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Spotlight on Giving

Drink Pink at Local McDonald's to Fight Breast Cancer photo
Drink Pink at Local McDonald's to Fight Breast Cancer
This fall order a "pink drink" from one of six local McDonald's Restaurants and the proceeds will go to the MVH/Lois Orange Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk aiding the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer at Monongahela Valley Hospital. The "Drink Pink" campaign began last year when Joe and Joni Carone, owners of six McDonald's restaurants in the Mon Valley region, decided to take proceeds of "pink drinks" (strawberry milkshakes and strawberry-banana smoothies) from the McCafe menu and donate it to MVH. Read more & share.
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Range Resources Invests in Mon Valley Communities' Health photo
Range Resources Invests in Mon Valley Communities' Health
Marcellus Shale pioneer Range Resources provided a $50,000 gift to Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) to renovate and standardize the 24 Emergency Department treatment rooms at the Carroll Township hospital. The gift was presented during an event at MVH that was attended by Pennsylvania Senator Camera Bartolotta, Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan and Harlan Shober as well as leadership from Range Resources and MVH. Read more & share.
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Penn State Fayette Supports MVH's Cancer Center photo
Penn State Fayette Supports MVH's Cancer Center
Students from Penn State Fayette recently made a donation to Monongahela Valley Hospital's (MVH) Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The proceeds came from a Pink Out event at an October volleyball game to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Read more & share.
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Comedy Helps Start New Service at Mon Valley Hospital photo
Comedy Helps Start New Service at Mon Valley Hospital
Laurie Chester, a two-time cancer survivor who works in the Human Resources Department at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH), sponsored a comedy event to raise funds for the recently opened Wig Salon in the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The salon is a new service and certified by the American Cancer Society. It provides wigs and other accessories to people undergoing cancer treatment therapy at no charge. Read more & share.
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Cal U Student-Athletes Raise Money for MVH photo
Cal U Student-Athletes Raise Money for MVH
The California University of PA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held their annual Pink Out fundraiser to raise money for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. During Breast Cancer Awareness month, students, family members, faculty and spectators helped to raise over $1,000. Read more & share.
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Volunteers Donate Dignity Robes to MVH Cancer Center photo
Volunteers Donate Dignity Robes to MVH Cancer Center
A group of parishioners from Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora have made another donation of handmade dignity robes for breast cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospitals' Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The recent donation of 11 robes was given to Medical Oncology for the first time. Prior donations were made to Radiation Oncology. "The compassion and hard work put into these gowns is evident in every stitch. Our patients will feel that love when they wear them," said Lisa Eicher, MSN, RN, OCN, MVH oncology nurse navigator. Read more & share.
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Glimmer of Hope Foundation continues battle against breast cancer in the Mon Valley photo
Glimmer of Hope Foundation continues battle against breast cancer in the Mon Valley
A Glimmer of Hope Foundation has been raising funds for breast cancer research since 1994, and the Foundation recently presented Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) with a $5,000 gift to continue funding innovations in breast cancer treatment and care. The donation will be used to support the purchase of Tomosynthesis (Tomo), 3-D breast imaging technology, at the hospital's main campus. MVH currently operates a digital mammography unit at HealthPlex Imaging in Rostraver Township. This initiative is to assist the hospital in obtaining 3-D technology at the main campus as well. Read more & share.
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Family Donates Event Proceeds to MVH Regional Cancer Center photo
Family Donates Event Proceeds to MVH Regional Cancer Center
The late Grace May Vestrat loved to host parties and had a gift for making everyone feel welcomed and appreciated.

To cope with their loss, her family recently held an event in her memory and raised $981.55 for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center.

In May, Dawn Wilson, who organized the "Not-So-Silent-Sabika-Auction and More" party at Mon Valley Country Club, said that her mom was a larger-than-life personality whose death "left an enormous hole in our lives and in her church." Read more & share.
