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Nason Foundation raised $18,500 in its ninth annual golf outing held September 12, 2014 at Iron Masters Country Club.

All of the proceeds will benefit healthcare students who are enrolled in the Nason Foundation Scholarship program and Nason Hospital community education events. The scholarship program is open to students enrolled in nursing programs and other essential healthcare occupational programs.

There were 96 golfers in two flights. First and Second Place teams were:
First Flight/First Place: Credit Control Collections (Bill Allen, Dave DeBiase, Dave Elliott, and Steve Lewis)
First Flight/Second Place: S & T Bank (Howard Harclerode, Donald Kane, Steve Metzger, and Mike Settimio)

Second Flight/First Place: Sheetz (Brad Doliveira, Bob Kent, Bill Rabold, and Hank Slicker)
Second Flight/Second Place: Baker, Rabold & Snowberger (John Baker, D.O., Allan Rabold, and Larry Snowberger)

Major sponsors for the tournament were as follows:

Ace Sponsor – Smith Transport
Eagle Sponsor – Revenue Integrity Group, Inc
Clubhouse Sponsors – Cove Radiology Associates, HF Lenz, Home Health Resource
Reception Sponsor – Highmark
Golf Cart Sponsor – NPC, Inc
Lunch Box Sponsor – CBIZ, Inc
Giveaway Sponsor – Southern Cove Medical Associates
Birdie Sponsors – Credit Control Collections, First National Bank, HealthSouth, William J. Kirsch, M.D.
Putting Contest – Spring Cove Medical Services (Drs. Dinger and DeFay)
Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor – Cove Surgical Associates

There were 30 tee sponsors.

Beverage Sponsors were Pepsi, Roaring Spring Bottled Water, and Ritchey’s Dairy.

Additional sponsors included: Air Management; Allegheny Anesthetists; Automated Entrance Systems Co; Blair Orthopedics; Blue Orange Compliance; Bridenbaugh Orchard; Burgmeier’s Hauling; Clearfield Wholesale Paper; CRH Catering; Dick’s Homecare; Empire Communications; Garver YMCA; Homewood at Martinsburg; Horty, Springer; Johnny on the Spot; June & Nason LLC; King’s Medical; Leidy’s Furnishings; M&T Charitable Foundation; MassMutual; McCartney’s Business Products; ProCare; Reschini Group; Linda Ritchey; Roaring Spring Department Store; S&T Bank; Sam’s Club; Schultz Company; Scott Electric; Seltzer Financial Strategies; Sheetz; Rep. Bill Shuster; St. Jude Medical; Standard Textile; Stoudnour Petroleum; Stryker; UGI Energy Services; Young, Oakes, Brown & Co.

What is the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council?

The Council is an independent state agency formed under Pennsylvania statute (Act 89 of 1986, as amended by Act 3 of 2009) in order to address rapidly growing health care costs. The Council's strategy to contain costs is to stimulate competition in the health care market by:

A) giving comparative information about the most efficient and effective health care providers to individual consumers and group purchasers of health services; and

B) giving information to health care providers that they can use to identify opportunities to contain costs and improve the quality of care they deliver.

Act 89 of 1986, as amended by Act 3 of 2009, specifically assigns the Council three primary responsibilities:

1) to collect, analyze and make available to the public data about the cost and quality of health care in Pennsylvania;

2) to study, upon request, the issue of access to care for those Pennsylvanians who are uninsured;

3) to review and make recommendations about proposed or existing mandated health insurance benefits upon request of the legislative or executive branches of the Commonwealth.

Meet Nason Hospital New Year's Baby of 2013!
Meet Nason Hospital's 2013 New Years Baby!

April Marian Mearkle was the first baby born in 2013 at Nason Hospital. She was born on January 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm. Parents are Wayne and Nicole Mearkle of Everett, PA. April is the first child of Wayne and Nicole. Baby April was delivered by Dr. Jennifer Vasinda and the baby's pediatrician is Dr. Joseph Castel.

