Help Lend a Paw this Holiday Season
Ohio Valley Hospital’s Willow Brook patients enjoy spending their Tuesdays with two loyal and furry friends, Gracie and Holly. The golden retriever mother-daughter duo is cared for by hospital volunteer, Ray Koper and his wife, Shirley (see their story here!).
Just as these two loving animals help bring a smile to a Willow Brook patient’s face, we have the unique opportunity to lend a paw to their fellow animal pals this holiday season.
Ohio Valley Hospital will be collecting donations for our four-legged friends at the Western PA Humane Society. From November 20 through December 20, please considering donating anything from pet food to stuffed animals (new or gently used).
Check out the list of specific needs the Western PA Humane Society has suggested:
• 17 x 17 cat cage blankets
• Cat/dog treats or food (dry/wet)
• Rabbit/ferret/bird food
• Stainless steel/Teflon cat litter pans
• Timothy Hay/corn cob bedding
• Feeding bowls (new or used)
• Throw/area rugs (new or used)
• Cat carriers/ dog crates
• Gauze pads, Q-tips, cotton balls
• Martingale dog collars, all sizes
• Clay cat litter
• Shampoo, brushes, clippers
• 6’ leashes (new or used)
• Stuffed animals (new or used)
• Cat toys
• Balls (larger than tennis balls)
• Scratching posts
Happy Holidays, and check back next week for another animal pal encouraging you to help out their furry friends!
Construction Set To Begin On ER Drive
Underground maintenance is needed on the area between our Emergency Room driveway and our School of Nursing building. As the work must be completed before winter, the construction will begin either on 10/6/14 or 10/13/14.
During this time, a trench will be excavated through the ambulance bay, across the ER drive, and through the sidewalk of the School of Nursing.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, all areas will remain open and usable during this process. The work will be completed as quickly as possible.
Your Health Your Voice Let s Talk about Health in Your Community
A broad coalition led by Allegheny County Department of Health (ACHD) is developing a plan to help make Allegheny County a healthier place to live, work and play.
ACHD is holding meetings in each of the 13 county council districts in the coming Fall, where we will be presenting the findings of our first major Community Health Assessment (CHA) and welcoming public discussion and participation. The Assessment collected data about our population’s health, to inform the community and the Department as we work towards creating a county-wide Health Improvement Plan. We want to know about the health issues and problems in your community and the best ways to improve health for Allegheny County residents.
We are pleased to announce that Ohio Valley Hospital is hosting the District 4 community meeting, Monday, October 20 6:00-8:00pm in their auditorium.
All residents are welcome to the community meeting, and light refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us.
If you require special accommodations or need more information, email our community liaison firstname.lastname@example.org.
OVH Takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Our School of Radiography Seniors kicked off the chain here at the hospital by nominating one of their professors…and since then many other employees have taken the icy plunge; nominating other employees to do so as well!
Head to our Facebook page to check out some of their videos, and be sure to “like” and comment on your favorites!
If you would like more information on how you can donate to ALS (always an option in addition to or instead of dumping water on yourself), check out this link. To date, the organization has raised more than $90 million in donations thanks to the challenge. That is compared to the $2 million raised last year.
…and of course many others choose to donate to other organizations and charities instead, from the American Cancer Society to the Humane Society!
Here’s a little information on the short history of the #icebucketchallenge
The ice bucket challenge started back in June, and was not associated with any particular organization or charity. Then it got a little help from some friends. From www.mashable.com:
“While “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer was one of the first to bring the ice bucket challenge to the mainstream on July 15 during a live broadcast, it wasn’t until golfer Chris Kennedy participated too and challenged his cousin Jeanette Senerchia of Pelham, New York to film her own video — her husband is battling is ALS.
“I was called out by a friend who had picked a different charity — the purpose of the challenge was to pick a charity that was personally significant to you,” Kennedy told Mashable. “When I challenged my friends and Jeanette, the charity of my choice was the ALS Foundation. Family and friends eventually rallied behind them and it spread like crazy.”