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Volunteers Make Dignity Robes for MVH Cancer Patients photo
Volunteers Make Dignity Robes for MVH Cancer Patients
Led by a breast cancer survivor, parishioners from Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora have made it their mission to provide handmade dignity robes for breast cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospitals' Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The group recently donated 26 robes. Read more & share.
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Family Fights Back by Helping Other Mon Valley Cancer Patients photo
Family Fights Back by Helping Other Mon Valley Cancer Patients
A local family impacted by cancer has pulled together to help others in the Mon Valley fighting the battle. They recently donated $500 to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center for its Ensure Fund. Jonathan Dudzinski lost his brother Jereme to testicular cancer at age 32 on Nov. 27, 2013. The family presented a check recently from the Jereme Dudzinski Foundation. The donation will support the Regional Cancer Center's Ensure fund. In 2012, MVH staff members began raising money to provide these vital nutritional supplements to cancer patients at no cost. Read more & share.
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Late Monongahela Valley Hospital Employee Remembered photo
Late Monongahela Valley Hospital Employee Remembered
The family of a Monongahela Valley Hospital employee of 25 years who died in January donated $700 to the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center recently in her memory. Lori A. Barkey died at age 58 after a battle with breast cancer. Her husband, Steve (center), of Monongahela, and son Shawn Trump (right), of Pittsburgh, presented the check to Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion. Read more & share.
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Family Donates $1,750 to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients photo
Family Donates $1,750 to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients
Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The funds raised will benefit the Ensure Fund, which provides MVH's cancer patients with free nutritional supplements vital to their treatment. The family raised the money during its Third Annual Oldies Dance on May 9 in West Mifflin with the music once enjoyed by the late Kim Davis of Allenport and the late Diane Sesco of N.C. Read more & share.
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Blankets, Dolls Donated to Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
Blankets, Dolls Donated to Monongahela Valley Hospital
Young hospital patients will feel more safe, secure, loved and comforted, thanks to the hard work of two local groups whose members spent countless hours handcrafting them Boo Boo Dolls and Linus blankets. The gifts will also be used on the hospital's pediatric wing,7-W. Mrs. Ingram also works in MVH's Critical Care Unit. Project Linus' local chapter distributed 12,145 blankets in 2014 to other organizations in the region and has committed to creating 15 blankets each month for young patients in MVH's Emergency Department, 7-W and SameDay Surgery units. Read more & share.
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Monongahela Valley Hospital Staff Breaks Food Donation Record photo
Monongahela Valley Hospital Staff Breaks Food Donation Record
Monongahela Valley Hospital staff and its affiliated companies have donated another record-breaking amount of non-perishable goods to local food banks during the 2015 Scouting for Food campaign. This year's grand total of 13,770 units was the highest donation in the past eight years. The donated goods are counted using a unit system that encourages nutritious donations. Departments and services that collected the most were The Center for Fitness and Health; Administration, Fiscal, Information Systems and Corporate Accounting; Physical Therapy and 5-East. Read more & share.
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Local Howard Hanna Office Supports MVH's Children's Free Care Fund photo
Local Howard Hanna Office Supports MVH's Children's Free Care Fund
Kids break things - such as arms, legs and fingers. Sometimes they develop illnesses or chronic conditions that need immediate attention. When their families do not have health insurance or the money to pay for the medical care, it can make a bad situation even worse. Every December, Howard Hanna Simon Real Estate Services, in Rostraver, hosts a Choo Choo Chow Chow luncheon to raise funds for the Children's Free Care Fund at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH). Tom Simon Sr., broker/owner of the agency, recently presented a check for $10,000 to MVH. The 2015 donation brings his agency's total contribution to the Free Care Fund to more than $131,000 over the years. Read more & share.
