December 5, 2013
Ohio Valley General Hospital’s School of Nursing Open House is coming up…check out the flyer below for more details. If you’re interested in applying for the 2014 school year, head over to our online application.
December 5, 2013
The new OVGH Patient, Visitor and Medical Staff Parking Lot is now open! We replaced the former two-tier lot with a single-tier lot that is safer and easier to navigate.
The new lot has multiple staircases to access the hospital more easily. It is located on the left-hand side of the main entrance driveway. Patients and visitors are also welcome to park in the Medical Office Building lot, which is adjacent to the hospital on Heckel Road.
November 12, 2013
Making a trip to the hospital is rarely in anyone’s plans. But what about when you’re more than 200 miles away from home? That was the case for Patricia Weiss, a retired school teacher visiting her granddaughter at Robert Morris University. A simple weekend bag was all she and her husband packed, before a fall off a step in their hotel put Patricia in an ambulance to Ohio Valley General Hospital.
“I had no idea where we were…had no idea where we were going. The pain was excruciating, like nothing I had ever felt before.”
Patricia was wheeled into the E.R. on October 19th. She quickly made the rounds on 4 of the 5 hospital floors, first for surgery to repair a bad fracture to her hip, then to cardiology to monitor a heart condition, and finally to the Acute Rehab Unit for recovery.
“Because of the instability of her bone fracture, Dr. Ryon Hurh limited Patricia to 25% usage or less of her left leg,”said Frank Stupartiz, physical therapist. Not only was she limited in walking, but Patricia had to re-learn how to do things others take for granted: sitting, standing, doing laundry, even washing dishes. Everything was different now with the leg restrictions. “I’ve never been in a situation where I was fully dependent before,” Patricia said of the rehab.
“We take a progressive approach…smaller expectations to start and we use encouragement to promote success. Patricia did a series of upper body strengthening to help build her strength and confidence,” said Laura Vorrias-Newman, occupational therapy assistant.
That improvement happened quickly. While she is not fully recovered, thanks to the hard work of the ER staff, the Med-Surg nurses and surgeon, and the ARU, Patricia was able to leave OVGH after an almost two week stay. But accidents that happen across state lines can involve red tape—something OVGH case managers helped clear up for Patricia and her husband, Tony.
Her husband, who grew up in a family of nurses, said you don’t often hear of the “good” stories out of a hospital; the case managers who call to get you a prescription for a wheelchair across state lines or the nurses who wash your hair for you. He said they were so grateful to the staff of OVGH for what they did for them. Patricia agreed, saying, “I didn’t want to be here, but there were so many good people willing to help. I couldn’t name them all. They’ve gone out of their way to make my transition positive, and went above and beyond for me with everything.”
If you would like more information about our Acute Rehab Facility, Click Here
November 6, 2013
In honor of National Eating Healthy Day…can you answer these correctly?
1. How much total fat does the American Heart Association say I should consume for my daily calorie needs?
A. between 5 and 10 percent of total daily calories
B. between 30 and 40 percent of total daily calories
C. between 25 and 35 percent of total daily calories
D. between 15 and 20 percent of total daily calories
2. How many calories does one gram of fat contain?
3. How many calories make up a pound of fat? _____________
Bonus: What are Saturated Fats?
Read on for the answer!
Source: American Heart Association
Saturated fats have a chemical makeup in which the carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature.
Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of blood cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Be aware, too, that many foods high in saturated fats are also high in cholesterol – which raises your blood cholesterol even higher.
You should replace foods high in saturated fats with foods high in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fats. This means eating foods made with liquid vegetable oil but not tropical oils. It also means eating fish and nuts. You also might try to replace some of the meat you eat with beans or legumes.
1) How much total fat does the American Heart Association say I should consume for my daily caloric needs?
Key word there is TOTAL fat. They recommend your TOTAL fat should be between 25 and 35% of total daily calories
2) How many calories does one gram of fat contain?
3) How many calories make up a pound of fat?
October 30, 2013
After logging more than 14,000 trips in 2012, Ohio Valley General Hospital’s Courtesy Van Service has expanded to include a third vehicle and a new location pick-up.
