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George Yanoshik
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The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce and Whitehall Township teamed up to host the Whitehall Heritage Festival, and Patient First was part of the fun. The day celebrated the extensive heritage and history of the Whitehall area, not far from Patient First locations in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA.

Although the temperatures were in the mid to upper 90’s all day with extreme humidity, it was a fun event. In addition to all the family fun available, the event also brought people out to take a look at improvements made to the Grist Mill and Peter Grim property and highlight the new greenways and pathways in the park areas. Live entertainment and food trucks were available all day, too, and more than 50 vendors participated.

A fun added feature to the event included Civil War and Revolutionary War Reenactments and Living History regiments. We are already looking forward to the return of this event next year!

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The “Itty Bitty Hat Parade” at Devon Horse Show & County Fair returned this year, and Patient First was thrilled to be a sponsor once again. This has become a favorite event since it all takes place at the fairgrounds located directly across the street from Patient First’s Devon center.

Patient First staff made things extra fun by hosting a table where children enjoyed special horse-themed coloring sheets, while their moms and dads learned more about Patient First’s model and services.

At the end of the day, a giant hat parade through the Fairgrounds gave the children the opportunity to show off their newly-decorated hats. It was so fun to see them carry the parade banner as they toured the grounds, past the horses and the amusement and food areas. 

As usual, this big event attracted families and children from near and far. Parents were very gracious and happy, and many talked about great experiences they have had at the Devon Center which always make us feel good.

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Wheels of Wayne Car Show Returns in 2022

Radnor Township Parks & Recreation Department in cooperation with the Wayne Business Association brought the 8th Annual “Wheels of Wayne” car show event to downtown Wayne, PA and Patient First was part of the fun again this year as a proud sponsor. 

Mother Nature may have threatened the event with thunderstorms on event day, but organizers decided it would be a “go” and they made a perfect call. We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon for this family-friendly community event which attracted more than 3,000 attendees and presented nearly 100 vehicles – some vintage, others late model – on display. 

With its proximity to our Devon center, this event provided us with a perfect opportunity to talk attendees about the experiences they have had with Patient First, or to learn more about what we do. It was such fun seeing folks enjoying a day out after the pandemic “paused” this event in recent years. 

Everyone waited in anticipation for the announcement of the show’s award winners where a 1948 Cadillac Sedanett won “Best in Show.” Other awards went to “Most Unique,” “Best Muscle Car” and “Best Foreign and Domestic” cars, plus  many more. They even had a pizza contest to identify the “Best Pizza” in the area. The hospitality of downtown businesses along with the many restaurants and food vendors, which were open and available for the day, was outstanding. 

We are already looking forward to returning next year!

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Patient First sponsors YMCA's Healthy Kids Day in Gloucester County, NJ

On April 30, more than 1,400 YMCA locations across all 50 states – plus D.C. and Puerto Rico— hosted events featuring fun games and activities to keep kids moving and learning. We joined the Gloucester County YMCA in Woodbury, New Jersey as a sponsor for their celebration.

For 30 years, Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ mental and physical health, while teaching healthy habits for kids and families, encouraging active play, and inspiring a lifetime love of physical activity. This year was no exception. The mission of the YMCA is to strengthen the community through youth development and healthy-living programs, and Healthy Kids Day having been celebrated for 30 years only enhances those goals. We get to meet some of the nicest people at community events just like this, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.

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Patient First Proudly Supports Youth Sports

Patient First promotes active, healthy lifestyles and one of the many ways we demonstrate this is through our youth sponsorships each year. When sports moms and dads along with their families and friends are out enjoying Little League games throughout the area, they’ll frequently see a Patient First banner on the ballpark fence, or even our name on player jerseys. 

As a sponsor, it is especially great to be invited out to meet and interact with the ball players and their friends and families on a game day. We got to do just that during “Opening Day” activities for the West Deptford, New Jersey Little League near our Woodbury center. As was to be anticipated, there was lots of excitement, commotion and activity among the young ball players, and their families and friends, and it was great fun to be a part of all the energy. 

Folks were so appreciative of our sponsorship, and were excited to say “thank you,” and we were so happy to be there. During the 2022 season we have more than 25 sponsorships in place.

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April is World Autism Month, but Holland Elementary School Champions Students with Special Needs Every Month

Each year, Patient First provides a monetary gift to schools near our centers. In Lower Bucks County Pennsylvania near our Feasterville center, Holland Elementary school used their gift to purchase adaptive physical education equipment. The new equipment is now enabling children with autism and a variety of other special needs to participate fully in gym activities. The school provided a “demonstration day” and invited us out to show us how our gift was put to such good use. They even invited Miss Pennsylvania Meghan Sinisi along to check things out. Meghan is an advocate for children with Autism and the founder of her own 501c3 organization, “From a New Perspective” which provides assistance to families and individuals on the autism spectrum by identifying resources and promoting autism appreciation through educational efforts. We discovered something quite incredible at the school during our visit. They have adopted a “reverse inclusion” model there, where typically developing students are paired with students with special needs to make new friendships, learn compassion, empathy, acceptance and appreciation for diversity. According to Miss Pennsylvania, “this school’s awareness and culture should be a positive example to every school in Pennsylvania and beyond!” We really enjoyed spending time with School Principal Joe MacClay and his incredibly dedicated team of professionals who showed us around, demonstrated equipment and provided opportunities to interact with students directly.

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Wilson Baseball and Softball Coach Says Thanks

"Thank you Patient First! Wilson baseball and softball has had a long relationship with Patient First back to 2017, and we have so appreciated the sponsorship support over the years. I am a coach, and “sports dad” to a Little League, boy (Cayden) and a softball girl (Sofia). My wife and I are keenly aware of bumps and bruises that come with active children, and Patient First has served us well over the years. Although we’d prefer to NOT have to visit for obvious reasons. Five years ago before the start of the baseball season, Cayden had a playground injury, and we thought his excitement about playing ball may have ended for the season before it even started. We took him to Patient First in Wyomissing to be checked out, and sure enough, his arm was broken. That didn’t stop him from playing the season. He was quite a trooper and played with no glove and a cast on his arm. The providers and staff at Patient First took good care of him and couldn’t have been nicer. The kind folks at Patient First even helped us get him referred for a repair of that broken arm which allowed him to play the season with minimal disruption. As a parent and a coach, that has meant so much to me. Thanks again for the support … we’re hoping for a winning season. We are already winners by having organizations like Patient First support youth sports in our community. "  … Dan Kovalchick, Father and Coach
 

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Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade Returns for its 63rd Anniversary Celebration


Although the streets of Allentown had been quiet the past two Saint Patrick's Days due to the pandemic, things changed this year. It was exciting to see the return of so many spirited, happy people along the St. Patrick’s Day parade route, and Patient First was thrilled to be a part of the festivities. Folks in Allentown “got their Irish on” during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and staff from Patient First’s Allentown center joined in the fun. Although the wind was challenging, and the air had more chill than we’d like on parade day, the sun was shining and the spirits were high. Everybody loves a parade, and a little wind and chilly temperatures didn’t dampen the day at all for us or for all who came out to enjoy this great tradition.
It was exciting to be a part of the return of one of the Lehigh Valley’s oldest Irish celebrations, now it its 63rd anniversary year. The parade started with a 5K race, and then circled through Allentown's West End, starting and finishing at the Allentown Fairgrounds. We joined 10 pipe bands and 2,000 marchers from schools, companies, and non-profit organizations from the greater Lehigh Valley. We have already put in an advance order with Mother Nature for warmer, dry weather next year, and we will be excited to return.