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Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives Donations for Trauma Patients photo
Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives Donations for Trauma Patients
For a second year in a row, the Zonta Club of Washington County donated sweat suits and stuffed animals to help comfort trauma patients brought to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Emergency Department (ED). From left, ED Nurse Jen McMullen accepted the donations of sweat suits and stuffed animals from Zonta members Vickie DeMarco, who is also the telecommunications manager at MVH, and Tina DeJulius, a business application specialist at MVH. Ms. McMullen said that trauma patients sometimes need clothes to return home and the ED staff is grateful to have something to comfort small children when they're scared. Ms. DeMarco said a grant provided the money for the sweat suits and the club raised money to purchase the fluffy stuffed animals as a local service project. Read more & share.
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Gift of Warmth Given to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Cancer Patients photo
Gift of Warmth Given to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Cancer Patients
The Victory Hill Civic and Social Center's Ladies Auxiliary graciously donated 45 handmade fleece scarves and gloves for cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The ladies traditionally create handmade items each year for MVH patients to help provide them with some comfort during the cold winter months. Pictured from left to right are Auxiliary President Connie Russell and member Barb Falappi, both of Monongahela. Read more & share.
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Black Diamonds Fundraisers Benefit Hospital Diabetes Program photo
Black Diamonds Fundraisers Benefit Hospital Diabetes Program
Community programming for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology received a boost when a local group, the Black Diamonds, donated $300 from its 2014 fundraisers. As they have done for eight years, the group uses proceeds from events like bus trips and an annual holiday celebration to assist a community organization, group or individual. Last year, the group donated to MVH's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. Read more & share.
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Girls' Group Donates Care Packages to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients photo
Girls' Group Donates Care Packages to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients
Members of the "Girls with Vision" group from New Vision Christian Tabernacle Ministries in Belle Vernon demonstrated generosity and kindness this holiday season. Six girls ages 11-15 created 45 "Chemo Care Packages" and donated them recently to cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. Shown is their leader Dionne Wilson, of Monessen, who delivered the packages filled with prayer packets, water bottles, lip balm and crackers, to Bonny Holmes, supervisor of Oncology at MVH. Ms. Wilson said she sat with her aunt as she went through chemotherapy treatments and remembers how it affected her. The group wanted to help cancer patients because they all know someone who has been touched by cancer. Read more & share.
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Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives Donation From Consol photo
Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives Donation From Consol
CONSOL Energy donated $10,000 to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Focus on the Future Capital Campaign. Pictured are Jim Grech, CONSOL's executive vice president and chief commercial officer, with Sara Schumacher, Monongahela Valley Hospital's vice president of Fund Development. Mrs. Schumacher said that CONSOL has been "a great champion of the Hospital and our fundraising efforts," and thanked Jim Grech for his "continued dedication to our community and our patients as well as the entire CONSOL Energy team." Read more & share.
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Event Raises $19K for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Regional Cancer Center photo
Event Raises $19K for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Regional Cancer Center
Creators and organizers of the 15th Annual Bar Crawl for Breast Cancer donated $19,489 to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center recently. The event, held in October, attracted 600 participants. The money will help upgrade the mammography equipment at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Belle Vernon facility, HealthPlex Imaging, and will offset the cost for breast screenings for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Read more & share.
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Work on Cancer Wing Inspires Fundraiser for Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
Work on Cancer Wing Inspires Fundraiser for Monongahela Valley Hospital
Ringgold graduate Moriah Mathies spent the summer working as a student nurse intern at Monongahela Valley Hospital's 7-E wing, which primarily cares for cancer patients. Miss Mathies returned to Muskingum University in Ohio to finish her senior year and encouraged her soccer team to raise funds for MVH's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center this past fall. "We're a small college so we wanted to donate to a smaller hospital and I loved my experience at Mon Valley, I learned so much," said the Finleyville native who expects to graduate in May with her bachelor of science in nursing. Her 22 teammates agreed and organized a kids' camp, sold pink shirts, made bracelets and collected donations. Read more & share.
