ARE YOU A GIVER OR TAKER?

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“It’s been my experience in life and in business that people come in only three basic varieties,” said Scott, an entrepreneur who started with a truck and a tool box to become a successful contractor and real estate developer. “There are givers, takers and those who fall in the middle with qualities of both. These people represent different mixtures of positive and negative energies, and understanding how those energies work – both with others and within ourselves – can make our lives at work and at home a lot easier.”

Scott, author of The Joe Dial (www.friendesha.com), has placed all the qualities that make up those energies into a simple, readable graphic tool – what he calls The Joe Dial – that measures them and gives us a starting place to adjust our own lives accordingly. His definitions of the three kinds of people are reasonably detailed, but a simple overview of them includes:

Givers –

These people are typically honest and sincere and have a driving concern for the world and everyone in it. Givers feel a responsibility to treat everyone with dignity and respect. They see it as their duty to leave the world in better shape than they found it. The danger for people who are primarily givers is that they tend to be easily taken advantage of by takers. The pure giver often fails to assess a situation to ensure their best interests are being protected. They don’t truly understand the taking mentality and do not realize there is a whole class of people out there eager to take everything givers are willing to give, and then some.

Takers –

Keep in mind that taking in and of itself is not a bad thing. We must all have a bit of taker in all of us if only to afford others the opportunity to be givers. Moreover, takers are not necessarily bad people. They’ve simply been raised to be takers by having been given too much as they were growing up. For instance, a fourth generation welfare recipient has been given no other model but taking. Pure takers’ entire orientation in life is one of receiving, of trying to maximize the gain in every situation. A true taker operates out of a position of fear, always assuming there won’t be enough to   go around, always strategizing so he gets his share and more.

Taker-Givers or T&Gs –

These folks strike a balance between taking and giving, and generally have developed a set of instincts about when to give and when to take. As a rule, they don’t want to take advantage of anyone, nor do they want to be taken advantage of by takers. Courtesy is both extended and expected in return. Some key characteristics include:

  • They let you pay for lunch one day but insist on paying the next time.
  • They are able to both lend help as well as ask for help.
  • They listen and talk in roughly the same measure.
  • They carry their weight on a team, but don’t allow themselves to be used.
  • They’re not excessive with either lending or borrowing.
  • They clean up their own messes.

“In my estimation, about 70 percent of us fall into that T&G category to some extent or another, with the other 30 percent split evenly between givers and takers,” Scott added. “By recognizing these elements and trying to practice the principles of giving and taking in equal measure, you can revolutionize your own workspace no matter what position you may have. The positivity will ripple outward, changing not only yourself, but the people around you.”

About Joe Scott

Joe Scott is a contractor and real estate developer who has negotiated thousands of business deals involving corporate executives, homeowners, bankers, laborers and union officials. He has hired, and been hired by, people from all walks of life. It is from that experience that he draws his experience for his ideas in The Joe Dial.

LAUGHS, DANCING, FOOD

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Winter is here and so is the fun! There’s so much to do in Hawley, PA over the winter. Settlers Hospitality, which includes The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort and the Hawley Silk Mill, has a line up of great events for locals and visitors alike.

February is a month of love in Hawley! Start off the month with Be My Valentine Cooking Class in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill with the Mill Market Bakery. Make your own tartlet with the one you love. What goes well with love? Laughter! Check out the annual Valentine’s Dinner Theater at The Waterfront at Silver Birches Feb. 9th, 10th & 11th featuring the world premiere of, “Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses” the newest play by Michael & Susan Parker performed by the Ritz Company Players. Looking for a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day itself? Check out The Settlers Inn for a farm to table delectable meal or head over to Glass-wine.bar.kitchen for a special menu made for two. Reservations are suggested for these highly popular Valentine’s events.

Presidents’ Day Weekend you can grab a delicious farm to table brunch Sunday Feb. 18th or Monday Feb. 19th at The Settlers Inn. There is also a Jazz Supper Club with the Robert Kopec Trio on Feb. 18th at The Settlers Inn and another delectable farm to table meal. Reservations are suggested for both events.

