California Dreamin': Monongahela Valley Hospital's 28th Annual Gala

(May 23, 2016 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospitals 28th Annual Gala photo
The Dimensions in Performance awardees (pictured left to right) include Jamie Protin, Dr. Dennis Mateya, Linda Horrell, Bill Horrell, Dana Caruso Slagle and Chaplain John Fierro who accepted the award on behalf of the Volunteer Chaplains.

Monongahela Valley Hospitals 28th Annual Gala photo
Standing in front of one of Gala 28's California-themed props are MVH nurses Ryan Wilson, Donna Bailey, Gay Jannotta, Nadine Davis, Jackie Ingram, Dana Camut and Beth Shroyer.

Monongahela Valley Hospitals 28th Annual Gala photo
Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan (far right) and other Gala guests enjoy dancing to the music of Cityscape.
Monongahela Valley Hospital's Gala 28: California Dreamin', which was held on May 21 at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, set two new records. The event raised $153,000 which is the largest amount raised at a Gala in the health system's history. In addition, with nearly 630 people in attendance, it marks the largest attendance for a single MVH Gala. To date, the 28 Galas have generated more than $3 million in total revenue.

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 the group of volunteer chaplains 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 heath care family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, board leadership, medicine and civic well-being.

Bill and Linda Horrell were the recipients of the Rose Award for Dimensions in Philanthropy. The Horrells, co-owners of MarBill Diamonds and Jewelry, are advocates of wellness through education and supporters of community programs at Monongahela Valley Hospital. In addition to their long history of promoting women's health, they recently helped sponsor a mental wellness series at the Hospital. The Rose Award recognizes members of the community for their benevolence and dedication to the enhancement of quality health care.

For the important role he plays in enhancing the health of the residents of the mid-Monongahela Valley area, and the leadership he provides to the Hospital's medical staff, Dennis J. Mateya, M.D. is the recipient of the Sickman-Levin Award for Dimensions in Medicine. For the past 22 years, Dr. Mateya has been providing high-quality care in physical medicine and rehabilitation to patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital. The Sickman-Levin Award was created to honor physicians for their contributions to health care in the mid-Monongahela Valley.

For his dedication to community, student and leadership development, Jamie Protin is the recipient of the Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service. Mr. Protin inspires people and organizations throughout the Mon Valley region to become more engaged. Although his efforts primarily involve community development and revitalization, Mr. Protin has a passion for mentoring and coaching - especially students. The Gibbons Award recognizes members of the community dedicated to the health, social and civic needs of area residents who help to improve the quality of life.

Dana Caruso Slagle received the Pallone Award for Dimensions in Board Leadership. Mrs. Slagle has been a member of the Board of Directors of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. (MVHR) since 1999. She was elected to her first of four consecutive terms on the Board of Trustees for Monongahela Valley Hospital in 2005. The Pallone Award recognizes excellence in service to the MVH and MVHR boards.

For their untiring service to MVH's patients and staff, the Volunteer Chaplains are the recipients of the Rossomme Award for Dimensions in Volunteer Service. The Volunteer Chaplains Program provides pastoral, spiritual and emotional support to all patients, their families, friends and the Hospital's staff regardless of their religious beliefs or denominational affiliation. The Rossomme Award for Dimensions in Volunteer Service recognizes people who tirelessly give of their time and talents in volunteer service to the health system.

Gala 28 began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

"California Dreamin'" concluded with a coffee bar and one of Pittsburgh's finest variety bands, Cityscape.

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