The best way to kick off 3.1 miles is to feel fully energized. That’s why Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township’s 38th annual 5K once again offered delicious energy bars to the 259 runners and walkers who took part in this year’s race. Made by OVH’s Head Chef Tom DiGori, the bars are snapped up in minutes year after year before participants take off on our hilly course.
Due to multiple requests for this delicious pre-race snack, Chef Tom has agreed to share his recipe! Feel free to share with us pictures of your own attempts to make this delightful, tasty, and best of all HEALTHY treat!
OVH’s Own Energy Bars:
- ½ cup of dry roasted; salted peanuts
- ½ cup of roasted sunflower seeds, or other chopped nuts as desired
- 2 cups of raisins, or other chopped dried fruit as desired
- 2 cups of rolled or instant oats
- 2 cups of toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
- ¼ cup of toasted wheat germ (optional)
- ½ cup of creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter
- ½ cup of packed brown sugar
- ½ cup of light corn syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Active Prep: 15 minutes
- Ready In: 1 hour, 15 minutes
- Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Combine the peanuts, sunflower seeds (or other nuts), raisins (or other dried fruits), oats, rice cereal and wheat germ (if using) into a large bowl.
- Combine peanut butter, brown sugar and corn syrup (or honey) into a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on High until bubbling; 1 to 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until fully-coated.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan. Press down mixture firmly into pan. (It helps to coat your fingers with cooking spray.) Let dish stand for about 1 hour to harden. Cut into bars.
Individually wrap each bar in plastic and keep at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can also freeze them for up to 1 month; thaw at room temperature.
If you feel like making these energy bars at home, send us a picture of your attempt! You just might see it on our social media pages!
Whether you are a world-class runner or walking 3.1 miles for the first time in months, what you put into your body leading up to race day is important. As you prepare for the 38th annual Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 11, 2019, it is important to stick to meal planning that will help you achieve your fitness goals.
First, do not skip meals! Running or walking on an empty stomach can lead to fatigue, possible sickness or even injury. According to Susan Zikos, Ohio Valley Hospital’s Outpatient Dietitian, “A healthy diet with fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish, high fiber carbohydrates and beans and legumes should give a person the nutritional edge they need to successfully complete the race and improve their general well-being.”
The Night Before
According to Active.com, many runners assume that a “carbo load” of huge plates of pasta leading up to race day is the best way to get results. However, what you are really doing is consuming more carbohydrates than what your body can properly breakdown before an 8 am race. Having too much food in the stomach can slow you down and even make you sick. Eating light snacks is actually a better choice; providing your body with enough energy to compete.
So what should you eat the night before? Fitness Magazine recommends that you eat a meal of Lean Beef, which is full of iron, or wild salmon, made up of heart-healthy Omega-3 fats.
Best Day Of, Pre-Race Choices
On race day (remember, May 11!), if you have not pre-registered, please arrive between 6:30 am – 7:45 am. If you have already signed up, arrive prior to road closures at 7:45 am. Either way, make time to eat breakfast prior to the race. Susan says the time to eat some carbohydrates is right before you compete.
“The focus here is on simple, easy-to-digest carbohydrates, like a banana or English muffin with jam, think 200 to 300 calories.” At the starting line, there will be plenty of bananas and oranges to help runners avoid cramping. There will also be specially made energy bars courtesy of Ohio Valley Hospital Chef Tom DeGori. Get one early as they run out quickly!
It is not just important to eat well; you must remember to stay hydrated. According to Runnersworld.com, participants want to show up to the race having had plenty of fluids. That means you should be sipping water minutes before the race begins.
With our 38th annual 5K kicking off at 8 am, those lower morning temperatures should help you stay hydrated. There will be two water stations located on the 1st and 2nd miles of the race for participants in need of a break or a drink while dashing past.
After your race comes to a close, it’s going to be important to replenish your body with plenty of electrolytes. Powerade will be plentiful at our after party along with tunes provided by DJ Stormin’ Norman. We will also have chips, delivering salt that can help you avoid muscle cramping; bagels, for those post-race carbohydrates you are craving; and donuts as a reward for your hard work.
Eating the right foods and sticking to a meal plan will make your race more enjoyable. We hope these tips help you better prepare for the Ohio Valley Hospital / Kennedy Township 5K on May 11. We look forward to seeing you there! To register go to our website.
Ohio Valley Hospital held its 11th annual Diabetes Day on March 21, 2019. This year was our most well attended event to date with nearly 200 attendees gathered in the Hospital’s School of Nursing building for free screenings, informational lectures, and health and wellness resources.