The family received the following gifts for being the first baby born at Nason Hospital in 2013:

$50 gift certificate to the Roaring Spring Department Store donated by Nason Foundation
$50 gift certificate to Giant Eagle donated by Nason Foundation
A baby outfit, Nason Shelf Sitter, and a stuffed toy donated by the Nason Auxiliary
Lotion for the baby's mother donated by the Nason Auxiliary
A handmade afghan donated by Linda Ritchey
The attached photo shows Mom, Nicole Mearkle holding baby April; Dad, Wayne Mearkle; Heidi Kreider, Nason Hospital Director of Development; and Nancy Becker, RN, Nurse Coordinator for Nason Special Delivery

Nason Foundation raised $19,500 in its seventh annual golf outing
"On November 15th, can you quit smoking for the day?"

That was the challenge presented by Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program, Inc. to Blair County hospitals. Nason Hospital won the contest with the greatest percentage of employees and/... or volunteers that quit using tobacco for 12 waking hours on November 15th. 64% of Nason participants quit using tobacco products for the day! Blair County Drug and Alcohol presented a banner to Nason Hospital in recognition of their success! Participants received a certificate honoring their efforts and the inspiration to quit for life!

Every year , on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to quit and stay quit!

Pictured with the banner are: Mattie Verbit, Director of Occupational Health, Amanda Watts, Nason employee and participant in the Great American Smokeout Challenge, Lorie Smith, Director of Human Resources, and Heather Kennedy, representing Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program, Inc.
Nason Foundation raised $19,500 in its seventh annual golf outing
Nason Foundation raised $19,500 in its seventh annual golf outing
held September 10, 2012 at Iron Masters Country Club.

All of the proceeds will benefit healthcare students who are enrolled in the Nason Foundation Scholarship program and Nason Hospital community education events. The scholarship program is open to students enrolled in nursing programs and other essential healthcare occupational programs.

There were 95 golfers in two flights. First and Second Place teams were:
First Flight/First Place: First National Bank (Phil Gingrich, Tim Nagle, Brian Hull, and Steve Martz)
First Flight/Second Place: Pro Care (Ron Hinish, Jim Gregory, Andy Miller, and Don Witherspoon)

Second Flight/First Place: St. Jude Medical (Jim Sandella, Ted Mertz, and Ron Foor)
Second Flight/Second Place: CBIZ (Bill Boyer, Bill Carr, Aaron Strawderman, and Andy Van Buren)

Major sponsors for the tournament were as follows:

Eagle Sponsor – IBEW Local Union #5
Clubhouse Sponsors – Cove Radiology Associates, First National Bank, HF Lenz, Source 1 Healthcare Communications
Reception Sponsor – Highmark
Golf Cart Sponsor – NPC, Inc
Lunch Box Sponsor – CBIZ, Inc
Giveaway Sponsor – Southern Cove Medical Associates
Birdie Sponsors – HealthSouth, Home Health Resource, Pro Care, William J. Kirsch, M.D., S & T Bank
Putting Contest – Spring Cove Medical Services (Drs. Dinger and DeFay)
Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor – Cove Surgical Associates

There were 32 tee sponsors.

Beverage Sponsors were Pepsi, Roaring Spring Bottled Water, and Ritchey’s Dairy.

Additional sponsors included: The Allegro, Altoona Community Theatre, The Altoona Curve, Clearfield Wholesale Paper, CRH Catering, Del Grosso Foods, Garver Memorial YMCA, Jethros, Johnny on the Spot, Lakemont Park, Leidy’s Furniture, Linda Ritchey, Olive Garden, Carolyn B. Painter, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ramada Altoona, Red Lobster, Roaring Spring Department Store, Robert’s Pest Control, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Sam’s Club, Sinking Valley Country Club, State College Spikes, and US Foods.

The winner of the Putting Contest was Doug Helsley from HealthSouth ($100 Cash Prize)

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For additional information, please contact Heidi Kreider at Nason Hospital at 224-6208


PRESS RELEASE
June 20, 2012
 
On Saturday, June 16, 2012, Dr. Shaun Jester, staff physician at Nason OB/GYN, participated in the fourth annual
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser in Dublin, OH.