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YMCA Instructors Sweat for a Cure, Support MVH/Ducoeur Walk photo
YMCA Instructors "Sweat for a Cure," Support MVH/Ducoeur Walk
"Do what you love and the money will follow," goes the popular saying. The instructors at the Mon Valley YMCA did just that. They held a "Sweat for a Cure" on Oct. 10, 2014, during several of their classes and donated the $450 raised to the 11th Annual Monongahela Valley Hospital/Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 11. "Since exercise reduces the risk for breast cancer and so many diseases, it seems fitting to encourage people to exercise while raising funds to fight the disease," said Mon Valley YMCA Health and Fitness Director Peggy Herforth. Participants made donations in classes on the eve of the MVH/Ducoeur Walk. Ms. Herforth said that everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer and that's why she and her instructors and YMCA members are so passionate about holding this event. MVH Director of Fund Development, Melissa Marion said that she was touched and surprised by this great grass roots story of people doing what they love to make the world a better place. Read more & share.
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Elizabeth Forward Students Donate to Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
Elizabeth Forward Students Donate to Monongahela Valley Hospital
The Elizabeth Forward High School girls soccer team held a Pink Out for Breast Cancer on Sept. 29, 2014, and donated the $681 raised to support the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer in the community at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Wearing their "Warriors Kick Cancer" Pink Out shirts, the seniors on the team (from left) are Gabey Bakewell, Amanda Potts, Rachel Bakewell and Liz Biddle. Absent were Olivia Barkley and Camila Garbin. Read more & share.
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Lady Rams Pink Out Benefits Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
Lady Rams' "Pink Out" Benefits Monongahela Valley Hospital
The Ringgold High School girls soccer team recently donated $800 to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. For the third year, the team held a Pink Out fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month and the senior Lady Rams recently met with hospital staff to present the check. Their three-year total is nearly $3,000. Read more & share.
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Charleroi Elementary School Goes Crazy to Help MVH photo
Charleroi Elementary School "Goes Crazy" to Help MVH
On Oct. 24, Charleroi Elementary School students held a Crazy Hat Day as a fundraiser for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Lois Orange Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk. Students paid $1 to wear a fun hat and raised $200 to support the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer in our community at MVH. Read more & share.
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Pink Out held at Madonna Catholic Regional School photo
"Pink Out" held at Madonna Catholic Regional School
Students preschool through grade 8 at Madonna Catholic Regional School, in Monongahela, recently held a "Pink Out." The students donated the money raised to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Lois Orange Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk, to support the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer in our community at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Read more & share.
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Survivor Donates Quilts to Help Cancer Patients Afford Supplements photo
Survivor Donates Quilts to Help Cancer Patients Afford Supplements
Carol Demosky, 68, of Latrobe, wanted to remember her late nephew who received care at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. A three-time cancer survivor herself, she worked for a year making two quilts to help the Regional Cancer Center raise money for its Ensure Program, which supplies cancer patients with vital nutritional drinks that they may not be able to easily afford. The Regional Cancer Center staff will sell tickets for the quilts Dec. 8-19 on the second floor of the Melenyzer building during the annual basket raffle. All proceeds will benefit the Ensure Program. Read more & share.
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Women Knit Caps for MVH Cancer Patients photo
Women Knit Caps for MVH Cancer Patients
Christmas will come a little early for some cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The knitting group from the First Baptist Church in Monongahela recently donated 14 handmade knitted caps for cancer patients. The knitting group's members, including two sisters, have been knitting together for six months and wanted to send positive thoughts and prayers to patients as they receive treatment. Shown are knitting instructor Barbara Dash Furgiuele, sisters Suzanne Schock and Connie Caldwell and Bonny Holmes, Mon-Vale Oncology supervisor. All three knitters live in Monongahela and Ms. Furgiuele teaches at the Memory Tree Button & Yarn Shop in Monongahela. The ladies plan to continue knitting caps to replenish their original donation. Read more & share.
