OVH s A Toast to the Community Registration Is Now Closed
Ohio Valley Hospital’s “A Toast to the Community” wine tasting Registration is now closed.
Thank you for your support and participation at this year’s event.
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you have any questions, please contact Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Megan Eaton at 412-777-6313.
OVH Celebrates Quality Week With Full Week of Events
Across the nation next week , healthcare professionals will have their hard work recognized through National Healthcare Quality Week. An annual celebration created by the National Association for Healthcare Quality, the week focuses on acknowledging high quality patient care, patient safety professionals, and improved clinical outcomes. Quality Week will be observed at hospitals nationwide from October 19 to 25 —including, for the first time ever, at Ohio Valley Hospital.
In recent years, Ohio Valley Hospital has ramped up its commitment to high quality patient care. At the forefront of that transition has been Angel Thompson, MBA, MSN, RN, and Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement.
As a clinician and former U.S. Army medic, Thompson has had vast experience enforcing patient safety measures. Her background as an oncology nurse has positioned her nicely for a role in Quality Assurance. She explains, “You want to make sure that patient safety is tantamount in any field, but especially in Oncology. Within oncology, it’s a very unique population. The patients have a lot of special needs. They may need home care, they may need compassionate care; they may need hospice care.”
No stranger to providing personalized care to meet specific patient needs, Thompson now oversees the hospital’s clinical quality and reporting measures–and has helped spearhead OVH’s inaugural celebration of National Healthcare Quality Week. In fact, every day during the week of October 19, OVH will be hosting events for the general public and clinicians in its Josephine Rosetta Auditorium, including:
- A talk Monday by Bob Winters of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on how to handle an active shooter in the hospital.
- A talk Tuesday by Ms. Thompson on the role of quality in modern healthcare
- A flu shot clinic on Wednesday, along with a set of poster presentations on quality by various clinical departments
- A Thursday presentation on organizational excellence by Joel Ettinger of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards
- A keynote speech on Friday from Dr. Bruce Block from the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative on quality in healthcare.
In addition, on Monday, October 20, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, the Allegheny County Health Department will be at the hospital to gather input from the community on how to prioritize its initiatives to make the area a healthier place to live, work, and play. Learn more about the “Our Health, Our Voice” community meeting.
Although it will be jam-packed with educational sessions, OVH’s first-ever celebration of Quality Week offers just a small glimpse into its commitment to patient care, according to Thompson. Every day, the hospital takes crucial, innovative steps to ensure patient safety and transparency.
“Our Quality Department is continually improving every day, to the point where we’ve incorporated new best practices and evidence based practices, including doing real time audits on the floors for things like falls,” says Thompson. “We’re part of a collaborative with multiple hospitals in Pennsylvania to provide instantaneous data on quality.”
As the healthcare landscape of the Greater Pittsburgh region continues to evolve, transparency of healthcare data is perhaps more important than ever for OVH–and patients can review quality metrics of different hospitals in their area by using Medicare.gov’s Hospital Compare tool.
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 Introduces new Hospital Visual Identity
A Message From The President
Since the early 1900s Ohio Valley Hospital has provided high-quality, personalized medical treatment right here where you live.We are dedicated to our community and we continue to provide you with same compassionate, comprehensive care that you’vecome to expect from us. When we began to look at rebranding our hospital and changing our name back in 2012, we had a very specific goal in mind. We wanted to introduce a new modern look to support our state-of-the-art medical technology, first-rate medical staff and dedicated employees, while maintaining a convenient, personal and close-to-home experience for every patient. Now as “Ohio Valley Hospital,” we celebrate our independence as a community hospital and reassure our patients, our friends, our neighbors, that we are close to you. Just like family.
David W. Scott, FACHE, President & CEO
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.
Another Great F O R Food Drive Turn Out
Thank you to everyone who donated a non-perishable food item, toiletry, or check to this quarter’s FOR Food Bank drive. We successfully collected 240 items for those in need. The best part is, thanks to a grant by The Feinstein Foundation, every item we collected this month =$1 to the FOR Food Bank!!
Some of these items included:
12 Jars of Peanut Butter
59 Assorted Toiletries
22 Cans of Soup
36 Jars of Baby Food
21 Miscellaneous Condiments
18 Cans of Vegetables
16 Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese
10 Tubes of Baby Formula
Nice work, everyone! Stay tuned for next quarter’s Food Drive!
How does it compare to what we did last time?
Thanks to your efforts back in January, 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!