From there, it made its way to 31-year-old ALS patient Pat Quinn from Yonkers, New York, and later former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. When it finally reached Frates’ social network, the challenge went viral. This explains how Boston became instrumental in spreading it to other parts of the country.”
The ALS organization is currently working on trademarking the challenge name.
For anyone still wondering WHAT the challenge is or HOW to participate:
Step 1: Grab a bucket of ice water
Step 2: Pour it over your head (preferably while using your imagination to make it more unique and viral-friendly)
Step 3: Have someone film the whole thing
Step 4: Post the clip to Facebook or Twitter
Step 5: Challenge at least 3 friends/family members/co-workers/favorite celebrities to do the same within 24 hours, or make a $100 donation to charity. Of course, the idea is to do both.
What is ALS?
According to www.alsa.org:
“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death.”
For more information on what ALS is and how it affects people, check out this link.
Who is Lou Gehrig?
Lou Gehrig, or “The Iron Horse,” was a first baseman for the New York Yankees for 17 seasons. As a Yankee, he set several major league records held for decades, including most career grand slams (23) and most consecutive games played (2,130), a record that stood for 56 years. His game streak (and grand slam numbers) could have gone on much longer…but in 1939 he was diagnosed with ALS, forcing him to retire at the age of 36. He died 2 years later.
“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans…So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for. Thank you.”
Local Twilight Wish Recipient Making Headlines
Ohio Valley Hospital’s Willow Brook Geropsychiatric Unit Community Relations Coordinator Lisa Dalena regularly volunteers for the non-profit Twilight Wish. She routinely sends us pictures on Facebook of their great stories, some of which get picked up by local media. You may recall the story of the World War II soldiers who were reunited, or the Neil Diamond fan who got to meet a pretty close impersonator.
This next story was too cute NOT to be shared (just like the recipient…read on to find out why). That’s why the Huffington Post AND our local Trib Review picked up the piece on 86 year old Clara Parrish and her upcoming trip on the Gateway Clipper. Don’t worry, Lisa promises to have pictures for us next week of Clara enjoying her long-awaited night on the town that we’ll post on Facebook!
For those interested in knowing more about the Twilight Wish Foundation, according to Lisa, “Twilight Wish is a nonprofit dedicated to granting wishes to seniors older than 68 with an income of less than 200 percent of the national poverty level or who cannot make their own wishes come true, among other requirements. Wishes can range from the practical to the creative. ”
We look forward to more stories from Lisa, and Twilight Wish, in the months to come!
Congratulations to the OVH School of Nursing Graduating Class
Seventeen students graduated from Ohio Valley Hospital’s School of Nursing program on Thursday June 26, 2014. The ceremony was held in the Chartiers Valley Intermediate School’s auditorium. The Ohio Valley Hospital Administration, various dignitaries, faculty, the alumni honor guard, family and friends were all in attendance.
A motivational speaker on the national circuit, the esteemed Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN gave the evening’s Key Note address. Graduate and soloist Drew Gaworski sang “For Good” and was accompanied by pianist Nyamin Buhler. Then, as President of the Ohio Valley Student Nurses’ Association, Drew spoke about the students who were part of the National Student Nurses Association.
The ceremony also honored fellow classmate Lauren Geiger, who passed away in 2012.
The class valedictorian was Erin Duffy and the salutatorian was Dawn Mapel. Erin presented an excellent speech that was both intuitive and inspirational. She also formally presented the 2014 Graduate Nurses to the guests.
Congratulations to the graduates who received the following awards:
The Medical Staff Award is given to the graduate with the highest QPA and was presented to Erin Duffy, by David Scott President and CEO of Ohio Valley Hospital.
The Board of Directors Award is given to the graduate who has demonstrated outstanding clinical performance and professional growth. It was presented to Drew Gaworski, by Mark Scholl the Chairman of the Board at Ohio Valley Hospital.