Dust off your dancing shoes and check out Ballroom Dancing on the lake at The Waterfront at Silver Birches. New this year, the event will include a dance instructor to help with pointers and The Little Big Band playing great swing, salsa, cha chas and more. Tickets are $20/Person and reservations are suggested.

Hungry? Bring your appetite to the Chili & Wing Cookoff, Sunday March 4th at the Waterfront at Silver Birches. The event benefits the Chamber of the Northern Poconos and features the area’s best wings and chili. $20 per person gets you in to this fun family friendly event. There will also be live music in the pub and a beer tasting on the deck.

Do you believe in magic? John Cerbone will have you believing at the hypnotist show at The Waterfront at Silver Birches on March 9th. Tickets are $20 a person.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up fast, and you can get ready with the “What Do I Cook with all this Beer?” cooking class in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill. This great new cooking class offers up a four course dinner and demonstration incorporating all that St. Patrick’s Day beer into amazing food. St. Patrick’s Day weekend Glass-wine.bar.kitchen has Irish specials March 16th, and The Settlers Inn offers Irish inspired specials March 18th.

Another great new event this year is Sushi week at Glass-wine.bar.kitchen. Yes, sushi! Chef Travis will create sushi specials daily Wed. March 21st through Sunday March 25th.

March rounds out with another Comedy Night at The Waterfront at Silver Birches, March 23rd. A great night out for only $20 a person. An added bonus for comedy night is if you dine at any of the Settlers Hospitality restaurants the week leading up to Comedy Night, you will receive a $5 off coupon. That includes The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Glass-wine.bar.kitchen and The Settlers Inn.

Beat cabin fever with Settlers Hospitality this winter at The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort & The Hawley Silk Mill.

Save the date for this year’s Wally Wine Fest April 14th & 15th!

For more information, check out TheSettlersInn.com, LedgesHotel.com, SilverBirchesResortPA.com or HawleySilkMill.com or call any of the front desks for assistance. 570.226.2993/570.226.1337/570.226.4388

About Settlers Hospitality

Settlers Hospitality is a family run hospitality group in Hawley, PA consisting of The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort, The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Glass-wine.bar.kitchen, Cocoon Coffeehouse, Lake Region Fitness, The Mill Market, & Art on the Edge.

FOR THE LOVE OF COMMUNITY & HEALTH

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By Allison Mowatt

Driving past Wayne Memorial Hospital, it is evident massive construction is underway.  Back hoes, cement trucks, huge steel pilings and pipes abound.  This is Phase Two of the hospital’s Master Facilities Plan—a new patient tower, expected to house 50 private rooms.

Changes and additions have been underway for some time.  Inside the hospital, administrators, staff and patients are thrilled with recent upgrades such as a brand new expanded chemotherapy unit and the recent designation of a Level IV Trauma Center.

According to Lisa Champeau, Public Relations manager for Wayne Memorial Health System, the chemotherapy treatment center now features both private and semi-private infusion units, giving patients a choice, which is a positive improvement, as well as a new ceiling, floors, and walls. The wound care area is also being expanded and relocated to meet ongoing program needs and provide more convenience to patients.

WMH4All the new and enhanced services implemented at the hospital are designed to offer care closer to home.  When a person is sick or injured, minutes usually count—the faster to treatment, the higher the chance for a good outcome.  That’s one reason WMH applied for a Level IV trauma designation. “Since November 1 of last year, we’ve been authorized and able to treat more accident and injury victims quicker and more efficiently,” said Hospital CEO David Hoff.

Phase One is complete with a helipad, 80 additional parking spaces and a cardiac catheterization lab (The Heart & Vascular Center). Most importantly, administrators say, lives were saved at Wayne Memorial Hospital in 2017 that might not have had the same chance two years ago. According to Champeau, from February-October, the helipad was utilized about 50 times, and from June 2016—November 2017, the cath lab treated 500 patients, at least ten percent in the throes of a life-threatening heart attack.