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More than $21K Raised at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Annual Breast Cancer Walk photo
More than $21K Raised at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Annual Breast Cancer Walk
More than 450 walkers helped Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) paint the Valley pink during the 11th Annual MVH/Lois Orange Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 11 in Charleroi. The event raised more than $21,100 to support the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer in our community at MVH. Walkers were asked to make a minimum donation of $10 each to participate and many collected donations from family, friends and neighbors. Read more & share.
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Local Jeweler Sponsors Oct. 11 Monongahela Valley Hospital/Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk photo
Local Jeweler Sponsors Oct. 11 Monongahela Valley Hospital/Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk
Touched by cancer in both their home and in their workplace, Bill and Linda Horrell, co-owners of MarBill Diamonds & Jewelry in Belle Vernon, have recently expanded their efforts to support cancer education in their community through events at Monongahela Valley Hospital. "We interact with a lot of ladies here (at the Belle Vernon jewelry store) so it's a perfect opportunity to reach out in our community and help educate people," said Linda. Read more & share.
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Donation Made to Help Trauma Patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
Rotary Supports Monongahela Valley Hospital / Ducoeur Walk
Members of the Monessen/Rostraver Rotary donated $1,000 to become a Rose Gold Sponsor of the Monongahela Valley Hospital/Lois Orange Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk. The walk will be held at the Charleroi Market House, 423 McKean Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the suggested donation to participate is $10 for those age 7 and older. Shown are Rotary members Phillip Sparacella, Gerald Stasicha, MVH's Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion, Ron Vivio, Beverly Belczyk and Robert Kopko. Read more & share.
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Donation Made to Help Trauma Patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
Donation Made to Help Trauma Patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital
The Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club of Dravosburg donated stuffed animals and red cowboy hats to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Emergency Department for patients suffering from trauma.

Four-time cancer survivor Martha Bradley, past-president of the club, said she "knows what pain is," and fondly remembers a stuffed dolphin a nurse once gave her during her treatment that made her "feel like someone cared about me." Read more & share.
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Family Donates $1,500 to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients photo
Family Donates $1,500 to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients
Two women who lost their battles with cancer were honored as their family donated $1,500 in their memory to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The funds raised will benefit the Ensure Fund, which provides MVH's cancer patients with nutritional supplements vital to their treatment.

The family held its Second Annual Oldies Dance on May 10 in West Mifflin with the music once enjoyed by the late Kim Davis of Allenport and the late Diane Sesco of N.C. Read more & share.
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Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives Donations for Trauma Patients photo
Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives Donations for Trauma Patients
As a local service project, the Zonta Club of Washington County recently donated sweat suits and stuffed animals to help comfort trauma patients brought to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Emergency Department (ED). From left, Zonta member Suzanne Palko presented the donations to ED Director Kelly Macheska along with Vickie DeMarco, who is also the telecommunications manager at MVH. A grant provided the money for the sweat suits and the club raised money to purchase the fluffy stuffed animals. "Often times, trauma patients need clothes to go home in and we love to have something to comfort small children when they're scared, so we are very grateful to the Zontas," said Ms. Macheska. The 24 members of the Washington County club are a local chapter of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization focused on making a difference in the lives of women. Read more & share.
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Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients Benefit from a Mother's Legacy photo
Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients Benefit from a Mother's Legacy
Her late mother so relished a gift bag given to her during her battle with lung cancer, that Leigh Stolarz was inspired to create and donate gift bags to other cancer patients in her mother's memory. Ms. Stolarz and her children recently assembled and donated those goodie bags to Debbie Burkhardt, director of Radiation Oncology, to be distributed to cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital, where her mother received treatment. Read more & share.
