First National Community Bank provides support for Department of SLP

The funding is used for the Speech-Language and Hearing Center.
First National Community Bank recently presented Misericordia University with a check from funds made available in 2012 by the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program that earmarks funding for educational improvement programs.

The funding is utilized by the Misericordia University Department of Speech-Language Pathology to provide innovative educational programs for school students in kindergarten through third grade. Some of the EITC funding is also used by the low-cost Speech-Language and Hearing Center to purchase cutting edge equipment to be used to assess and treat students.

“The funds will be used in support of our speech-language and hearing clinic where we will combine our capable faculty and graduate students with the latest technology to help youngsters with speech-and-language disorders to do well in school and in life,” said Misericordia University President Michael A. MacDowell. “We are pleased that First National Community Bank has chosen to support Misericordia and the children we serve in this way.”

The Misericordia University Department of Speech-Language Pathology has been providing clinical opportunities to regional clients since 2003 in the Speech-Language and Hearing Center in John J. Passan Hall. To date, more than 2,500 children and adults have been treated at the clinic by students and faculty members. Faculty and students in the program have treated and improved the functional capacity of youngsters diagnosed with stuttering, autism, PDD, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, speech and language delays, apraxia, hearing impairment, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, and other conditions. Because of financial hardship or lack of clinical resources, some clients visit the center from as far away as 2½ hours away to access the specialized, low-cost services.

For more information about the services the center offers for children, adolescents and adults, please call (570) 674-TALK or log on to For more information about Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 academic majors on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.


First National Community Bank (FNCB) recently presented a check to the Misericordia University Department of Speech-Language Pathology in support of its programs that support school children. Participating in the ceremonial check presentation, from left, are Michael A. MacDowell, president, Misericordia University; Patrick J. Barrett, senior vice president, FNCB; Joseph D. Angelella, vice president, FNCB, and Katherine Totino, grants and research manager, Misericordia University.