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Monongahela Valley Hospital's Light-Up Night Entertains Community

Monongahela Valley Hospital's 29th Annual Light-Up Night celebration photo

At Monongahela Valley Hospital's 29th Annual Light-Up Night celebration Nov. 25, these two lucky boys were chosen to flip the giant light switch to light up the Christmas decorations throughout several acres of the hospital's campus. From left, Hunter Bright, age 7, of Monongahela, and Randy Molek, age 9, of Coal Center. Hunter's grandmother, Jayne Bright, and Randy's mother, Julie Henry, are both RNs who work at MVH.
(November 27, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas carols, decorations and a seven-foot-tall Frosty the Snowman entertained patients watching from their windows as well as families from the community gathered at Monongahela Valley Hospital's 29th Annual Light-Up Night on Nov. 25.

After President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr.'s message, the evening's grand moment came as two lucky boys flipped the giant light switch, illuminating the two-story tree and several acres of decorations throughout campus.

Randomly chosen from among MVH employees' children and grandchildren ages 5 to 10, the children who flipped the giant switch were:

  • Hunter Bright, age 7, grandson of Jayne Bright, and son of Ashley Milton and Jason Bright, all of Monongahela. Hunter's stepfather is Steve Milton of Monongahela and his little brother is Parker, age 1.
  • Randy Molek, age, 9, son of Julie Henry and Randy Molek, and stepson of Gary Henry, all of Coal Center. Randy's sister Marissa, age 2, also attended.

Jayne Bright and Julie Henry are both RNs who work at MVH in the Electroencephalography (EEG) department and the Operating Rooms, respectively.

"So, here we are gathered again as a community - physicians, volunteers, employees, neighbors, our families and guests, as well as patients watching from their rooms," said Mr. Panza. "On behalf of myself and our 1,200 employees, I want to wish you a happy holiday season and tell you how pleased we are that you are here to kick off the 2013 Christmas season with us."

New at this year's event was a train display in the hospital lobby and an ensemble from the Monessen High School marching band that led Santa and Mrs. Claus to campus.

The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc., sold baked goods and Joseph's Nursery & Garden Center in Monessen donated and distributed light-up Christmas trees and Santa wands to the children.

Visit MVH's Facebook page to view the photo album from the event.

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