Currently, our service offers rides to patients and a loved one within a ten mile radius of Ohio Valley General Hospital. With the new van, patients will now be able to receive rides to our Coraopolis location.
This free transportation is eligible for anyone who has the ability to sit and walk without assistance. If you’re looking for a ride to-and-from Outpatient Surgery, Rehab, Business Fit, and other procedures and testing services, our courtesy van could help you! The new van takes off on Monday, November 4th.
The van service is available from Monday through Friday, 7a.m. through 4p.m. Vans are available to our Kennedy Township, Mt. Nebo, and Coraopolis locations. To schedule a ride, call 412-777-6924 at least 24 hours in advance.
October 25, 2013
Halloween is usually the time of year where people break into the fun-sized candy bars and begin their holiday season…of eating. According to the Ohio Valley General Hospital 2013 Community Needs Assessment, Type I and Type II diabetes diagnoses are on the rise for students in Allegheny County, and about 9% of Allegheny County residents currently suffer from diabetes. That’s why Ohio Valley General Hospital is committed to building proper diabetes education in the community. That includes nutrition and proper eating.
Our Seniority-sponsored Diabetes Day on October 23rd offered a Halloween-themed food demonstration of healthy food choices diabetics (and their loved ones) can turn to for snacks. Witches fingers, or carrot sticks with humus and almond slivers, were a big hit. Sweet and Savory eye balls had two different kinds of rice cakes, one with low fat whipped cream and a grape, the other with avocado, yogurt, chili powder, and an olive. Diabetes Educator Rachel Kingsley talked to the group of more than 60 community members about how important it is to avoid foods with saturated fat, and how important it is to integrate the right kinds of carbohydrates and proteins into your healthy snack bag.
Foodies were then treated to a discussion on diabetes by Terri Seidman, Associate Director for the Western PA branch of the American Diabetes Association. She talked about how the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes has changed over the years, from the discovery of insulin in the 1920s to the use of disposable needles. She said the combination of a healthy diet, an active lifestyle, and when necessary oral medications can help control Type II diabetes. Seidman also brought up the ADA Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Saturday, November 9th from 9:00a.m. until 4:00p.m. Rachel Kingsley will also be there. The event will offer glucose screenings, cooking demonstrations, and experts in the field of diabetes discussing lifestyle changes, weight loss, and nutrition.
Phyllis Stern, Director of Sales and Move-Ins from Willow Heights, Senior Independent Living, dropped by to share her own experiences with diabetes, and to talk about the importance of balancing nutrition with an active work schedule. The afternoon concluded with free glucose screenings for anyone interested.
If you’re interested in learning more about OVGH’s nutrition and diabetes education services, call 412-777-6205 or visit us on the web here.
October 23, 2013
Dr. Lane is a Pittsburgher through and through. Born in Crafton Heights, she attended Langley High School. She knew she would specialize in infectious disease after losing a family member to AIDS in high school. Continuing her studies at Washington and Jefferson College, then further west at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Lane did her residence at Mercy Hospital and then went to the University of Maryland in Baltimore for her infectious disease fellowship.
Her first job took Dr. Lane back to Pittsburgh as the medical director of Allegheny General Hospital’s HIV program. After three years, Dr. Lane took on a job in the Allegheny County Health Department. She moved on part-time to OVGH in May of this year, spending the other half of her work week in primary care/HIV at the West End Health Center.
Joining OVGH helped Dr. Lane get back to the roots of medicine, or as she puts it, she was “looking for a place where she could practice medicine the way it’s meant to be practiced…I was also attracted to the small community feel-where the nurses and doctors all know each other and all know the patients. Larger hospitals tend to feel cold; patients are just another number…OVGH is a community hospital where people seem genuinely happy to work.”
And we are happy to have her here working with us!
Later in the week, we’ll have more on what Infectious Disease topic Dr. Lane says we should ALL be paying attention to. Stay tuned!
October 21, 2013
Ohio Valley General Hospital gave “A Toast to the Community” at the Montour Heights Country Club this past Saturday. More than 200 community members, staffers, and hospital supporters attended the wine tasting and food sampling event.
