OVH and HVHS Complete Affiliation

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.

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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.

Simply Having a Wonderful OVH Time

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!

 

 

Angel Tree

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!

Ohio Valley Hospital’s 8th Annual “A Toast to the Community”

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

Heritage Valley Health System and Ohio Valley Hospital

Gallagher Home Health Services

Corporate Sponsors

Affinity Health Services

Aramark

Canon

Dell, Moser, Lane & Loughney, LLC

Fragasso Financial Advisors

Healogics

HealthTrust

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Konica Minolta

Med Express

Merry X-Ray

Ponder & Co.

The Reschini Group

Source 1 Healthcare Solutions

Telecare Corporation

Medical Sponsors

The Ohio Valley Hospital Medical Staff

Advanced Diagnostic Pathology Associates

Brighton Radiology

ENT & Allergy Specialists of WPA, P.C.

Northwest EMS

Partners in Family Care, P.C.

PT Unlimited

Sewickley Eye Group

Three Rivers Endoscopy Center

Chocolate Sponsor

This year, we were thrilled to give each departing guest a taste of Betsy Ann Chocolates; graciously sponsored by Laurelcare Treatment Services

2018 Graduating Classes Come Out on Top

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.

For more information on our School of Nursing program, which recently partnered with California University, visit here.

 


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.

For more information on our School of Radiography program, which is partnered with La Roche College, visit here.

 

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 Reopened!

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:

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More than 230 Participants Turn Out to “Run This Town” At 37th Annual 5K!

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!

2018 Race Results

For more information on next year’s race.

38th Annual OVH/Kennedy Township 5K

Spring has Sprung at OVH’s Diabetes Day

2018 marked a decade’s worth of Diabetes Days at Ohio Valley Hospital (OVH)! On a snowy Spring Equinox, we kicked off the season with this well-attended gathering. One hundred and fifty attendees made their way to our campus for the annual event, which unites community members living with chronic illnesses, and those who strive to live a healthier life. Susan Zikos, RN, LDN, CDE, the OVH Diabetes Coordinator and co-planner of Diabetes Day, does this through lectures, food demonstrations, free health tests, local vendors, and much more!

Those who attend every year know that they can get a free A1c test, along with blood pressure tests, a Dexa Scan, and a foot check. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Diabetes Day, Ohio Valley Hospital added a cholesterol test as well! The new test wasn’t the only add-on, however. The popular event took over the entire first floor of the OVH School of Nursing campus, adding in an expert panel called, “Diabetes Prevention and Lifestyle Management,” made up of professionals from our Physician Services group and Medical Office Building, and an Information Area chock-full of must-reads on diabetes health care and healthy living.

45th District Representative Anita Kulik attended the event and took advantage of the free testing.

For the first time, our School of Nursing students got involved in the event. From assisting with paperwork to performing glucometer readings, it was a way for future RN’s to get to know the community they may serve! Valerie Gaydosh, Director of the OVH School of Nursing, was thrilled to incorporate her students into Diabetes Day. She says it “gave our freshman students an opportunity to reinforce learning of diabetes concepts by attending the event, while our senior students got the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge by assisting professionals in different areas. All in all, it is a terrific learning experience for all the students involved, and we were thrilled to be a part of it!”

Speaking of community, 2018 was the first time a Community Room was added, in addition to the usual auditorium of vendor tables, “to bring the community more into focus,” says Director of Marketing, Megan Hinds, the event co-planner. The purpose of this room is to encourage interaction between attendees and “local groups, whose goals focus not just on healthcare, but positive community change.”

So what is diabetes, and why does OVH put a spotlight on this condition? Diabetes is part of a cluster of conditions called metabolic syndrome which includes increased blood pressure, excess body fat around the waist, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. When these conditions occur together there is an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. As part of the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment first done back in 2013, it was determined that this chronic disease was one on the rise in our area. Zikos hopes that, “by making people more aware of this possibility, we can decrease these conditions in our population.”

Zikos explains that community members benefit greatly from this event because “people who attend see many others who are dealing with the same things that they are dealing with.  It is a comfort to know that you are not alone in your struggles.”

We look forward to growing and this event even more in the coming years, and can’t wait to get started planning our 11th Diabetes Day next spring! If you want more information about next year’s event, keep checking our Events section on our website. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for more pictures! If you have any event feedback, please send us a message on our Contact Us page.