WMH3Behind the construction for the 85,000 square foot patient tower, Wayne Memorial administrators say, are significant community concerns. “The plan focuses on patient satisfaction and privacy, parking, technology and infrastructure upgrades,” explained John Conte, Director of Facility Services and Real Estate, “but during the actual construction, parking was expected to pose some challenges.”

The hospital moved its patient parking to across the street from the front entrance “for safety purposes,” Champeau said, “away from the construction.”   To complement this, Champeau added, “We set up a security guard system to assist patients and visitors crossing the street. The guard helps make sure traffic stops, as it should, so people can cross safely.  We also have wheelchairs available for those who need them.“

There have been some slight setbacks with construction, but Champeau said workers and administrators incorporated a revised design for the foundation due to groundwater issues and it’s back on track.

Construction1-4-18 (25)The new patient tower is being built out from the current outpatient services entrance and above the parking garage which leads to the second floor, where the chemotherapy unit is located. Vehicles will be able to be driven underneath the tower, and a few more parking spaces will open up. Three floors are planned, with private patient rooms on the first two floors and shell space for future expansion on the third floor.

Private, single-bed, patient rooms are a trend in hospitals now primarily because they reduce the potential for infection, according to Champeau.  “They also enhance communications between patients and their clinical team and reduce noise.”  The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

Champeau noted that community feedback for its Major Facilities Plan has been largely positive. “We’re very grateful the community has supported us and our projects.”

The Plan is expected to cost approximately $35 million when it’s completed.  Much of the funding is coming from government-backed loans.  Hoff added, however, that “we are exploring many options for funding for enhancements to our project that will keep quality healthcare and Wayne Memorial viable for the future for our community.”

WMH2Champeau explained that the new floors in the patient tower will also incorporate new technology. The hospital is currently looking at a state-of-the-art call bell system with expansion capabilities—the Rauland Responder 5, for example— that will expedite response time and reduce noise.   Also, patient registration and changing areas will be improved for better patient privacy.  Existing three and four south nursing units will most likely be utilized for different services (as yet undecided).

WMH also recently implemented tele-neonatology for hi-risk infants born at WMH.  Through tele-neonatology, staff has 24/7 virtual contact with neonatology experts from Lehigh Valley Hospital.   The hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites, which offers delivery via an obstetrician or a certified nurse midwife, saw close to 500 births in 2017.

Plans also include renovating the cafeteria to make it a more meditative relaxing atmosphere for patients and visitors. A wall mural depicting a local landscape and historical photos will grace the main wall and special lighting will be affixed to the ceiling to enhance the atmosphere further.  In addition, the Behavioral Health offices in the Stourbridge Mall are expanding and should be completed this summer.

Although WMH is non-profit, the hospital pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes annually on most if not all of its properties except the main campus.  “We are part of the community, too,” said Champeau. “We benefit from many of the same services such as police protection offered by the municipalities in which we are located.  We are more than happy to support the community we serve medically. ”

Since 2005, WMH has become a certified Primary Stroke Center, upgraded its state-of-the-art computerized tomography (CT) equipment and expanded the emergency room to accommodate 28,000 patient visits a year. Wayne Memorial Health System also spun off its primary care, behavioral health, dental and women’s health services when those services received an independent designation as a “federally qualified health center” (FQHC).  This is now Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC), which since its inception in 2007, has grown to encompass more than 13 offices and 200 employees.  Most recently, the area’s two largest primary care practices, Highland Physicians in Honesdale and Pinnacle Health Partners in Tafton became part of WMCHC.

The hospital’s service area has been growing with its own expansion, mostly of outpatient services such as lab (blood draws) into new localities.  It now serves approximately 100,000 people across Wayne and Pike counties and the Upper Delaware Region of New York and another 8,000 more in the Greater Carbondale area in Lackawanna County and Forest City in Susquehanna County.

And today, a new patient tower is on the horizon.  It should open shortly before Wayne Memorial Hospital celebrates its 100th birthday in 2020.

