LCCC names Health Sciences Center for nurse

(Times Leader) Luzerne County Community College dedicated the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center on Saturday.

Francis Carrozza, of Pittston, recently donated a naming gift for his wife Mary, who died in February. In addition, the school’s nursing and health sciences programs were named for her.

She had been the head nurse and director of the surgical recovery unit at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital prior to her retirement. She was a 1951 graduate of Hughestown High School and a 1954 graduate of the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing.

Her husband saw this an opportunity to honor her, said attorney Patrick J. Aregood, of Hanover Township. “She always had a passion for nursing and always had a passion to lend a helping hand to people,” Aregood said.

The donated funds will be put toward scholarships for students in the college’s nursing and health sciences programs and for future program development.

Classes began at the facility for the 2011 fall semester. Areas of study in the health sciences programs include nursing, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, dental assisting, dental hygiene and emergency medical services.

The expansion of the school and its programs is part of the master plan, said Thomas P. Leary, president of LCCC. He welcomed guests to the dedication of the building at 38 E. Main St.

“Mr. Carrozza’s financial support provides us with both the scholarship funds to help our students afford their education as well as the ability to explore future program development in the health sciences field for many years,” Leary said.

Attorney Barry H. Williams, chair of the community college’s board of trustees, thanked Francis Carrozza for the donation. “We appreciate Mr. Carrozza’s willingness to partner with us as we continue to educate our students to help meet the region’s health care needs,” he said.

The center recently received the 2013 Pride of Place Award for Environmental Enhancement from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.