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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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Thank You! 

National Volunteer Appreciation week comes just once a year, and this provides us with a perfect opportunity to recognize and thank Patient first staff who join us at community events. Throughout the year many step away from roles in their center or office to represent Patient First at a variety of events and activities in the community. Organizers work tirelessly to put together events, and when Patient First staff participates in those events, we help to put “unity” in community. Come out see us when we’re at a location near you!

Take me out to the Ball Game is a tune closely associated with baseball, and that is exactly what Patient First recently did for 100 Lehigh Valley area veterans and their families as part of our sponsorship of “Operation Send a Vet” promotion with the Iron Pigs baseball club. Other organizations and businesses joined this promotion on Opening Night of the 2022 season, bringing together 2,500 vets and their families to feel our appreciation of servicemen and servicewomen – whether active duty or retired, in the reserves or national guard. It was such an honor to recognize and thank our veterans in such a public and high profile way. More than 7,000 people came out for the game, despite the rainy weather. We did stay dry for an enjoyable “first pitch” opportunity, and it was a first-of-the-season WIN for the Iron Pigs. So, at the end of the night, everyone was a winner!


Run season is officially here! Patient First was excited to participate in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5k Run on Sunday, April 3. They had 215 runners and 67 volunteers. Children, adults, and even pets participated in the race. They had a full color guard and Sparky the dog mascot to entertain the kids.

Tunnel to Towers is a national organization and they have local chapters in which they raise funds to pay off the mortgage for a first responder or military family.

Patient First was proud to participate and support such a worthy cause.

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Business Expo

Events are back! On Monday, April 11th, over 40 local businesses in the Gaithersburg-Germantown area came together for the Expo Connect; a business expo where businesses and individuals from the community can view the full spectrum of Chamber member businesses. The event offered the community an opportunity to network with local businesses, engage with exhibitors, and discover resources for business growth.

Two nurses from the local Germantown Patient First center were present.

Patient First was excited to attend and looks forward to attending again next year!

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Spring has sprung, and outside activities have begun! The City of Newport News hosted their first annual Spring Eggstravaganza at King Lincoln Park in Newport News, Virginia. From Easter Egg hunts, a petting zoo, bounce houses, to face painting, and a hot air balloon, there were so many things for the kids to do. Even the Easter Bunny made a special guest appearance!  

Patient First was proud to participate in such a fun event that supported the children and families in the community. We look forward to seeing what next year brings!


The Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run tends to bring out several hundred people and their pups.  Despite the chilly and windy weather conditions on Saturday, this year was no different.  The grounds of the Robins Star Humane Center were packed with people and paws that paraded down Hermitage Road for a family fun event that even non-pet owners could love.  

Locals laced up their sneakers and kicked things off with the 5k run, while pups joined later for a one mile walk or jog of their choice. Even the children  participated in a quick sprint down Hermitage Road.  Patient First, a proud supporter of the SPCA and their mission, was excited to be a part of such a great cause.

Play Ball!

It was a chilly and blustery day, but that wind carried with it the promise of the return of the boys of summer, at this year's Bowie Baysox Family Fun Fest!

About 12 hundred people flocked to Prince George's County Stadium in Bowie for a day of fun, games, and anticipation for the 2022 Bowie Baysox season. There were even appearances from team mascots Louie from Bowie, and the Oriole Bird!

Patient First, which staffs and supports the First Aid station at each and every home game, participated in the event welcoming families and fans, and providing information and materials, illustrating our continued commitment to the community.

Good luck to the Baysox, as we look forward to a fun-filled and successful season!

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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


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.