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Namedropper 9/23/2018

September 23, 2018

Scranton native

returns for talk

Scranton native Sean T. Granahan will speak at the Century Club about his experience as president and general counsel of New York City’s Floating Hospital.

A graduate of Bishop Hannan High School, Granahan worked at Manhattan Firm, Epstein Becker & Green, where the Floating Hospital was a client. He left the firm in 2003 to work solely for the nonprofit hospital.

The Floating Hospital provides the most basic and critical healthcare needs of thousands of families in New York City that live in family homeless shelters and domestic violence safe houses, according to the organization. It was founded in 1866 just after the Civil War and conducted its main clinic operations on a ship docked at the South Street Seaport until the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. The hospital now serves vulnerable families at its land-based clinics throughout New York City, providing 20 percent of its medical, dental, mental health care, health education and specialty services for free to homeless families, according to the organization.

“All are welcome at our clinic, where we accept most plans, provide cash-based services and treat all regardless of ability to pay or immigration status,” Granahan said. “Every day that we stay afloat is another day that hundreds of New York’s most fragile and overlooked are given an opportunity to experience the best in healthcare.”

The hospital was on the verge of shutting down after its CEO resigned in 2004 but Granahan and the CFO, Stiles Nyerere, appealed to the board for a chance to run the organization.

Granahan and Nyerere grew the hospital from its $5 million budget in 2005 to its $20 million budget today.

Granahan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Granahan of Scranton and Dorothy Thomas of Montrose. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Scranton and his juris doctorate at Quinnipac University.

Granahan will speak Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Century Club, 412 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. The event is open to the public. Those interested in attending should contact the club at 570-342-0204.

High notes

Acclaimed writer Lorene Cary will be honored by the University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library with the 2018 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award.

Cary’s books include her best-selling memoir: “Black Ice,” “If Sons, Then Heirs,” “The Price of a Child,” “Pride” and “FREE! Great Escapes on the Underground Railroad.” Her essays have appeared in publications like Newsweek, Time, Essence and O Magazine. She founded Art Sanctuary to create unique programs for African-American artists, performers and writers in Philadelphia, according to the university.

The award is in honor of the late Rev. Royden B. Davis, S.J., who served in many roles at the University and as rector of the Jesuit Community. The award, established in 1997, honors notable fiction and non-fiction authors and to give them the opportunity to share their literary pursuits and impressions with Northeastern Pennsylvanians.

Mary McDonald is president of the Friends of the Library and Gretchen Welby, Ph.D., is the Distinguished Author Award committee chair and vice president of the Friends of the Library.

The dinner reception is Saturday, Oct. 13, in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the university’s DeNaples Center. Tickets are $60 per person; $55 for Friends of the Library and Schemel Forum members; $25 for students and $20 for student friends members. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund. There will be a book signing open to the public from 4 to 5 p.m.

For more details, or to reserve a ticket for the dinner, contact Kym Fetsko at 570-941-7816 or kym.fetsko@scranton.edu.

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