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Monongahela Valley Hospital's 26th Gala Raises $147,000; Awardees Announced

These Monongahela Valley Hospital employees were honored for 25 years of service photo

This year's Dimensions in Performance awardees announced at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Gala 26 were, sitting, Evalyne Ramsden, the Rossomme Award - Volunteerism, and standing, from left, Louis J. Panza Jr., MVH president and CEO who received the Pallone Award - Board Leadership; Susan R. Hunter, the Gibbons Award - Community Service; Charles N. Lebovitz, M.D., Sickman - Levin Award-Medicine; and Robert D. Bodnar, president of VEBH Architects, the Rose Award - Philanthropy.

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Ruth Antonelli, president of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc., poses with KDKA-TV news anchor Jennifer Antkowiak at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Gala 26 "Jungle Cruise." Mrs. Antkowiak served as the event emcee.

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Monongahela Valley Hospital's President and CEO Mr. Louis J. Panza Jr. and Mrs. Cheryl Panza meet "Frank the Tank," a 14-year old Sulcata turtle, one of the wild visitors at the hospital's Gala 26 "Jungle Cruise."

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Six-year old Addison Hall poses during Monongahela Valley Hospital's Gala 26 with her grandfather, David T. Hunter, a member of the board of directors for Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. Daughter of Nakia and Solomon Hall, Miss Hall's great-grandmother, Susan R. Hunter, won the Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service.

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M. Elizabeth Pepper, M.D., with her parents, L. Douglas Pepper, M.D., and Mrs. Maria Pepper, mingle in the jungle before dinner at Monongahela Valley Hospital's 26th Annual Gala "Jungle Cruise" on May 17 in Pittsburgh.

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Mrs. Sandra and Mr. James Grech, CONSOL Energy's executive vice president and chief commercial officer, make their way past the silverback gorilla to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Gala 26 on Saturday, May 17, at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
(May 19, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Guests interacted with live animals and traipsed through the jungle before enjoying an elegant dinner at "Jungle Cruise," Monongahela Valley Hospital's 26th Annual Gala on May 17. The hospital also honored its Dimensions in Performance awardees and guests learned about a national designation achieved by the Hospital.

More than 550 guests filled the Westin Convention Center and Hotel in Pittsburgh Saturday to raise a record-breaking $147,000, according to Sara Schumacher, vice president of Fund Development for MVH. Top sponsors for the evening included Allegheny Health Network, Doctors First, Inc./PMSLIC Insurance Co., Limbach Company LLC and Unidine.

The event, which was sponsored by the Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee and MVH's Office of Fund Development, celebrated four exemplary individuals and one business for their commitment to excellence with Dimensions in Performance Awards.

These awards honor the multi-dimensional talents of special friends, benefactors and members of the health care family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, board leadership, medicine, volunteerism and civic well-being.

VEBH Architects, represented by its President Robert D. Bodnar, received the 2014 Rose Award for Dimensions in Philanthropy. VEBH Architects has designed many additions and expansion projects for MVH and through its philanthropic efforts, the firm enhances the quality of life in our communities. This award recognizes members of the community for their benevolence and dedication to the enhancement of quality health care.

Charles N. Lebovitz, M.D., a board-certified general surgeon, received the Sickman-Levin Award for Dimensions in Medicine. Dr. Lebovitz has helped increase the number of new physicians at the Hospital with his tireless work on the Credentials Committee. This award honors outstanding physicians who contribute to health care in the mid Mon Valley.

Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital, received the 2014 Pallone Award for Dimensions in Board Leadership. During the past 25 years, Mr. Panza has been involved with every major growth initiative undertaken by Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. This award recognizes excellence in service to both boards.

Susan R. Hunter, a retiree from the Area Agency on Aging, received the 2014 Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service. Mrs. Hunter, age 91, has spent her golden years volunteering. This award honors those who are dedicated to the health, social and civic needs of area residents and help to improve the quality of life.

Evalyne Ramsden, a retired elementary school teacher who has volunteered with the Auxiliary of Mon-Valley Health Resources, Inc., received the Rossomme Award for Dimensions in Volunteer Service. This new award was established to recognize people who tirelessly give of their time and talents in volunteer service to the health system. The award is named in memory of Florence S. Rossomme, a dedicated volunteer with the Auxiliary, beginning in 1943.

During the evening, Bob Donahue, Healthgrades director of Quality Services and Client Development, presented the Hospital with a trophy for being named among the top 10 percent in the nation for the Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

"This distinguishes Monongahela Valley Hospital as an exceptional place for patients to receive care and that is something to be proud of," he said during his remarks. "This award is not achieved by accident, and we commend MVH for earning it through its commitment to focusing on clinical performance as well as a high level of satisfaction from its patients."

Gala 26 began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. KDKA-TV (CBS) news anchor Jennifer Antkowiak served as emcee for the evening.

"Jungle Cruise" concluded with a coffee bar and one of Pittsburgh's finest variety bands, Finesse, a 14-piece "Superband" that has opened for Chicago, David Sanborn and Earth, Wind & Fire. Guests danced until midnight

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