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Monongahela Valley Hosptial's Auxiliary honors two with scholarships



Alyssa Hamilton displays her Volunteen scholarship award with Auxilian Ruthann Dulovich, who oversees the youth volunteer program at Monongahela Valley Hospital.




Scholarship recipient Kari Spear (in white) poses with Auxilian Ruthann Dulovich.

(June 29, 2012 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Alyssa Mae Hamilton of Monongahela and Kari Ann Spear of Belle Vernon received the 2012 Volunteen Scholarship Awards from the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc., the parent company of Monongahela Valley Hospital.

A graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, Miss Hamilton received the $500 scholarship and commemorative certificate at the Auxiliary’s 34th annual Appreciation Dinner in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at MVH on June 25. Miss Spear, representing Belle Vernon Area High School also received a $500 scholarship.

The award recognizes Volunteens at Monongahela Valley Hospital and its Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center for their dedication and service.

The teens both met the criteria, having volunteered at the hospital for at least two years and giving a minimum of 100 hours. They also ranked in the top one third of their graduating class and plan to pursue careers in medically-related fields at an accredited school.

Alyssa Hamilton is the daughter of Charles Marciak and Donna Hamilton of Monongahela. Charles is a radiology clerk at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX in Rostraver and Donna is a food service supervisor at MVH in the Nutrition and Food Service Department.

Kari Spear is the daughter of Laurene and Kevin Spear of Belle Vernon. Kevin is a health care account manager for U.S. Foods and Laurene is a homemaker. Kari has two siblings, Adam, age 15, and Sarah, age 12.
Auxilian Ruthann Dulovich of Monongahela presented the awards to the teenagers.

Alyssa volunteered 500 hours over four years in MVH’s Medical Oncology Department and plans to pursue a career in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She was a member of the National Honor Society, the choir, and the yearbook staff; she volunteered at several churches’ vacation Bible schools. She ranked 39 out of 221 in her graduating class and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.780.

Kari also plans to pursue a career in nursing and has been accepted at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. She has volunteered at MVH for the past four years for a total of 200 hours in three different departments, including Infection Control.

In high school, Kari ranked number eight out of 203 students and had a QPA of 3.9483. She was a member of the Medical Interest Club/Students Against Destructive Decisions, the National Honor Society, Art Club and she played in Symphonic Band. She is active in her church services and activities such as Sunday School and vacation Bible school.

“These young ladies are a credit to their families, to their schools and to our hospital,” said Mrs. Dulovich, who coordinates the Volunteen program.

The Auxiliary sponsors the Volunteen program for youth who wish to offer patient services and amenities for the sick, elderly and physically impaired. The program is open to all area high school students who are at least 14 years old or have completed the ninth grade.

Since the inception of the program in 1976, more than 2,000 students have participated. Volunteens are honored with awards for contributing 50, 100 and 200 hours of service. Many Volunteens have gone on to pursue health-related careers. This is only the second time since that two scholarships have been awarded simultaneously. The last time was in 2010.

The Volunteens have various responsibilities in the hospital's Nursing, and Medical Services departments and in the Gift Shop/Snack Bar, which is operated by the Auxiliary. The hospital’s Community Relations, Education and Nursing departments assist the Auxiliary in overseeing the Volunteens.

 



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