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.
Next OVGH Food Drive Offers Up DOUBLE the Giving Opportunity
Our last food drive for the FOR was a Huge success!!
But our next Food Drive from April 14th-18th has the opportunity to give so much more.
ALL Food and Financial Donations made to the Focus On Renewal Food Pantry this month will help the agency earn grant money from The Feinstein Foundation. Every item we collect=$1 to the FOR Food Bank!!
Thanks to your efforts last time, we collected:
-Almost 110 cans of food (including 25 cans of tuna fish!)
-90 boxes of pasta and rice
-25 jars of peanut butter and jelly
-20 rolls of toilet paper
…along with baby food, cat food, crackers, juices, toiletry items…and much more!
That would have given the Food Bank almost $350 dollars in ADDITION to what we donated!
Need a few more reasons on why you should donate? How about….685 of them?
That’s the number of families you can help by donating a non-perishable item during our Focus On Renewal Food Drive.
With about a third of those families coming in for supplies every month, the food bank goes through about 6,000 pounds of food. While most food banks are open on a distribution day each month, the FOR Food Bank opens Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. That means they don’t only help those registered families, but they’re available when a family loses heat, or a fire takes them out of their home.The immediacy with which they are able to react in those emergency situations only increases the number of supplies needed to successfully help others.
Here’s a sample of some much-needed items:
Hamburger Helper/Tuna Helper
Macaroni and Cheese
Tuna Fish cans
Toiletry Items; especially travel size
You can drop off your donations in the boxes provided by the Hospital Cafeteria, in the Main Lobby, and in the Medical Office Building’s Main Lobby!
Celebrate National Volunteer Week
Ohio Valley General Hospital has the immense honor of utilizing the services of more than 120 volunteers. Clad in red or pink smocks, our adult volunteers come from all walks of life; they are retired teachers, nurses, administrators, politicians, mothers, fathers and every one of them a citizen who values civic responsibility. The young men and women who serve after school or on the weekends and during the summer choose OVGH because of what they can learn from your professional dedication.
Last year, our volunteers provided more than 14,000 hours of service to OVGH. This year, our Coordinator of Community Services and Seniority is confident that they will surpass that amount. As a hospital, we take great pride in the opportunity to learn from their selfless nature and willingness to serve.
The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week is Celebrate Service: please, take a moment to thank the volunteers who serve. Celebrate their choice to contribute to the hospital and the tremendous impact that volunteers have on our community. Stay tuned for pictures of our hardworking volunteers later in the week, but for now, take a look at our Volunteer Luncheon Pictures!
Kick Off National Nutrition Month With Some Healthy Food Tips
March is National Nutrition Month. It’s a great time to kick-start healthy eating habits! There’s a LOT of information out there, with varying opinions as to what makes up a “healthy” diet. Many people even try some of the “fad” diets: ones that restrict carbs or gluten, or allow you to eat as much fat as you want, or only let you fill up on cabbage soup!
You may think that these fad diets are a relatively new phenomenon, but according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, they’ve been around since at least 1820. The first “low-carb” diet appeared on the scene in 1825! Click here for a timeline of some of the more popular “fad” diets out there!
So what SHOULD you be eating? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has prepared a Nutrition Fact vs. Fiction sheet to help you decide! For example, did you know that canned fruits and veggies are just as nutritious-and in some cases can even be BETTER for you than fresh produce? Click on this link on this link to find out why!
If you’re interested in making some healthy changes, you can head to our 6th annual Diabetes Day on Tuesday, March 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in OVGH’s School of Nursing building. It’s an event that is not just about treating diabetes, it’s about making a healthier lifestyle for yourself! There will be food demonstrations, lectures, and free health screenings. Click here for more information!
If you can’t make the event but still want to make 2014 a healthier one, you can contact our Outpatient Dietitian, Rachel Kingsley, to schedule a meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
A Look Back in Time at one Account of OVGH s First Nursing Student Graduation
The following is an article taken from The McKees Rocks Gazette, Thursday, June 9th, 1904 issue. It details the commencement of Miss Annabelle McAnulty, the first nurse to graduate from Ohio Valley General Hospital’s School of Nursing Program.
A Brilliant Function – Large Attendance – Eloquent Addresses – Reception, Etc.
INSTITUTION’S PROMISING FUTURE.
The graduation and commencement exercises of the McKees Rocks hospital training school Friday evening were a decided success and a significant event for the local hospital. It was the first occasion of this character and no doubt opened a brighter era for the hospital, which is now in a better position to meet the responsibilities and requirements of the great and growing Greater McKees Rocks than ever before.
The commencement exercises held at the Christian church was a brilliant and interesting social function. About 300 of the many friends of the physicians, nurses and those who had been treated at the institution were present. The platform in the main auditorium was occupied by Dr. J. A. Williams, Dr. Alex McG. Duff and Dr. C. G. Eicher.