The main goal of the 2019 Diabetes Day was to inspire attendees to “turn over a new leaf” when it came to an improved lifestyle outlook. This year’s event specifically highlighted the prevention of diabetes complications. However, the annual event is not only designed for people living with diabetes. Beyond the primary focus on teaching and assessing diabetes risk factors, symptoms, and complications, Diabetes Day also benefits those interested in leading a healthier lifestyle.
Free health screenings including DEXA foot checks, blood pressure and BMI readings were popular. The free cholesterol and A1c screenings were the biggest draw of the event. Susan Zikos, RN, LDN, CDE, OVH Outpatient Dietitian and Diabetes Educator explained, “These tests help people understand the importance of follow-up care in diabetes management.”
Diabetes Day presenters helped attendees understand aspects of this chronic disease. Ohio Valley Hospital physicians, Dr. Monica Chopra, primary care physician, Dr. Kaye-Anne Newton, endocrinologist, and Michael Dorben, dietetic intern, provided informative lectures on the latest trends in diabetes care, heart health as it relates to diabetes, and helpful tips for a healthier lifestyle. These lectures were standing room only!
The Community Room displayed resources with a focus on bringing health and wellness to our area, including the YMCA and Focus on Renewal. The general room offered attendees the opportunity to chat with various vendors offering diabetes supplies, services, samples, information packets, and giveaways.
The most delicious part of the day featured “Choose This, Not That,” a live grocery shopping demonstration, and “Cook This, Not That,” a live cooking demonstration. OVH Nutrition Services Chef Tom DeGori simmered a nutritious, flavorful Tuscan white bean soup for everyone to sample.
After completing a challenge card comprised of visiting various rooms and lectures, attendees were entered to win a Westinghouse 3.7 quart air fryer donated by Ohio Valley Hospital’s Diabetes Education department. All Diabetes Day attendees were winners as every person left with a better understanding of how healthy living leads to better diabetes management.
“It is hard to ‘connect the dots’ about diabetes self-care without help,” said Zikos. “Ohio Valley Hospital’s Diabetes Day helps to connect those dots and answer peoples’ questions about diabetes.”
For more information about diabetes education, please contact Susan Zikos, at 412-777-6205 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about next year’s event, check the Events section on our website. More pictures will be posted on our Facebook page. If you have any event feedback, please send us a message on our Contact Us page.
Ohio Valley Hospital (OVH) loves our volunteer base. This dedicated group helps to keep us running as a well-oiled machine. The 2019 National Volunteer Week runs from April 7th through the 13th. It is a time for us to appreciate and honor the hard work of our team, made up of 100 volunteers! During this esteemed week, we would like to introduce two of our stellar community members who have given a lot of their time to Ohio Valley Hospital, Grace and Kay!
After working in a hospital setting for 25 years, Grace began volunteering as an OVH front desk greeter in 1988. She had no idea that she would be volunteering at the same hospital more than 30 years later. Grace stayed because she enjoys meeting and talking with people, as well as feeling productive, or, as she puts it, “I feel useful.” Grace has consistently been a loyal and dedicated hospital volunteer who she commits to doing her best.
What’s her volunteer tagline? “If you say you are going to do it, do it,” she says.
From patient room service to clerical duties, Kay has spent the last 30 years volunteering at OVH, and has seen the development of the hospital over the years. She’s served in different buildings with a long history of employees and fellow volunteers, and has enjoyed her time thus far. Simply put, she likes it, because, “Volunteering at the hospital gives me the chance to meet and help people.”
OVH’s volunteer program allows for community members to serve in different areas of the hospital in roles they would feel the most comfortable with, from greeting people at the Front Desk, to performing clerical work for the School of Nursing. We’d love to find you a role that suits your interests!
If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out an online volunteer application, or contact our Community Services Coordinator at 412-777-6359.
Ohio Valley Hospital and Heritage Valley Health System Complete Affiliation
After receiving final regulatory approval, Ohio Valley Hospital and Heritage Valley Health System have officially joined together. The two not-for-profit healthcare institutions share the common mission of bringing high-quality, cost effective healthcare to their now-combined communities. By unifying the organizations, the enlarged health system can expand their footprint to further meet the healthcare needs of the region.
“We are looking forward to what the future holds for Ohio Valley Hospital by joining forces with an organization like Heritage Valley, that we highly respect and trust,” said Mark Brennan, Chair of the Board of Ohio Valley Hospital.
Ohio Valley Hospital is now a subsidiary of Heritage Valley Health System. Both Boards of Directors have collaborated over the past year to develop an agreement that best meets the needs of the community and patients who are served by Ohio Valley Hospital.
