Mary Frances (Marfy) Yanac

Mary Frances (Marfy) Yanac, RN, BSN, believes that the key to success is to possess integrity, to value this quality in your life and live by it. “Being honest and having strong moral principles is so important in the world,” said the clinical director of the Women and Newborn Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

As the clinical director, Yanac believes her greatest responsibility is to care for her patients which she truly enjoys. She assists families from the time of prenatal care to delivery of the newborn, onward to educating the family as they leave to go home with their baby.

She uses core values to deliver care to her patients. They include compassion by showing respect for colleagues and patients by developing plans for staffing; integrity by doing what is right for colleagues and patients by making business and financial development for the departments; collaboration by building an effective team of staff for labor and delivery and the newborn nursery through educational opportunities which drives the staff engagement for excellence; and excellence by focusing on achieving the best outcomes for patients through managing new protocols. “The most satisfaction in my 45-year nursing career is being with the miracle of birth almost every day. Every mom, family, newborn is pure joy!” she explains.

Yanac is an active member of St. Cyril and Methodius Parish; a former member of the Hazleton Area school board; a Girl Scout leader; a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association; and a member of the Luzerne County child death review team. She is also a childbirth educator who teaches labor and delivery classes and newborn care to new parents.

Yanac is a graduate of Bishop Hafey High School and College Misericordia with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Having had many mentors throughout her 45-year nursing career, the registered nurse says her current mentor is Jody Shigo who has helped her to achieve success in her career field.

Yanac has attributed her success to the great support of her parents. “They always taught my 11 siblings and I to be truthful, and that we all needed to work hard to be active members in what we choose for our future,” she said, “They also instilled in me to further my education as well.”

As part of a very close family, Yanac continues to strive to instill the qualities of a positive lifestyle in her children and grandchildren, and is continuously supported by her three children in life choices.

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