 

 

 

Runners, It’s Cold Outside

Athletes from all over the world are currently braving brutally cold temperatures at the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea. According to NPR, the high on Tuesday was a mere 11 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill that was, “inconsiderate of the basic needs of both humans and journalists.” These conditions can make competing difficult for the athletes. While the temperatures have not been quite as cold in Pittsburgh, with an average temperature of 26 degrees Farhenheit for the month of January according to Weather Underground, it can still cause some setbacks for those preparing for the warmer months.

 

 

The winter season is the time to start training for 5K’s, like our annual run in May. Whether you’re an experienced or first time runner, preparing in the winter months can be challenging. While you may think you’re strictly limited to the treadmill, training outside is still an option, so long as you use precaution and follow these tips:

 

Don’t Push It

Technically, you can train outside in any temperature or wind chill. According to active.com, on days where the risk of hypothermia or frostbite is high, stay closer to home or an area that you are comfortable with. In case of an emergency or injury, there is a better chance that you will be able to get help. It’s always a good idea to carry a cell phone with you. If you feel uncomfortable in those brisk temperatures, make it a quick run or just stick to a treadmill or indoor track.

 

Preparing For The Run

In planning for the cold run, warm yourself up inside so that the cold air will feel inviting. This can easily be done through household activities. Trainfora5k.com suggests activities such as stairs or jumping jacks. Remember, there is a fine line between warming up and starting to sweat, as the latter will only make you colder outside. Additionally, apply chapstick to the lips and vaseline to the face to prevent your skin from drying in the wind.

 

 

Stay Hydrated

You always hear people telling others to “stay hydrated” during the summer months, but what about during the winter? It turns out that staying hydrated in the winter is just as important! Active.com say the cold air can be dry and suppress your thirst, which is why it is essential to drink water or a sports drink before, during, and after your workout.

 

Dress Appropriately

While it may seem logical to layer up and wear a winter coat for your run that is exactly how not to dress. According to trainfora5k.com, a bunch of warm cotton layers will trap the heat in your body very quickly, making you sweaty and actually causing you to chill. Ideal clothing for winter runs are items specifically made from fabrics that are breathable and keep you dry, such as our OVH and Kennedy Township 5K dri-fit shirts! These thinner layers will also allow you to move more easily. Having an outer layer that is wind and water repellant is very beneficial and you should always cover as much exposed skin as possible. Additionally, having shoes without mesh will help keep the snow out. You should be somewhat cold when you step outside because your body will heat up quickly from the movement.

 

One more tip to consider, is what time of the day you will be running. With shorter daylight hours in the winter, be prepared to run with lights or reflective gear so that you will be seen by other pedestrians as well as cars.

 

How Fast Should You Run?

Winter running should be done at an easier and slower pace. This helps build strength and reduces risk of injury. Additionally, running at a slower pace (and lower heart rate) burns more fat than running as fast as you can. This will help condition you during the cold months in preparation for spring. If the temperatures are too extreme, reserve your shorter runs for outside and keep the longer runs inside.

 

 

 

Post-Run

Congrats, you did it! Immediately after your run, trainfora5k.com says you should change clothes to remove the wet and sweaty layers. You should also grab a warm drink as your internal body temperature will start to drop.

 

Now that you have these great tips, it’s time to get out there! It’s never too early to start training for the spring race season. Speaking of….not yet registered for our 37th Annual Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5K? The race will take place on Saturday, May 12th at 8am rain or shine here at the Hospital. Register now or request a paper form by emailing meaton@ohiovalleyhospital.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating CRNA Week at OVH

Here at Ohio Valley Hospital, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs, are a vital part of our surgical team. Since 2000, they have been celebrated nationally during the last full week of January in what is now called National Nurse Anesthetist Week. This week seeks to highlight anesthesia patient safety, as well as the work done by the more than 52,000 CRNAs in the USA!

So, what kind of job does a CRNA have? In addition to the national licensing requirements of a Registered Nurse, they will have a specialized technical skill set and extra educational prerequisites involving the administering of anesthesia. Anesthesia is a medicine given to patients to prevent sensations during potentially painful procedures. This could be a general anesthesia, which puts a patient into a medically-induced coma temporarily, or a local anesthesia, which will numb a specific part of a patient’s body.

CRNA’s will work closely with physicians who administer anesthesia, also known as anesthetists, during surgeries and procedures. They are responsible for working with the patient prior to surgery or a procedure, to determine whether or not they would need anesthesia. CRNA’s also work with the anesthetist in giving the medicine to the patient and then monitoring the patient’s vitals.

Each year, nurse anesthetists provide 43 million anesthetics to patients around the U.S.A.!