The alignment is expected to enable Ohio Valley Hospital to enhance its medical staff, expand clinical services and fund future capital projects. Ohio Valley Hospital, like many independent community hospitals, has been challenged over past years by increasing operating costs and decreasing reimbursement. “Our priority has always been, and will continue to be, to provide and increase quality healthcare for our community members,” said Brennan. “Affiliating with Heritage Valley Health System will allow us to do just that.”
“Heritage Valley is very pleased and honored to have Ohio Valley join our integrated healthcare organization,” said Lynn George, PhD, Chair of Heritage Valley Health System Board of Directors. “Our Board unanimously supported the affiliation and identical to Ohio Valley Hospital’s Board, remains committed to high quality, cost effective, locally accessible community healthcare.”
For more information, please contact Suzanne Sakson, Heritage Valley Health System at 412-749-7454 or Megan Hinds, Ohio Valley Hospital at 412-777-6365.
About Ohio Valley Hospital Ohio Valley Hospital is a 124-bed, not-for-profit hospital, with more than 250 physicians in 26 medical specialties and a full range of advanced diagnostic tools and treatments. First established in the 1890s as a place to treat railroad workers, Ohio Valley Hospital now features a wide range of medical and surgical services. Today, it is Ohio Valley Hospital’s mission to provide programs and services that improve the quality of life for community members across its service area. The staff strives to provide caring, cost-effective and friendly health care, and views safety and quality as top priorities. For more information about Ohio Valley Hospital, please visit www.ohiovalleyhospital.org.
About Heritage Valley Health System Heritage Valley Health System is a $480 million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 3,500 employees and more than 480 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver; in 60 physician offices; and 18 community satellite facilities. For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year at Ohio Valley Hospital! There’s plenty of holiday cheer to go around as we celebrate the season with our OVH family. From festive parties and delicious treats, as well as opportunities to give back to our community, keeping spirits merry and bright this December has been a piece of (fruit)cake! From all of us at Ohio Valley Hospital, Senior Living at The Willows, The Wound Care Center, The Pain Treatment Center, Ohio Valley Physician Services, and the Ohio Valley Hospital Schools, we wish you all a joyful holiday season!
OVH Employee Holiday Party
We kicked off a December to remember with our Annual OVH Employee Holiday Party. Heinz Field’s Hyundai Club served as the venue for the second year, and it didn’t disappoint! Guests loved posing for pictures on a black and gold themed Santa chair. A beautiful Christmas tree and cascading strands of lights and garland was a gorgeous backdrop for the festive event! More than 400 guests dined on chicken, beef, mixed vegetables, and fingerling potatoes, followed by a decadent vanilla cheesecake. OVH’s own DJ Stormin’ Norman got everyone on the dance floor after dinner for some dancing and prancing.
Seniority Holiday Party
Members of OVH Seniority* community group gathered together at Olivia’s in Kennedy Township for their annual holiday celebration. The soiree began with a delicious lunch of chicken, pasta, potatoes, and vegetables. A Santa-approved Bavarian crème topped cake stuffed with strawberries served as dessert. To finish off the merry meal, members welcomed an afternoon of laughs from entertainer Joe Marotta. His holiday song stylings had all attendees clapping, singing-and even dancing-along!
*What is Seniority? A social group that’s open to ANYONE over the age of 50. A one-time $25 membership fee includes access to member-only perks, such as our monthly meetings, tri-annual newsletter, exercise programs, health classes, and parties like this one! Start your healthy and happy 2019 by joining us at Seniority!
Volunteer Holiday Party
Santa’s sleigh won’t fly without Christmas magic, just like OVH wouldn’t be the same without the help of our amazing volunteers. They have given so many hours of their time providing care for our patients. To say thank you for another wonderful year, volunteers celebrated with a holiday luncheon prepared by OVH Nutrition Services.
Medical Staff and Department Directors Holiday Party
It’s important for everyone to slow down and savor the season. Medical Staff members, Board Members, Administration, and Department Directors were invited to a divine soiree that included a gorgeous color-changing ice sculpture, sparkly décor, and a delicious spread of sweet and savory dishes prepared by Nutrition Services. The delightful Japanese restaurant Nakama was on-site rolling fresh, made-to-order sushi rolls, which were definitely a crowd pleaser!
Administration and Department Directors Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it’s prepared by Chef Tom of our Nutrition Services department and his amazing team! From caramelized, banana-topped French Toast to breakfast burritos, each dish was more delicious than the last. The freshly-squeezed Blood Orange Juice was a favorite of the morning!
