OVH s th Annual K A Community Event For the Hill of It
Nothing brings a community together like a common challenge. This May, we’ll see yet again how hard Western Pennsylvania residents can push themselves at the 34th Annual Ohio Valley Hospital/Kennedy Township 5K. What began as an annual 10K, organized by Kennedy Township back in 1981 as part of the Township’s Fourth of July celebration, turned into a race half as long (a 5K!).
But what was lost in kilometers has been more than made up for in other ways. The rising popularity of the race in the 80’s led Kennedy Township to join forces with Ohio Valley Hospital, according to the hospital’s President and CEO, David Scott.
“As the event grew too big and too complicated, the Township was looking for a partner to help them with its organization. That’s how we became involved.”
Last year, 165 people registered for the Ohio Valley Hospital/Kennedy Township 5K, which now bears the tagline “For the Hill of it.” And if you get a glimpse of the 5K’s challenging course, it’s easy to see why. Runners start out downhill, in front of the hospital, and then continue uphill to McKees Rocks Road. They proceed to venture out on Pine Hollow Road before heading back up to the hospital. The finish is no walk in the park — the final ascent back to OVH is regarded as the hardest hill of the race.
The difficulty of the course, according to OVH’s Director of Marketing and Communications, and Race Director Megan Eaton, is one way the event brings the Kennedy Township, McKees Rocks, and Coraopolis communities together. “Because of the course’s longevity and level of difficulty, we get ‘true’ runners who routinely compete in other tough courses across Western PA.”
In addition, hospital staff, their friends, and family are also frequent participants in the 5K. OVH’s Physical Therapy department has a group that runs the race every year. Dr. Gary Sauer, a Family Practice physician and member of the OVH Board of Directors, is a perennial participant in the race.
“Supporting the hospital is a good cause,” says Dr. Sauer. “The course is challenging, usually good weather, and a good turnout. Nice Race!”
Several other employees, including CEO David Scott, also participate; with many bringing along their friends and families. Kennedy Township volunteers help out with registration, and on the course.
But OVH’s annual 5K is clearly about more than just the race. The event is preceded by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. A D.J. keeps the mood light while playing the runners onto the course. And throughout the 5k, you get a sense of the large outpouring of support from the community.
“We’ve got nursing students, staff and volunteers ringing cowbells and cheering them on up and down the course,” says Eaton. “We have people taking pictures everywhere, which is a fun memento.”
The race also attracts a large field of walkers; community members who take to the race course in solidarity with their neighbors, and for the health benefit the 5k provides. After the race, there is always an after party, which features a ton of food and of course, a reprise from the D.J.
And all along the way, Kennedy Township’s Police, Fire, and EMS departments are there to make sure everything goes smoothly, including Police Chief Anthony Bruni, who always drives the pace car. Eaton adds, “The great thing about our race is that it truly is a community event.”
Interested in running the 2015 OVH 5K “For the Hill of It?”? You can find more information by clicking here.
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Save The Date! 34th Annual Ohio Valley Hospital 5k Run & Walk
May 16th, 2015
Save The Date! Our 34th Annual Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5k will be taking place on Saturday, May 16th, 2015. More than 150 runners turned out last year “for the hill of it” to compete on our challenging course. You can register your spot for 2015 online here!!!!
OVH’s 2014 Race featured some great competition!
Our Top 3 Overall Men’s Runners:
For a complete list of the running times, check out the Miles of Smiles race time website.
If you want to see more pictures from the day, please check out our Facebook Page
Ohio Valley Hospital Proudly Celebrates
A Toast to the Community
th Annual Golf Fundrive
Thank you to those who attended our 29th annual Golf Fundrive. The day at Allegheny Country Club was a great success! We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Sixth Annual Diabetes Day
OVGH’s 6th annual Diabetes Day has a lot to offer!
Speakers with Q&A Sessions:
9:15am-9:45am: “Diabetes Medication Management Q&A”
Tom Osella, Pharm.D, BCPS, MSBA; OVGH Director of Pharmacy
9:45am-10:45am: “Managing Diabetes: The Next Step” an A1c Champion’s Story
Doreen Bugai, Sanofi Aventis A1c Champion Program
10:45am-11:15am: “Current Orthotic Management of the Diabetic Foot in 2014”
Frank Erldejac, C.O.; Hanger Clinic, Hanger Inc.
11:30am-12:00pm: “Ask the Physician”
Dr. Shema Ahmed, MD; Dr. Samina Naseer, MD
12:00am- 12:30pm: “Addressing & Managing the Complications of Diabetes”
With a focus on ‘Diabetes & Depression’: Lisa Dalena, BSN
12:30pm-1:00pm: “Healthy Cooking, Healthy Eating” Nutrition Session & Food Sampling
James Dixon, OVGH Nutrition Services Director
Rachel Kingsley MBA, RD, LDN, CDE; OVGH Outpt. Dietitian/Diabetes Educator
Interested in a Free Health Screening? We are offering the following:
□ Bone Density Scans □ Foot Screenings
□ Blood Glucose □ Blood Pressure
□ Height, Weight, BMI □ Body Fat Analysis
□ Visual Acuity & Glaucoma Screenings – (provided by Sewickly Eye Group)
Brought to you by: OVGH Radiography and Nursing Students and Pitt Dietetic Students
We will also be offering a $30 Health Check Blood Screening!
This has 33 tests in 1 blood draw, including: Glucose, A1c, & Lipid Panel.
Anyone interested in a Health Check Blood Screening must complete a separate registration & consent form. For more accurate results, a 12 hour fast is required; however, if you are only interested in your A1C results, these can be performed without fasting first. Results will be mailed to participants.
Not only will the event feature free food demos and tastings; you’ll also have the chance to claim raffle prizes, fruit and veggie baskets, and coupons.
Diabetes Research Opportunities– CMU (Carnegie Mellon)
Diabetes Shoe Companies- Ponsi, Eagle Medical Equip.
Exercise/Physical Activity-Pittsburgh Kettlebells
Eye Care & Opthalmology-Sewickly Eye Group
Glucose Meters-Sanofi iBG*Star, One Touch (info @ Animas booth)
Home Health Services– Concordia Visiting Nurses
Independent Living-The Willows
Insulin Manufacturer– Sanofi-Aventis (Lantus, Apidra)
Insulin Pumps/Pump Products– Animas
Insurance-Gateway Health Plan Medicare Advantage-benefits for people w/ DM & other chronic diseases
Mental Health-OVGH Willow Brook
Orthotics and Prostetics– Hanger Inc.
Pharmacy– Med-Fast Pharmacy
Physicians – Dr. Ahmed, MD and Dr. Naseer, MD
Wound Care– OVGH Wound Care Center
For event info &/or to pre-register CALL 412-777-6205.
Pre-Registration saves you time @ the door!
Interested in Becoming a Nurse
Check out our new online application, and stop by our open house in our School of Nursing building on January 24th from 1-3pm. Our 21-month RN-Diploma program is affiliated with Robert Morris University. Founded in 1906, Ohio Valley Hospital’s School of Nursing proudly claims a reputation for providing a high-quality nursing education which prepares graduates to enter the practice of nursing. For more information please call 412-777-6204.