Monongahela Valley Hosptial's Auxiliary honors
two with scholarships
(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
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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