HONESDALE — Representatives from Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) and Honesdale Borough Council are pleased to announce receipt of a $250,000 grant, aimed to offset the costs associated with their computerized tomography (CT) scanner.

According to a WMH press release, this grant funding is provided through the state Department of Community and Economic Development's (DCED) Monroe County Gaming Local Share Account (LSA).

WMH CEO David Hoff stated in the release, “This represents the best kind of teamwork for the benefit of an entire community. It's important for us as a healthcare provider to constantly update equipment and technology. The Borough helped us do that.”

Honesdale Borough Council Secretary Judith Poltanis noted at council's recent meeting Monday night that the proposal's initial writing was overseen by Juanita Pisano – a former Borough Council member who was the municipality's grant writer at the time – working with WMH Grants & Development Manager Jack Dennis.

Pisano is quoted in the hospital's release stating the Borough was “pleased to see the funds put to good use in our community.”

Honesdale Borough applied for the grant on behalf of WMH.

According to Poltanis, the process took three years to bring to fruition.

Efforts redoubled over the last year or so with much work being put in by Honesdale Solicitor Rich Henry, she added.

“It took the due diligence of our solicitor and our staff here to actually make sure this was taken to fruition,” stated Honesdale Borough Council President Mike Augello at Monday's meeting. “Thank you for doing that.”

As part of the agreement utilizing Honesdale Borough as a passthrough agency, the municipality is entitled to a portion of fees from the grant.

WMH paid the borough $1,500 to administer the required grant audit and an additional $5,000 administration fee.

Poltanis mentioned at the recent borough meeting that Rainey & Rainey CPA firm has been contracted to perform the audit and are waiting on additional paperwork to proceed.

According to a hospital press release, “... CT scans combine X-ray images and use computer processing to create cross-sectional images or slices of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body.”

The release further states CT scans are more detailed than X-rays and their particular machine – a Toshiba Aquilion PRIME CT – allows for faster exams while using the least amount of radiation possible to do so.

—Information from a release was used in this story.