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Community Celebrates MVH Capital Campaign's $2.7 M Success With Plaque Unveiling and Tours photo
Community Celebrates MVH Capital Campaign's
$2.7 M Success With Plaque Unveiling and Tours

Monongahela native Walter R. Cox, M.D., remembered his late mother-in-law, Nellie Fawcett Peart, with a donation to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Focus on the Future Capital Campaign. He and his wife, Beth, were grateful that she received such loving care at the hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. Thanks to Dr. Cox and hundreds of other residents, businesses, hospital board members, physicians, hospital employees and Auxilians, the campaign was unhindered by the slow economic recovery and surpassed its original $2.5 million goal, reaching $2.7 million. Read more & share.
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Eagle Riders Bike Run Benefits MVH Regional Cancer Center photo
Eagle Riders Bike Run Benefits MVH Regional Cancer Center
The Bentleyville F.O.E. 1809 Eagle Riders may be a newer bike club, but its 43 members are already making a positive impact on their community. The group recently donated $729 to the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. They hosted a bike run this fall and part of the proceeds helped cover medical expenses for a club member being treated for breast cancer at MVH and the rest they donated to the MVH Regional Cancer Center. Read more & share.
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Ladies Give Gift of Warmth to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Cancer Patients photo
Ladies Give Gift of Warmth to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Cancer Patients
The Victory Hill Civic and Social Center's Ladies Auxiliary graciously donated 30 handmade fleece scarves for cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The ladies traditionally make either hats or scarves each year for MVH patients to help provide them with some comfort during the cold winter months. Pictured from left to right are Auxiliary President Connie Russell, of Monongahela; and MVH's Director of Fund Development, Melissa Marion, of New Brighton. Read more & share.
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Nurses Association Donates to Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
Nurses Association Donates to Monongahela Valley Hospital
The active and retired nurses of the Mon Valley Nurses Association continue to serve others, but this time the group helped local patients, donating $1,500 to Monongahela Valley Hospital for patient care items. Shown (from left) are Mon Valley Nurses Association Vice President Dolores Stark, RN, of Charleroi; President Carolyn Manown, RN, of Belle Vernon; and Treasurer Virginia Saunders, RN, CRNA, of Belle Vernon; with Mary Lou Murt, MVH Senior Vice President of Nursing. Association officers absent from the photo are Secretary Carolyn Kmetz, RN, of Perryopolis, and Historian Sue Dunlop of Belle Vernon. Members made personal contributions for this specific effort to support patient care items such as portable blood pressure devices. Read more & share.
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Black Diamonds Holiday Celebration Benefits Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
Black Diamonds Holiday Celebration Benefits Monongahela Valley Hospital
The Black Diamonds donated $500 from its annual Holiday Celebration on Dec. 7 to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The Black Diamonds formed in 2007 to empower women, youth and families by supporting educational and professional growth to foster new leadership for tomorrow. The group's annual Holiday Celebration assists an organization, group or individual that can benefit from additional financial support. The group moves the event to a new community each year, which members say has helped the event grow in popularity. More than 140 people attended the latest semi-formal event at the Monessen Firemen's Social Hall with door prizes, a DJ and a silent auction. Read more & share.
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Aeropostale Stores donate Christmas Bears to Patients photo
Aeropostale Stores donate Christmas Bears to Patients
Thanks to Brittany Fagioletti, daughter of TOI Nurse Manager Kim Fagioletti, who arranged a donation of 144 Gund bears forTOI patients during the holidays, to wish them a speedy recovery. Brittany is shown with Kim, Sr. VP of Nursing Mary Lou Murt, TOI Coordinator Lorraine Damich and Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion. Donated by 3 Aeropostale stores, some bears will also be given to children brought to the Emergency Department Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Many hospital departments provide special treats and traditions to brighten a hospital holiday stay for our patients. Read more & share.
