont Women Veterans meets. Willow Grove Naval Air Station (Pitcairn Club), Rte 611, Willow Grove; 215-855-9328 or 215-887-2153.

11:30 a.m. 1st Sat of month.

Newtown Camera Club Church of God's Love, Rte 332, Newtown; 215-672-4598. 7:30 p.m. 1st & 3d Thu of month.

Pa Delaware Valley Wood Carvers' Assn Monthly meeting. Neshaminy Activity Center, 1842 Brownsville Rd, Trevose; 215-757-2152. 7:30 p.m. 1st Thu of month.

Simplicity Circle Group discusses reducing environmental damage by getting out of "consumerism loop." Audubon Visitor Center, 2877 Creamery Rd, Solebury; 215-297-5880.

Sons of Italy Ombra d'Italia Upper Bucks County Lodge meets. Belle Haven, 1320 Mill Rd, Quakertown; 215-529-5767. 7 p.m. 2d Fri of month.

Toastmasters Doylestown group meets. B Maxwell's Restaurant, 37 N Main St, Doylestown; 215-348-2700. 6:30 p.m. 1st & 3d Tues of month.

Bucks Co Romance Writers Buckingham Police Station, Rte 413, Buckingham; 215-646-8425. 7:30 p.m. 1st Wed of month.

Seminars & Classes

Autism Spectrum Resource Center 14 S State St, Newtown; 215-860-3743. $30 per workshop.

CPR & First Aid Classes Holy Redeemer Hospital, 1648 Huntingdon Pike, Meadowbrook; 800-818-4747. Registration required.

Doylestown Art League Holds art classes & workshops at various locations. 215-257-7190. Call for times, prices. Registration required.

Doylestown School of Music 263 N Main St, Doylestown; 215-340-0644. Offers courses in music, art, acting, modeling & photography. Call for schedule & fees.

Middletown Twp Recreation Dept 215-750-3890. Cardio Fitness classes. Mons, Thus & Sats. Yoga classes. Thus. Call for for fees, times, locations. Registration required.

*FREE* Parenting Resource Center St Mary Medical Center, Langhorne-Newtown Rd, Langhorne; 215-750-5976. Play & Share. 10-11 a.m. Thus. Registration required.

Writers Room of Bucks County 4 W Oakland Ave, Doylestown; 215-348-1663. Call for times, fees.

Business Seminars

*FREE* Business Seminars Brown Bag lunch programs for women. Bucks County Community College (Rollins 118A), 275 Swamp Rd, Newtown; 215-968-8015. Noon-1 p.m.

Middletown Twp Recreation Dept 215-750-3890. Call for times, fees, locations. Registration required.

*FREE* Women's Networking Roundtable Personal finance workshops. Heritage Conservancy's Aldie Mansion, 85 Old Dublin Pk, Doylestown; 215-230-9198. Financial Fitness & Strategies for Success. 9/10. Taking Control of Your Financial Future. 9/17. 6 p.m. Registration required.

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