The Frank Fairbanks Award is given to the graduate who has provided outstanding community service and acted as a role model to their peers. It was presented to Shelly Saval.
The Ronita DiClemente Award is given to the graduate who demonstrates a high degree of enthusiasm and motivation throughout the program. This award was presented to Lindsey Mason by Micheal DiClemente.
Good luck to all the graduates in their future endeavors and as they prepare for the State Board exam.
Please head to www.facebook.com/ohiovalleyhospital to see more pictures from the ceremony!
OVH President and CEO Urging State Law Makers to Maintain Adequate Hospital Reimbursements
OVH President and CEO David W. Scott urges state lawmakers to maintain adequate state reimbursements for hospitals in this letter that appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 9th, 2014.
OVGH Volunteer Makes Giving Back A Life-Long Mission
Don McVay has made a life out of volunteering. He started helping others back in World War II, when he climbed aboard a Navy ship, the U.S.S. Amphion, and sailed off to join the war effort.
Back in Allegheny County, he purchased his current home in Ingram in 1950 and promptly joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society through his church across the street. He volunteered there for the next 30 years, helping those in need to buy food and furniture.
Don has always valued giving back to his community. Perhaps no volunteer job gave more value to the residents of Ingram than the leadership role he took on as their two-term mayor. He also served as the president of Ingram’s Common Council. In his 20-year commitment to the borough, he served both unpaid roles happily, because he wanted to “help shape the community in a positive way.”
After his retirement from the rail road, where he successfully started and became president of their union, Don began volunteering at the place he’s been for 20 years: Ohio Valley General Hospital. It made sense for him to volunteer at his local community hospital – it’s just an 8 minute drive from the hospital to his front door and in his role as front desk greeter, he’s been able to meet and help residents from his own neighborhood, along with those from McKees Rocks, Kennedy Township, and Coraopolis.
This spring, Don was recognized for serving 11,000 hours at OVGH. At 87 years young, he credits the time he spends volunteering for his good health, saying, “I think it does me good physically and mentally to be here. I enjoy what I do…I get to kid around with people, and show off my lighthearted side.”
OVGH thanks Don for his decades of service to us, and to his community. If you’re interested in volunteering at OVGH, please go online to fill out a form, or contact our Coordinator of Community Services and Seniority at 412-777-6195.
Why Not Run For the Hill of It at our Annual k
The Ohio Valley General Hospital and Kennedy Township Community Run/Walk 5k registration is open for runners to sign up! The 33rd annual race features a challenging course, and is a great training race. The race kicks off on Saturday, May 17th at 8a.m., rain or shine. You can preregister by filling out the above brochure (copies are on hand in the main lobby of OVGH) or by going to active.com by Friday, May 16th. If there are any remaining spaces available, you may sign up on race morning. Registration is $20 through May 14th and $25 May 15th through the morning of the race. The first 200 registered participants are guaranteed a shirt. In order to participate, you must complete a waiver release form.
If you would like to pick up your race packet early, head over to Elite Runners and Walkers Thursday May 15th or Friday May 16th, from 11a.m. until 7p.m. They are located at 5992 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, PA, 15136.
The race will start at the main entrance to OVGH, and offers a continental breakfast to all participants and volunteers. A local DJ will play you off into the race and host the awards ceremony and breakfast, and Miles of Smiles will be on hand to give out your timed results.
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers, regardless of age. Results will be posted on Miles of Smiles website.
Free parking is available in front of the OVGH Medical Office Building and across the street at the OVGH Willows Senior Living Facility. Bag check will be available; though Ohio Valley General Hospital assumes no liability for loss, theft, or damages. Please do not bring valuables. For the safety of our participants and volunteers, please leave all large back packs, bags, and coolers at home.
For more 5k updates, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter #5kforthehillofit!
If you would like more information, please contact Megan Eaton at 412-777-6313 or email@example.com
th Annual Golf Fundrive Event Photos
Click here to View photos from our 28th Annual Ohio Valley General Hospital Golf Fundrive held on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Allegheny Country Club.