Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources supports Mon Valley Hospital and Local Teen

(July 12, 2019 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources supports Mon Valley Hospital and Local Teen photo
Auxiliary President, Kay Blair, presents checks to MVH President and CEO, Louis J. Panza Jr., during the organization's Annual Appreciation Dinner.
Each year, the members of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc. give their time and energy to enhance the quality of patient care at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH). On June 24, the annual Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner was held in the hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center.

In upholding a tradition that spans some four decades, the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. presented a gift to Monongahela Valley Hospital totaling $50,500. The total includes the Auxiliary's $1,000 donation to the 2019 Gala and $500 Volunteen scholarship. The 2019 gift brings the Auxiliary's total donation for the past 41 years to approximately $3.5 million.

"This is truly a heartfelt gift and it took a lot of hands to make this possible," said Louis J. Panza Jr., MVH's president and CEO. "I am told that you cleaned more than 125 pounds of strawberries for the Strawberry Festival, sold over 1,500 pretzels during the Lobby sales, and made thousands of milkshakes and cheeseburgers in the Gift Shop to raise these funds."

According to Mr. Panza, the funds will be used for enhanced patient care in the Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A new Stryker weight bed will be purchased for the ED. The bed features a built in scale to weigh critically ill patients in order to administer the correct doses of life-saving medications. It also includes a thicker mattress to relieve pressure. As an added bonus, the bed is equipped with a lever to help raise the base more easily and reduce staff back injuries. The ICU will benefit with the purchase of Hercules units - gel mattresses that have very long sheets attached to electronic devices. With a press of a button, the sheets help move the patient up toward the head of the bed to ensure that they stay more upright. By having patients in upright positions, their weight is distributed more evenly to reduce the breakdown of skin and the onset of aspiration pneumonia.

"We are very appreciative to the Auxiliary for this generous gift which not only will benefit our patients, it also will provide greater safety for our staff," added Mr. Panza.

During the celebration, awards were presented to Auxiliary members who reached milestone hours of volunteering time at MVH and five women were recognized for their untiring service to the Auxiliary. Ruthann Dulovich, who serves as the assistant treasurer, was honored as the newest Life Member. In addition, Martha Durinsky was recognized for achieving 2,500 hours of service; Joyce Amantangelo recorded 1,000 service hours; and Cindy Patterson and Katie Recaldini each achieved 500 hours of service.

Receiving the 2019 Volunteen scholarship was Karlen Brovey, a recent graduate of Charleroi Area High School. For the past three years, Karlen has volunteered at MVH, accruing 142 hours of service in the Lab and Occupational Therapy departments. In the fall, she will attend the University of Toledo where she will study pharmacy.

Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources supports Mon Valley Hospital and Local Teen photo
Auxilians recognized for their milestone years of service include (l. to r.) Ruthann Dulovich, Martha Durinsky, Katie Recaldini, Cindy Patterson and Joyce Amantangelo.

Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources supports Mon Valley Hospital and Local Teen photo
Karlen Brovey (center) displays her Volunteen Award as her mother, Mary Brovey (l.), and Auxlian, Kathleen Molesky, look on.

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