Ohio Valley Hospital has several CRNA’s on staff. OVH’s Chief CRNA La Jennpher Zevola is proud to work with her crew our 4th floor. “Here at Ohio Valley Hospital, we have an experienced team of caring and competent CRNA’s that work with our anesthesiologists to provide excellent anesthesia care to every patient.” Their team is part of a unit performing more than 5,000 procedures a year.

Thank you, CRNA’s, for all that you do for us! If you would like more information on our Surgical Services, please visit: https://ohiovalleyhospital.org/hospital-services/surgical-services/

“CRNA’s. We are there. Every breath. Every beat. Every second.

– LaJennepher Zevola, CRNA, MSHS

 

Tis the Season for Celebrating at OVH

We love celebrating this most wonderful time of the year at Ohio Valley Hospital. From our festive Main Lobby Christmas tree -decked out in OVH blue and green, of course- to our lineup of holiday parties in December, spirits sure have been merry and bright in Kennedy Township. 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 Holiday Party

Kicking off our 2017 social calendar of festivities, we held our Annual OVH Holiday Party at a new location: Heinz Field! A gorgeous sunset view from the Hyundai Club provided a picturesque background for photos in the Steelers Santa chair (everyone knows Santa cheers for the Black & Gold). With our largest turnout yet, 520 guests enjoyed a delicious dinner of chicken, beef, mixed vegetables, and fingerling potatoes, topped off by a luscious chocolate cake! Employees had the chance to win prizes in our annual raffle drawing, such as an iPad, Kate Spade handbag, gift card tree, Kitchen Aid Mixer, and fire pit. OVH’s own DJ, Stormin’ Norman, celebrated his birthday that night and got everyone out on the dance floor.

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Special thanks to our Holiday Party planning team!

Angel Tree

Another tradition at OVH is the Angel Tree outside our cafeteria. Each ornament features a community member in need of a little extra holiday magic. We worked with Focus on Renewal to provide gifts for 58 adults and children this year!

Seniority Holiday Party

Making seasons bright at Olivia’s, our Seniority group held their annual holiday soirée. Tasty chicken, pasta, and veggies followed by a delectable cake completed the meal. Members of Seniority enjoyed a magic show by the Al-mazing magician and a chance to win raffle baskets.

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 2018 by joining us at Seniority!

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Medical Staff and Department Director Holiday Party

Medical Staff members and Department Directors had the chance to relax and enjoy the season with their annual holiday fete. The intricate ice sculpture was a focal point that evening, reflecting the winter wonderland happening outside. The shimmering gold shades paired with rich, deep burgundy hues provided a fun yet traditional holiday look. Nutrition Services provided yummy dishes, some with a Pittsburgh history, including pierogies and the famous Duquesne Club Crab Hoezel, while Pittsburgh favorite Nakama served up fresh, hand-rolled sushi.

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Volunteer Holiday Party

Just like Santa’s workshop can’t run without elves, OVH couldn’t do take care of our patients without our amazing volunteers. Some have given more than 12,000 hours of their time over the last several years! To say thanks for a wonderful year, our volunteers enjoyed a delicious luncheon prepared by OVH Nutrition Services. From a celebrated green jello salad to raffles including an Alex and Ani bracelet, Steelers prize pack, and gift cards, it was a fun Friday for all!

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Sarris Pretzel Day

Kids wait for Santa every Christmas Eve; everyone at OVH waits for Sarris Pretzel Day toward the end of December! Sarris chocolate-covered pretzels are a holiday tradition for many Pittsburghers, including our family at OVH! Our Administration gifts each employee with a container of the delicious treat. Everyone was so excited to receive their holiday-inspired tub. We wonder how many employees still have some left?

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Administration and Department Directors Breakfast

OVH leadership enjoyed a filling and scrumptious breakfast prepared by our Nutrition Services department. Everyone dined on Eggs Benedict Florentine, French toast casserole, apple smoked bacon, and a variety of juice and coffee beverages.

Sto Rox School District Card Delivery

5th and 6th grade Sto-Rox Elementary School Student Councillors know it’s better to give than to receive this holiday season! Spreading cheer through our Med Surg and MCU/ICU units, students delivered handmade holiday cards and copies of their school newspaper for patients to enjoy.

Dr. Tuchinda Farewell Party

This holiday season hasn’t been 100% jolly. We said so long and Happy Retirement to one of our primary care physicians and cardiologist, Dr. Jalit Tuchinda. He’s been serving this community for forty years. Wishing you the best in retirement, Dr. Tuchinda!

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From all of us at OVH, we wish you a happy and healthy 2018!