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Senior Center/Nutrition Program/Organization Name
Rose Tucker Center
128 W. Washington St., Nanticoke, PA 18634
Senior Center and Nutrition Program Success Stories
In January of 2009 the then Nanticoke Senior Center, after twenty five years
of being in the same location, relocated to a new area in the lower level of the
Mercy Special Care Hospital, Nanticoke, PA. Beside the move and relocation the
Director who was there for twenty five years and the Assistant Director of ten
years both retired the same time as the move of the center.
Rose Tucker Center is the first in Luzerne/Wyoming Counties that is in
partnership with a hospital. We stress nutrition, health and wellness. We have
the privilege and cooperation of the Mercy Special Care Hospitals various
department coming to the center to speak on different topics which are very
informative and geared toward the senior's health and wellness. Many members own
physicians are located in the facility which is convenient for them. They can
have lab work or X-Ray's done if needed. Hospital staff is always helpful and
cooperative to members and staff. Lunch menu's along with monthly calendars are
distributed in the outpatient waiting area of the hospital.
Exercise classes have plenty of safe and walking areas both inside and outside
of the hospital. Staff is kept informed on any public medical issues by being
able to attend hospital staff meetings.
In March of 2009 the center was renamed Rose Tucker Center in honor of Rose
Tucker who at one time was a commissioner in Luzerne County and a great advocate
for the seniors and the centers. There was an Open House and a ribbon cutting
ceremony in which Rose Tucker herself was present. Those who attended enjoyed
entertainment, food favors, and prizes. Many commissioners, congressmen and
people throughout the community attended the open house which in turn brought in
some new members throughout the community as well as those that had not been to
the center in awhile renewing their membership. Those in attendance were also
made aware of the many programs and activities such as our bus trips we offer
and were pleased what they saw and heard.
The move was a challenge due to it being a central location in the city and
there are three high rise apartments close by. Members were reluctant to the
change, but with our announcing in the local newspapers on what events and
activities and fund raisers such as bus trips, hoagie sales, in the future a tag
sale, bake sales and entertainment and the various departments within the
hospital offer, the move has been a success.
It is now a year and a half later and we are in the new location and new center
with a new Director and Assistant Director. Our previous members, our new
members, our volunteers and all involved because of their dedication and
commitment to their center.
Time and Manpower
There was much time and manpower involved due to the move.
Luzerne County Community College, Floral shops, Bakery, Mercy Special Care
Hospital, flyers, newspaper.
People 60 years of age and older.
Mercy Special Care Hospital, Luzerne County Community College
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