Betsy Ann Pretzel Day
Chocolate-covered pretzels have been a coveted tradition at OVH for years! Everyone looks forward to this day (maybe more than any other holiday!) in which Administration gifts this sought-after package to employees. This year everyone received a beautiful gold box filled with Betsy Ann chocolate-covered pretzels. We don’t think they lasted too long…
School of Nursing Ugly Sweater Day
Is it really the holiday season if you weren’t asked to participate in an Ugly Sweater Day? OVH School of Nursing students and faculty donned their gay apparel for a festively-themed dress day. Talk about school spirit!
Through the fun and parties, it’s important to give back to our community and make sure they have a happy holiday season, too. Through Focus on Renewal and Partners for Quality, we were able to help 55 children and adults feel a little extra holiday magic this year by having our employees purchase gifts off of their “wish lists.”
President and CEO David Scott, FACHE Retirement Party
Along with Happy Holidays, another phrase we had to say this season was goodbye. After 33 years, our President and CEO David Scott, FACHE is retiring in 2019. We celebrated his years of service and said farewell with a party that included cake, ice cream sundaes, and famous OVH punch. Employees also had the opportunity to pose for photos with the president in our photo booth. Thank you, Mr. Scott, for your dedication to OVH!
He is not the only one retiring. Doris Hettish, a Respiratory Therapist who recently celebrated 51 years at the hospital is leaving at the end of 2018. Thank you, Doris, for your years of service!
As we wrap up another holiday season, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2019!
For more photos from our holiday happenings, please visit our Facebook page!
Warm shades of burgundy, dazzling champagne touches, and a candlelit ambiance greeted more than 300 attendees at Ohio Valley Hospital’s 8th Annual “A Toast to the Community.” The wine tasting was held on October 12th at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. The guest list included community members, members of the Hospital Board and Administration, and Hospital staff.
Guests had the opportunity to sample various Chairman’s Selection® Wines and unique craft beers. Some favorites of the night were Secondo Tempo Pinot Grigio Valdadige, Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel, and Tenuta Di Burchino II Burchino Toscana. The craft brews on tap featured Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Cherry Cordial Imperial Stout and Rusty Rail Brewing Company’s Fool’s Gold Peanut Butter Hefeweizen. Cinnamon sugar-rimmed glasses of Elysian Brewing Company’s Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, paired with candy corn, was the perfect sweet fall treat! We were thrilled to have our School of Nursing and School of Radiography students volunteer at this event! They really helped make this year’s Wine Tasting a success.
The smooth jazz sounds of the Teddy Pantelas Trio set the mood for the evening. Along with wine and craft brew samples, guests enjoyed delicious, savory food stations and tried their luck on fabulous raffle prizes.
Along with Ohio Valley Hospital, Heritage Valley Health System and Gallagher Home Health Services served as Premier Sponsors for the event. Additional sponsorships from local organizations made “A Toast to the Community” quite the success! Top sponsors included the Ohio Valley Hospital Medical Staff, Telecare Corporation, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ponder & Co., and Partners in Family Care.
Proceeds from this event will proudly fund community health initiatives, such as the Hospital’s annual Diabetes Day, 38th annual 5K, and Depression Screenings.
For more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page!
Thank you to our 2018 Wine Tasting Sponsors!
Our Premier Sponsors
This year, we were thrilled to give each departing guest a taste of Betsy Ann Chocolates; graciously sponsored by Laurelcare Treatment Services
The work it takes to become a Registered Nurse or a Radiologic Technician is no easy feat.
That’s why Ohio Valley Hospital is excited to announce that our 2018 Graduating Classes for our School of Nursing AND our School of Radiography have had 100% pass rates on their board exams!
School of Nursing
In 2018, our School of Nursing diploma program took students 21 months to complete. Upon graduating in May, they were eligible to sit for the NCLEX Exam, which, if you pass, means you become a full-fledged Registered Nurse. You can not practice as a nurse in the state of Pennsylvania without passing. Of the 81 Pennsylvania schools who sat for this exam, only 9 have had 100% pass rates over the last 4 years.* That is less than 3%! According to School of Nursing Director Valerie Gaydosh:
“This is a significant reflection on our faculty and staff and clearly demonstrates that our institution is presenting what needs to be taught to graduate students, who possess the clinical judgement and critical thinking needed to pass the State Board of Nursing exam.”
Additionally, in the last 4 years* only 2 of the other 9 regional diploma programs in the area received 100% pass rates. Our School of Nursing last had a 100% pass rate in 2011.
