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.
GENE M BATTISTELLA D O RE-ELECTED TO BOARD of STATEWIDE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Gene M. Battistella, D.O., of McKees Rocks, was recently re-elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA), a statewide organization for physicians holding the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.
A co-owner and physician at West Hills Medical Providers, Inc., in McKees Rocks, Dr. Battistella specializes in internal medicine. Vice chairman of the Board of Directors and past president of the medical staff at Pittsburgh’s Ohio Valley General Hospital in McKees Rocks, he is treasurer of POMA’s District 8, and serves as a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.
Dr. Battistella is a graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, and an internal medicine residency at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Headquartered in Harrisburg, POMA is the official voice for over 7,000 osteopathic physicians in Pennsylvania.
Latest Stroke Protocols Save Lives at OVGH
Ohio Valley General Hospital is in the process of refining protocols for the care of stroke patients and suspected victims of stroke in preparation for certification by The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Center.
Early diagnosis and treatment of stroke is now understood to be a critical factor in reducing brain damage and improving final outcomes. Nearly 800,000 people suffer the effects of a stroke in this country each year.
A variety of procedures and protocols that help speed a correct diagnosis of stroke and facilitate early corrective treatment have already been developed and are now in use. Medical, nursing, and ancillary staff have all been trained to remain abreast of the latest developments in the recognition of stroke symptoms and in the critical care of stroke victims.
Changes in our clinical practices in relationship with Emergency Medical Service teams have enhanced our ability to rapidly and efficiently care for stroke patients and their families. Suspected stroke patients are now transported directly from the ambulance to the CT scanner in rapid diagnosis and early life-saving interventions like intravenous treatment that has been repeatedly proven to prevent stroke death and improve long term stroke recover.
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