For more information, visit www.wmh.org.

5 STEPS TO WOWING YOUR LADY

How will your 2018 Valentine’s Day be remembered? Good, bad, or, worse yet – indifferent!?

Fear not – there is a way of attaining the best outcome this Feb. 14, which is just around the corner.

Abandon old traditions and do something to sweep her off her feet with these five steps:

oneBefore the big day, drive her wild with anticipation by telling her that you have the most amazing surprise for her. This promise will keep her guessing and make her think about your evening.

twoKnow her favorite flowers. If you don’t, don’t panic. You can find out by making a comment, like “I’ve noticed plants blooming early this year …” and steer the conversation from there. In a beautiful vase, arrange an exotic bouquet and hide it somewhere in your home on the special day. She’ll like that you created the presentation.

threeGo to your local chocolate shop and select her favorite kinds of chocolate. Have it boxed and nicely wrapped to prevent her from knowing what it is when you present the chocolates to her.

fourCreate a dish and name it after her. For example, if her name is Anne, you might call the dish “Tournedos Princess Anne.” This step is the most important. I can assure you that after having spent time in some top-notch restaurants, food that is named after a person is a special honor. We all know how women love it when their men do the cooking. What I do is cut and precook the vegetables, and I even make the sauce beforehand to make sure I get it as perfect as I can. Leave everything in the fridge. Then, on Valentine’s Day, I set the table before I start the cooking part. On both plates, place a fresh RED ROSE. The single rose is just part of making her think that is all the flowers she will be getting (but we know differently). When she gets home, make sure to get her to promise you she’ll stay out of the kitchen. Tell her not to spoil the surprise!

fiveWhen everything is ready, plate the food, cover it and take it to the dining table, and then ask her to come and sit. Before you uncover the lid, have her close her eyes. Retrieve the hidden bouquet, place the flowers on the table, and ask her to open her eyes. Pay attention to how she responds. Tell her what you’ve named the dish.

But that’s not all – after the meal, take her by the hand, walk her to the living room and sit her down. Bring out the boxed chocolate, go on one knee and tell her, “This is for you,” or, “You make me feel whole,” or, “You are the most beautiful woman in the world and I love you.”

Overkill? – Not at all. Remember, you don’t have to know why this works, but only that it does work.

About Ernest Quansah

Ernest Quansah (www.relationshipadviceforsuccess.com) is a love relationship success expert with more than a decade of experience. He is the president of Relationship Advice for Success, and founder of Online Dating, Relationship, and Marriage School (ODRMS). After much research and experience with heartache – divorce, breakups and the devastating consequences – he has discovered the keys to finding and maintaining meaningful, long-lasting romantic relationships. He is also the author of Do’s and Don’ts of Relationships: Nine Steps to a Deeper, Richer Love Relationship, 2nd edition.

February 2018 Issue

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FOR THE LOVE OF COMMUNITY & HEALTH

Driving past Wayne Memorial Hospital, it is evident massive construction is underway.  Backhoes, cement trucks, huge steel pilings and pipes abound.  This is Phase Two of the hospital’s Master Facilities Plan—a new patient tower, expected to house 50 private rooms.
Read full article here

5 STEPS TO WOWING YOUR LADY

F ear not – there is a way of attaining the best outcome this Feb. 14, which is just around the corner.  Abandon old traditions and do something to sweep her off her feet with these five steps.
Read full article here

ARE YOU A GIVER OR A TAKER?

“It’s been my experience in life and in business that people come in only three basic varieties,” said Scott, an entrepreneur who started with a truck and a tool box to become a successful contractor and real estate developer. “There are givers, takers and those who fall in the middle with qualities of both.”
Read full article here

LAUGHS, DANCING, FOOD

Winter is here and so is the fun! There’s so much to do in Hawley, PA over the winter. Settlers Hospitality, which includes The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort and the Hawley Silk Mill, has a line up for great events for locals and visitors alike.
Read full article here