Enjoying music by the Sterling Strings Quartet, the third annual toast featured wines from The Winery at Wilcox, Southern Wine, “Wine of Friends,” and Capital Wine. Patrons also had the chance to win raffle auction items like a Keep Calm and Drink Wine basket.
Event attendees included the evening’s honorary chairpersons, Angelo “Chuck” Lupariello, M.D. and Mark Brennan, President of Clearview Federal Credit Union (pictured below). OVGH President and CEO, David W. Scott, FACHE, Kennedy Township Police Chief Anthony Bruni, Representative Nick Kotik and Chairman of the Board Mark Scholl were also in attendance.
To see pictures from the event, head to our Facebook page, LIKE us, and click on the “3rd Annual a Toast to the Community” photo album!
October 17, 2013
It’s the kind of standing appointment patients look forward to. Every Tuesday, two friendly furry friends visit Ohio Valley General Hospital’s Willow Brook facility. Gracie is 6, and her daughter, Holly, 3. The golden retriever dynamic duo are therapy dogs cared for by a hospital volunteer, Ray Koper and his wife, Shirley.
Gracie and Holly are part of Therapy Dog, International. It’s a volunteer organization that registers dogs for the purpose of visiting nursing homes and hospitals. To join the organization, all dogs must be tested by a certified evaluator. They have to be at least one year old, and be able to pass a yearly physical and a temperament evaluation. This includes interacting with people who use service equipment (a test not all dogs can pass!).
As their handler, Shirley also had to pass a test to ensure she can maintain control over them in any situation. She’s been bringing them to the hospital for the last year; about the same amount of time Gracie has been a therapy dog. Holly has been doing it for two years; getting involved because she was too big to be a show dog like her brother, Willy. Holly has since been awarded a TDIA title (Therapy Dog International Active), as she has made well over 50 visits to hospitals. Ray Koper says golden retrievers make great therapy dogs, because “they are gentle and loving; people love them.” He added that with their positive temperament, you don’t have to worry about how they will interact with strangers.
Animal-assisted therapy is not a new concept. From visiting local hospitals to victims of violence, research has shown that a dog’s optimism can go a long way. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, simply petting a dog can decrease levels of stress hormones and lower blood pressure. Petting a dog also can also release oxytocin, a hormone that increases the level of affection in both dogs and humans.
OVGH Willow Brook patients certainly enjoy seeing the girls every week. Patients in the Geropsychiatric Unit are provided with short-term inpatient services for their mental health needs. But as Gracie and Holly prove, sometimes a paw-shake with a friendly dog is the best kind of therapy!
October 10, 2013
Mental Illness can take on many forms. Depression. Anxiety. Eating Disorders. From moodiness to an inability to get out of bed, symptoms of mental illness don’t look the same from person to person. The different disorders can be hard to understand.
That’s where Mental Illness Awareness Week, which is October 6th through the 12th, comes in. It was established by Congress back in 1990, thanks to the efforts of The National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI now joins with other mental health advocates across the country to sponsor activities for public education about mental illness. This includes the annual NAMI Walk (now in its 7th year in Pittsburgh). This walk raises awareness and funding for the one in four adults across the country suffering from some form of mental illness each year.
As with any illness, treatment is key. Unfortunately, NAMI says about 60% of adults suffering from mental illness did not receive any mental health services in the last year. The affects of mental illness…can be deadly. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24. NAMI Studies have shown more than 90% of all people who commit suicide suffer from at least one or more mental disorders.
One way to start on the path to treatment is through free screenings for some of the various forms of mental illness. Thursday October 10th is National Depression Screening Day. According to Screening for Mental Health, NDSD is the nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that provides referrals for treatment. Click here to take a free anonymous health screening online.
If you’d like to help those suffering from mental illness, you can take a step in the right direction by signing up for the NAMI 5k Walk in Pittsburgh. It is being held on Sunday, October 13th at 9 a.m. in SouthSide Works. Ohio Valley General Hospital-Willow Brook Geropsychiatric Unit is a proud sponsor of the event. You can register for the walk here.
Understanding. Support. Treatment. These are all goals you can help meet this National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Join OVGH in the cause today!