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Medical leader hailed at Shawnee Inn

Reprinted from The Pocono Record on 10/23/09:


       Doctor Peter Favini, the Medical Director at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg for more than 20 years, shuns the spotlight but his tireless and unselfish service was hailed in a reception at the Shawnee Inn recently. His efforts have guided PMC's Level III Emergency Center that treats all those in need of help, regardless of any differences or financial status.

       The facility treats the critically injured, which includes the tertiary care center that is specially trained to treat critical emergencies such as severe burns, thoracic and/or neurological trauma, or critical illnesses in children. Favini, explains, on the hospital's Web site "Community hospitals in regions with our size population seldom have trauma centers. Even though our population is growing, there are several additional qualifications. Community hospitals usually don't have the resources to meet the criteria to be a Level I trauma center."
       Favini is in perpetual motion, whether treating patients, improving the Emergency Room or being involved with some aspect of volunteerism. For these reasons, friends, family, EMS colleagues, PMC doctors, nurses, staff and many pillars of the community came out for a banquet at The Shawnee Inn honoring the beloved doctor, who is far from retiring.

       According to Debbie Kulick, Community News staff writer and 30-year veteran of the Monroe County EMS as head of the Bushkill EMs, "Before Dr. Favini worked at the hospital, things were a lot different for us. In the past, the EMS workers weren't treated aas a vital part of the patient's care and we would have to drag patients on a gurney through the ER. He has changed all that over the years. He not only encourages participation with the medical staff, he has made the ER greatly more efficient in caring for patients in need of emergency treatment."
       Kulick joined her colleagues in the medical field with a desire to recognize the doctor's positive impact over the years, saying, "We wanted to honor this truly great man, but we new an award just wouldn't fit the bill. So we came up with an idea to have a yearly scholarship in his name. We all felt that he would really appreciate it more."

       The annual scholarship the group created will aid anyone seeking to further their medical training in becoming an EMS paramedic. Kulick concluded, "Once we started planning the dinner to honor Peter, people from all corners of the earth contacted us and wanted to participate."
       The guest of honor listened to the well-wishers while sitting beside his wife, parents and children. Dozens of associates and community leaders spoke of the great impact Favini has made over the years.

       Pennsylvania State Representatives Mario Scavello and John Siptroth conveyed their appreciations as well. Scavello said, "We are very thankful for his work. What he does is a really good thing and it is truly a rare quality." The rare quality the representative was speaking of is that aside from Favini's hours of dedication to the hospital, the doctor waives the fee normally charged to be the ER director. For example, other County Director of emergency services draws an annual salary around $25,000. Favini has never taken any compensation for this in his 20-year tenure at the hospital.
       As the ceremonies concluded, the doctor was inundated with plaques, gifts and heart-felt congratulations. He was even presented with a certificate to create his own custom Nike sneakers, which is his signature footwear. New Balance is his favorite but Nike allows him to design his own style. The ceremony culminated when the honoree was presented a three-dimensional EMS Ambulance cake with the inscription "with great power, comes great responsibility," taken from Favini's favorite comic book hero, Spider-Man. Those powerful words are what Favini continually strives to live by every day.

 

RECENT NEWS:

Middle Smithfield finalizes EMS provider pacts

 Bushkill Emergency remains first due ALS and BLS provider

By LAUREL BISHOW

Community News Writer

March 21, 2008

Middle Smithfield Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved at its monthly meeting on Thursday last week a memorandum of understanding signed by the four companies that will provide emergency services to the township.

Representatives from Bushkill Emergency Corps, Suburban Medical Services, Marshalls Creek Fire Company and Med Mobile in attendance retired to a back room to hash out their final disagreements and emerged united. There are also separate agreements between the providers about billing and other issues. The arrangement will start on April 1 and will run for a six-month trial. During that time, there will be monthly meetings to iron out any problems that arise.

Bushkill Emergency Corps will be the first due advanced life support (ALS) and basic life support (BLS) provider and Suburban EMS second due for ALS. Marshalls Creek Fire Department would provide basic life support vehicles as a BLS second due and Suburban and Med Mobile would complement the network and provide transport services.

The township has operated without an agreement for 10 months after a longterm contract with Bushkill Emergency Corps expired last June.

Supervisor Chairman Scott Schaller said the Monroe County Emergency Control Center will assign BLS providers for secondary calls depending on which organization is available when Bushkill Emergency Corps's resources have been exhausted. "When BEC is back in service for Middle Smithfield Township, they will be dispatched for the next ALS/BLS call from the Control Center," the contract reads.

Furthermore, the contract states that "BEC hereby acknowledges that its first due Advanced Life Support crew does not provide and therefore shall never be unavailable for emergency calls as the result of performing non-emergency transports from a residents, medical facility and/or hospital."

The contract stipulates that each provider maintain each month detailed response statistics to meet the five-minute response minimum as well as "a monthly record of equipment maintenance and service which record shall by supplied to the township upon request."

The contract also said that each emergency provider must present a monthly financial statement and submit to an audit by the township when requested.

"This has not been an easy process," said township Solicitor Jennifer Wise, clearly pleased at their final agreement that involved a $10,000 study and report by two state consultants that ended back at Square 1 with Bushkill Emergency as the lead provider.

Wise noted how hard they all worked to come up with a system that will best provide emergency services to the township. The room exploded in applause in appreciation of the work that the four companies provide every day and for their new agreement.

"They are extraordinary people doing extraordinary things," added Wise.

 

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