School of Radiography
Our School of Radiography has the distinction of earning a 100% pass rate in both 2017 and in 2018! This exclusive program only allows for 9 students to join each incoming class of the 24-month program. Upon graduation, students are eligible to try and pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. The test is made up of four sections focused on Radiography-specific content. This includes Patient Care, Radiation Physics/Radiobiology/Radiation Protection, Image Production, and Imaging Procedures. Passing this certification test means you can add RT (R) after your name, or, more formally, you are now a Registered Technologist of Radiography.
Our School of Radiography’s overall five year registry average is 89%, which is above the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) five year average of 75%. According to our School of Radiography Director, Lori Fazio:
“I’m honored to be the Director of the School of Radiography. I’m also elated and proud of the hard work and dedication the Class of 2018 exuded. The pass rate is a big deal because it exemplifies our school as a combination of dedicated faculty and students that go the extra mile to confirm successful graduates. Also, it hold a standard for the next class to see the prize ahead of the journey.”
The Class of 2018 students may now use the education they’ve gained here as a stepping stone to further their education, as well as to cross-train in a different imaging techniques, such as CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound or Mammography.
Congratulations once again to our School of Nursing and our School of Radiography!
*From 2014-2017. 2018 state statistics are not yet available.
McKees Rocks Road between Hawthorne Drive and the Kennedy Township border has reopened early. The mile-long stretch of pavement closed on May 7th and was initially scheduled to reopen in August. Allegheny County had planned these road updates years ago for 2018. The maintenance schedule coincided recent road issues; part of the road had been ebbing away along the hillside over the last several months. The road was continuously patched until the county project could begin.
Emergency Responder vehicles, patients, and visitors to the hospital were rerouted for just over two months. For more information on how to reach Ohio Valley Hospital, visit our Contact Us page:
Before lacing up your lucky athletic sneakers to take off on a 5K course, you have to consider all of the variables. What will the weather be like? Should you layer your outfit? Is your footwear broken in enough to be comfortable, without having too many miles on the tread? And, in the case of the Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5K, did you train properly to prepare for all of those hills?
This year’s 37th annual race on May 12th was one for the books. More than 230 participants came out to the hospital’s campus to run or walk the hilly course under sunny, blue skies and warm temperatures. Dozens of volunteers, family members, and friends stood along the course with signs and cowbells, cheering them on as participants pounded pavement in the spring heat.
It was a special year for the 5K, as Ohio Valley Hospital’s President and CEO, David W. Scott, FACHE, plans on retiring before the 2019 race. He first became involved with the outing 32 years ago, and has been instrumental in ensuring the race became –and remained- successful. Back in the 90s, he kept the race neighborhood-friendly, while growing it to include participants from all over Western Pennsylvania. He also changed the race from a 10K run/walk/bike event in July to a 5K in May. Today, with a DJ playing as participants start the race, to a full continental breakfast awards ceremony after, many participants consider this local race and all of its ‘perks’ to be one of their favorites; they can thank David Scott for that. Of course, as a fellow runner, he also enjoys actually RUNNING the race. This year, in addition to a plaque honoring his time spent with the race, Scott picked up a 3rd place medal for the time he ran in his age group!
OVH’s President and CEO wasn’t the only race winner, of course. The First Overall Winner of the 37th annual Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5K was Montour graduate Bailey Rotellini, finishing with an impressive time of 18:54! Placing as the Second Overall Male Finisher, Doug Basinski came in at 19:51. The Third Overall Male Finisher, Heath Piper, came in at 20:02. The First Overall Female Finisher, Alysha Bartosh, came in at 21:29. The Second Overall Female Finisher, Shannon McKenzie, finished at 22:22. The Third Overall Female Finisher, Katie Johnston, finished at 23:47.
Several community groups put together teams to take part in the race, including Focus on Renewal in McKees Rocks. The Rehabilitation Services department at Ohio Valley Hospital has a team every year; this year’s race shirt was in honor of a beloved staff member and fellow 5K runner who died last year, Lori Hiney Johnston.
Sponsorships from Clearview Federal Credit Union and Canon paid for race and volunteer shirts; Rosedale Technical College sponsored the DJ; other companies made food donations, and local businesses filled the race packets. This year’s race offered a special musical treat in the form of Jenna Weaver, a classically-trained opera singer, performing the Star Spangled Banner to much applause. DJ David Hopperfield also came out to run the race, and he brought the Froggy van along for the ride!
Next year’s race is likely to be the second Saturday in May once again. Even if he won’t be volunteering, David Scott promises to come back and run. He’ll start preparing for those hills in January 2019; right around the time registration opens for the 38th annual Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5K!
Check out this year’s race results!
For more information on next year’s race.