March 7, 2014
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.
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If you would like more information, please contact Megan Eaton at 412-777-6313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 4, 2014
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!
February 6, 2014
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.
February 4, 2014
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.”
January 14, 2014
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our employees who donated to last week’s FOR Food Drive.
Thanks to your efforts, 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!
After such a rousing success, we plan to make this food drive a quarterly event!
So why was this event so important? Read below for the answer!
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
January 10, 2014
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!”
January 7, 2014
January 7, 2014
Schools are closing. Politicians are encouraging people to stay indoors. Meteorologists are telling us exactly how far temperatures could fall before they rise. But what if you HAVE to go outside: to shovel, to go to work, or even in an emergency situation?
Here are some tips for how to stay safe in the below-freezing temperatures!
From the American Heart Association: People who are not conditioned to outdoor activities should be careful of the effects of sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. If you do have to shovel, take frequent breaks (going inside to get warm) and use a small shovel or snow blower. The combination of falling temperatures and a rise in physical activity increases how hard your heart is working to keep up.
Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature falls below 95 degrees. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia. To keep warm, wear multiple layers of light clothing. Be sure to wear a hat.
American Lung Association Tip: Cold weather can trigger asthma. Avoid exerting energy in the cold air. About 17 million Americans suffer from Asthma. If you’re one of them, try to remain in warm, sheltered areas.
Extremity Exposure: Frostbite can occur quickly in dropping temperatures. Keep your nose, ears, cheeks, fingers and toes covered with mittens, scarves, gloves, hats, and water proof boots! If you believe you have frostbite, stay in a warm room and submerge the affected area in warm-NOT hot-water.
Remember, if you have elderly neighbors or relatives; be sure to check on them. Keep pets indoors as much as possible. Call 911 if you see someone is shivering, appears confused, is having trouble breathing or talking, or appears lethargic. Try to keep the person warm until help arrives. Ohio Valley General Hospital’s Emergency Department is open 24-7 to help in these situations.
December 12, 2013
Our 2013 Employee Holiday Party was a BIG HIT this year; with more than 300 people R.S.V.P.ing for the event. Snowy roads kept a few at home; but many others turned out for the festive décor, dance floor fun, and of course, the Chinese Auction and Door Prizes. Many OVGH physicians, administrators, and even local businesses went above and beyond this year with their donations, and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank them below:
The OVGH Medical Staff
Bell, Froman, Orsini, Rago & Associates
Michael Bell, M.D.
Stephen Froman, M.D.
Michael Orsini, M.D.
Mary Kendall Rago, M.D.
Center for Digestive Health & Nutrition
Lester Stine, M.D.
Greater Pittsburgh Medical Associates
C. D. Ladani, M.D.
Kaushik P. Patel, M.D.
Supritha A. Shetty, M.D.
Drs. Sauer & Leibensperger, Family Practice, P.C.
Gary G. Sauer, M.D.
Stephen Leibensperger, M.D.
Amber R. Elway, D.O.
Stacie McKnight, D.O.
West Hills Medical Providers
Gene Battistella, D.O.
Michael Notte, M.D.
Pittsburgh Pain Physicians
Ankur Gosalia, M.D.
David DeChellis, M.D.
South Hills Pulmonary Associates
Huwaida El Hillal Mansour, M.D., Business Fit
William Kunsman, M.D.
Bijo Thomas, M.D.
Robert Yellenik, M.D.
Syed Ali, M.D
Samina Naseer, M.D.
Bradley Levinson, M.D.
Rina Ghandi, M.D.
A. “Chuck” Lupariello, M.D.
Ryon Hurh, M.D.
Philip Georgevich, M.D.
Jalit Tuchinda, M.D.
Maher Ayyash, M.D.
Michael E. Lally, M.D.
Janette Partezana, M.D.
OVGH President and CEO David Scott
And Movement City of Pittsburgh
Check out our Facebook Page for pictures of the event!
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.