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Auxiliary Presents Annual Donation to Monongahela Valley Hospital

Auxiliary Presents Annual Donation to Monongahela Valley Hospital photo

Ruth Antonelli, outgoing president of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Resources, Inc., presented the group's annual contribution to Monongahela Valley Hospital to hospital President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. With the Auxiliary's contribution to the hospital's annual Gala and the group's Volunteen program, the Auxiliary's donation this year totals $54,000.

The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc.'s recent 36th annual dinner photo

During the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc.'s recent 36th annual dinner, members received awards for reaching volunteer hour milestones at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Standing in the two front rows, from left to right are: Margaret Pennline, 5,000 hours; Patricia Hormell and Nancy Eckert, 1,000 hours; Arlene Haney and Diane Shepler, 500 hours; Angela Greco, 1,000 hours; Beverly Jones, 2,500 hours; Amy Brown, Life Membership Award for 25+ years of service; Sarah Santini, 2,500 hours; and Mary Ann Wentz, 1,000 hours. Back row: Judy Bruce, 5,000 hours; Georgetta Wiles and Mary Garris, 10,000 hours; Ruth Antonelli and Audrey Blangger, 2,500 hours and Dorothy Gallagher, 1,000 hours. Absent was Kathleen Mancinelli, 1,000 hours.

Volunteen scholarship recipients Megan R. Planey, of Belle Vernon and Breann N. Clark, of Charleroi photo

Volunteen scholarship recipients Megan R. Planey, of Belle Vernon, (left) and Breann N. Clark, of Charleroi, (right) proudly display the plaques they received recently as part of the $500 scholarships from the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc.
(July 3, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

The members of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc. give their time, energy, and creativity year round to enhance quality patient care at Monongahela Valley Hospital. On June 30, at the 36th annual Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner celebrating the volunteers, the group collectively gave even more.

The Auxiliary made a substantial donation to MVH when its outgoing President Ruth Antonelli presented checks totaling $52,000 to MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. When combined with the funds the group donated to the hospital's annual gala in May and to the annual Volunteen Scholarship, the Auxiliary's 2014 donation climbs to $54,000.

This year's gift brings the Auxiliary's 36-year donation total to MVH to more than $3,179,000.

"On behalf of our employees, physicians, board of trustees and most importantly our patients, I extend our sincere appreciation to each and every one of you for your untiring efforts in raising these funds for our hospital," said Mr. Panza. "This is truly another prime example of how you excel in one of the major roles that you play here at Mon Valley Hospital - and that is fundraising."

The group generated the funds for this donation through sales at the MVH Gift Shop and with a multitude of special events held throughout the year, including the Annual Strawberry Festival, an ice cream social, clothes and purse sales, Gyro and candy sales and the Annual Apple Fall Festival.

The Auxiliary's donation will be used for several enhancements that will benefit patients and their families. MVH will purchase integrated vital sign machines which take the patients' blood pressure and pulse with greater accuracy and efficiency, and transfers the vitals into the patients' electronic records. Other enhancements include televisions and new upholstery for the Emergency Department. A portion of the donation will be used as part of the five-year pledge to the hospital's Capital Campaign.

During the celebration, awards were also presented to Auxiliary members who reached milestone hours of volunteer time at MVH. Recipients included:

  • Amy Brown, Life Membership Award of 25 years+ service
  • Mary Garris, 10,000 hours
  • Georgetta Wiles, 10,000 hours
  • Judy Bruce, 5,000 hours
  • Margaret Pennline, 5,000 hours
  • Ruth Antonelli, 2,500 hours
  • Audrey Blangger, 2,500 hours
  • Beverly Jones, 2,500 hours
  • Sarah Santini, 2,500 hours
  • Nancy Eckert, 1,000 hours
  • Dorothy Gallagher, 1,000 hours
  • Angela Greco, 1,000 hours
  • Patricia Hormell, 1,000 hours
  • Kathleen Mancinelli, 1,000 hours
  • Mary Ann Wentz, 1,000 hours
  • Arlene Haney, 500 hours
  • Diane Shepler, 500 hours

The Auxiliary also presented two $500 Volunteen Scholarships to two outstanding young women who volunteered at the hospital for a combined 409 hours. The awardees were in the top one third of their graduating class, volunteered at least 100 hours over two years and plan to pursue a health care related career.

The first scholarship was awarded to Megan R. Planey, a recent graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School. Miss Planey volunteered 239 hours over three years in the SameDay Surgery department and in other areas of the hospital. A resident of Belle Vernon, she plans to pursue a career as a physician's assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. Her parents are Richard and Regina Planey, and she has one sister, Lauren, age 16.

The second Volunteen Scholarship was presented to Charleroi Area High School graduate Breann N. Clark. Miss Clark plans to pursue a career in nursing at Waynesburg University. She has volunteered at MVH for the past four years for a total of 170 hours in SameDay Surgery and several other departments. She lives in Charleroi. She is the daughter of William and Beverly Clark and has a sister, Bayley, age 16.

After the awards presentation, Auxiliary officers were installed for the 2014-2016 term. They are: President Kay Blair; Past President Ruth Antonelli; Vice President Martha Durinsky; Recording Secretary Mary Lou Mudrick; Corresponding Secretary Dolly Gaudio; Treasurer Pat Mikula; Recording Treasurer Dorothy Gallagher; Finance Officer Mary Garris; Assistant Finance Officer Lillian Nard; and Assistant Treasurer Georgetta Wiles.

Mr. Panza also presented a gift mirror with a rendering of the hospital campus to Ruth Antonelli in appreciation of her four years in office as president.

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