Miss Anabelle McAnulty was the graduate and honor guest of the evening, and with her on the state were arrayed six of the corps of nurses, and Miss Josephine Scott, the head nurse, all handsomely gowned in full uniform.
Dr. J. A. Williams, president of the Hospital association, made a brief and appropriate address in which he complimented the honor guest upon her excellent and meritorious work at the hospital and related some of the history of the local training school. He said in part, that much credit was due the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the hospital and St. Vincent de Paul Society of McKees Rocks for the great success of the hospital recently, and that these societies made it possible for the institution to cover a broader field and number of patients.
Following the address there was a recitation by Miss Ella Marvin, a solo by Mr. James Messick and musical selections by the orchestra.
The diploma was presented by Rev. S. E. Brewster in an eloquent address, in which he dwelt upon the noble calling of the patient and charitable nurses, who were called nurses, but were in his estimation, angels when their work was well done.
Dr. Alex McG. Duff presented the badge and made a neat and fitting address to the recipient, encouraging her in her honorable and noble calling. He said in part: “You may have been inspired to choose this occupation by reading poetry or by the advice of a friend, but after you became acquainted with the bare and hard facts enjoined upon your arduous duties, you no doubt lost sight of the poetry you first anticipated there was in it. Now, what I desire to ask you to do is not to lose sight of the poetry in your profession, no matter what your duties, surroundings or responsibilities may be. It is true that life is largely what we make it, and there is poetry everywhere, if we can only see it in that light.”
The badge, being the first ever awarded by the local hospital, was designed especially for Miss McAnulty. It is circular in form with black enamel back ground and the words “McKeesRocksGeneralHospital” inlaid with gold around the edge. The words “Training School for Nurses” occupy the entire bar. It is a very beautiful emblem and well worthy of typifying three years apprenticeship in the hospital as well as being the first one emanating from McKees Rocks.
At the conclusion of the exercises Dr. Eicher, master of ceremonies, invited the audience to repair the hospital on the hill where a reception was held.
Here several enjoyable hours were spent. Many visitors from the city were present, among them Dr. F. T. Snyder and a delegation of nurses from the Southside hospital. The large ward of the hospital had been vacated and decorated with the National colors for the reception and all nurses that could be spared, gave over their time to serve the guests. Many of the young folks tripped the light fantastic to the renditions of Bridges’ Orchestra and for this particular occasion transformed the scene of affliction and suffering into one of recreation and amusement. Those who did not dance spent pleasant hours in cheerful intercourse in the hospital and on the verandas.
Miss McAnulty, the graduate, spent two years of her course in the Southside hospital, and finished with one year at the McKees Rocks hospital. The local training school being established and under the able management of Miss Josephine Scott, all nurses who serve the required term hereafter will graduate and receive diplomas and badges.
Miss Scott has held responsible positions in several of the leading hospitals of this State and the benefit of her experience is already apparent here. The McKees Rocks hospital now has a more promising future than at any time during its history.
Ohio Valley General Hospital Awarded Grant from Richard King Mellon Foundation
Ohio Valley General Hospital has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to support efforts to modernize and expand medical technology at the hospital. The funds will be used to enhance the patient monitors in the Emergency Department, update the nursing call system and implement a simulation laboratory in the School of Nursing.
“We are committed to implementing the necessary changes needed to improve medical technology at our facility,” said hospital President and CEO David W. Scott. “We are grateful to the Richard King Mellon Foundation for supporting our dedication to patient care excellence. We know we can make a difference in the lives of our patients and families, clinical staff and the communities we serve, while improving patient safety and satisfaction.”
Ohio Valley General Hospital’s Emergency Department is a vital community resource, treating more than 20,500 patients per year. Updating the patient monitoring system will result in improved patient safety and enhanced quality of care.
“Patient monitoring is the central component of emergency care, and we are committed to providing the community with an emergency department that is high quality, cutting edge and efficient,” said Mr. Scott. “We’ve already devoted significant time and resources to improving emergency care operations and have significantly decreased our ‘door to doctor’ time. This additional investment in medical technology will ensure that we are able to continue to meet the needs of the patients we serve.”
OVGH President and CEO Thanks Staff for a Successful Joint Commission Review
OVGH had a great visit from the Joint Commission this week. Our President and CEO, David W. Scott wanted to pass along a message of thanks to our hospital employees:
“I want to express my personal appreciation to all of you. The surveyors were quite complimentary of all staff members, and I was proud of everyone’s professionalism and positive attitude.
Of particular note, the surveyors stated that our level of integration of quality and patient safety into daily operations is seen in only the highest-performing organizations. They were also impressed with our overall quality of care, the maintenance and cleanliness of the Hospital, and they greatly enjoyed their meals and interactions with the Nutrition Services staff members. I also want to acknowledge our Facilities Director Joe Gillette — the surveyors requested permission to use Joe’s forms and documents for their “Best Practices” library for Facility Management programs and will be using his material for their safety training seminars.
Our excellent outcome was the result of much effort by everyone. This speaks very highly of our organization, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks again, and have a great weekend!”