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.