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 Dynamic Sisters Donate over $2,000 photo   Dynamic Sisters Donate More Than $2,000
Julie Kingsley and her sister, Judy Lupori, have raised more than $2,000 for the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The sisters' major fundraiser was a raffle for a chance to win a collection of Vera Bradley handbags and a Kindle Fire. Julie and Judy also sold key faub wristlets, Peppermint Patties, and various other candy over the course of October 2013 to raise funds. Julie's daughter, Heather Kingsley, even got involved and held a fundraiser at her salon, Baretta's Hair Salon (Kingsley Salon). Julie's employer California University of Pennsylvania also stepped up to help and held various fundraisers including a Pink Out at one of the girls' volleyball games.
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Lady M. Cervical Cancer Benefit Poker Run photo   Lady M. Cervical Cancer Benefit Poker Run
Local bike club, The Hot Metal Crew donated $1,000 from its 2nd Annual Lady M. Cervical Cancer Benefit Poker Run held this summer. More than 100 participated to support Miriam Biris DePasquale of Belle Vernon, aka Lady M., a cervical cancer survivor. Kneeling from left are Bamboo, Dex and Kinoli. Standing are Bam, Lady M. and Dunkin' with MVH's Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion. The group's donation will support the purchase of a new digital mammography machine at the hospital's HealthPlex Imaging site in Rostraver."With such a powerful show of support from our southwest Pennsylvania neighbors, we know that women of our area will never fight alone against cervical cancer," said cervical cancer survivor Miriam Biris DePasquale. Read more & share.
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Local Event Raises $21K for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Regional Cancer Center photo   Local Event Raises $21K for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Regional Cancer Center
Creators and organizers of the 14th Annual Bar Crawl for Breast Cancer donated $21,165 to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center recently. They are, front, from left: Debra L. Cashman-Miller of Fayette City, and Nancy Stinogle and Dana Shupenko of Belle Vernon. Standing are Lisa Kutcy of Belle Vernon with MVH's Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion of New Brighton and VP of Fund Development Sara Schumacher of Washington, Pa. The money will help upgrade the mammography equipment at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Rostraver facility, HealthPlex Imaging, and will offset the cost for breast screenings for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Read more & share.
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Ringgold Soccer Pink Out photo
  Ringgold Soccer Pink Out
The Ringgold High School girls soccer team donated $1,251 to MVH's Regional Cancer Center from the team's second Annual Pink Out fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Some senior Lady Rams recently met with hospital staff to present the check. Sitting is Kathy Cameron of New Eagle, wife of Head Coach Tom Cameron. Mrs. Cameron, a breast cancer survivor treated at MVH, spearheaded the committee that organized the fundraiser. She said her goal this year was to raise $1,000, after raising $900 last year for the Regional Cancer Center. Read more & share.
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Belle Vernon Soccer Pink Out photo   Belle Vernon Soccer Pink Out
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Belle Vernon Area High School Leopard Boosters donated $1,000 to MVH's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The high school girls soccer team raised the money at a recent Pink Out event that included selling handmade ribbons and baked goods. Bellmar Elementary teachers also held a dress-down day to help the cause and the entire high school dressed in pink on Oct. 25. The young ladies representing the boosters group are, front from left: Madison Bitonti and Hayden Pascoe with MVH Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion of New Brighton, and McKenna Keffel. Back row, from left are Ally Demko, Kaity Watson, Samantha Mendicino and Riley Bitonti. All of the girls pictured live in Belle Vernon. Not shown were the Pink Out Co-Chairs, Lisa Demko of Rostraver and Tanya Bitonti of Belle Vernon, who provided leadership and vision for the events. Read more & share.
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Family Donates $2,750 to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients photo   Family Donates $2,750 to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients
The family of the late Kim Davis of Allenport was so touched by the quality of cancer care the 53-year-old wife and mother received at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center, that they held a fundraiser in her memory and made a $2,750 donation to help others battling the disease. Husband James Davis and daughter Kelly Sesco, of Finleyville, lost Mrs. Davis to breast cancer on Dec. 31, 2011. The funds raised will help MVH's cancer patients with nutritional supplements vital to their treatment. The family plans to donate annually to the fund. Read more & share.

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