The fundraising walk featured men and women walking one mile in high heels to raise awareness around the issue of child sex trafficking, and to support Gracehaven, a safe shelter of hope and healing for victims of sex trafficking. There were over 400 participants in the walk and over $35,000 was raised. Dr. Jester was able to raise $1,100 through the support of the community and his co-workers at Nason Hospital.

Dr. Jester had 5 different pairs of shoes on display in the offices of Nason OB/GYN. Patients, staff, and visitors paid $1 to vote for which pair that they wanted him to wear while doing the walk. Dr. Jester was also able to raise funds by allowing people to sign a fabric cloth for a small fee with messages of encouragement and support. He is pictured wearing both the winning shoes and the fabric cloth as a cape. A pair of black stilettos won the contest with 273 votes.

Gracehaven is an organization and shelter founded in 2008 located in Dublin, OH. Their mission is to find and free underage girls who are enslaved by child sex trafficking. Gracehaven shelter is currently under renovation and not open at this time. When the facility opens, it will be a 5 bedroom, 4 full bathroom live-in facility that will provide long term rehab to female victims of domestic minor sex trafficking until they reach the age of 18. Ten girls will be able to be housed at a time.

According to a report conducted by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission, 1,800 people are trafficked in Ohio every year. This number includes 800 immigrants who are exploited in commercial sex and factory work, as well as about 1,000 American-born children who are forced into prostitution. Ohio’s weak laws on human trafficking, its growing demand for cheap labor and its proximity to the Canadian border are key contributors to the illegal activity, according to the study.


If you would like more information on Gracehaven, please go to their website at www.gracehavenhouse.org.
Meet Nason Hospital New Year's Baby of 2012!
Pictured are (L to R):
Becky Jacobs, Nason Hospital Director of Laboratory Services, John Hagins, CEO, Greater Alleghenies Region of the Red Cross, and Linda Biddle, Nason Blood Bank Supervisor.
Nason Hospital among individuals and organizations honored by Red Cross Blood Services
Individuals and organizations in 23 counties among awardees

Nason Hospital is among 49 Individuals, businesses and organizations honored by American Red Cross Blood Services, Greater Alleghenies Region, during the region’s recent annual meeting, “Celebrating Champions.”
The Greater Alleghenies Region’s annual meeting was held June 5 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
This year’s awardees come from 23 counties in the Red Cross blood region’s 100-county service area.
Nason Hospital received the Greater Alleghenies Region’s Hospital Partnership Award. The award was presented to Becky Jacobs, Nason Hospital Director of Laboratory Services and Linda Biddle, Nason Blood Bank Supervisor. In presenting the award, Red Cross officials cited Nason Hospital, a 45-bed facility, for holding six Red Cross blood drives annually collecting an average of 26 units at each drive. Mrs. Jacobs personally volunteers at each blood drive to ensure each donor receives the employee incentive program that is offered. She uses the Red Cross online appointment system, sends email reminders, links to schedule on the intranet and markets it throughout the hospital. The hospital supplies the refreshments for donors and does a tremendous job at each blood drive.

Awards were presented in the following categories:
• All-Star Volunteer Award (3)
• All the Right Moves Award (1)
• Blair Bice Award for Outstanding Media Support (1)
• Edgar Cheely Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service (2)
• Career and Technology Center Award (1)
• Civic Partnership Award (2)
• Clara Barton Award (1)
• Critical Need Partnership Award (2)
• Community Partnership Award (9)
• Corporate Good Neighbor Award (4)
• Government Partnership Award (1)
• High School of the Year Award, under 400 students and over 400 students (4 total)
• High School Spirit Award (2)
• Hospital Partnership Award (1)
• Legacy of Caring Award (2)
• Most Improved High School Award (1)
• Pint Size Heroes Award (2)
• Private High School Award (1)
• Religious Group Sponsor Award (2)
• Sponsor Coordinator Award (4)
• University of the Year Award (1)
• University Spirit Award (1)
• Unsung Hero Award (1)

“Recipients of these awards were selected by a group of Red Cross volunteers and staff members, and represent the highest quality of service to the Red Cross and hospital patients,” commented Bob Lawn, chair of the region’s volunteer board of directors.

The keynote address was given by Brian Boyle of Welcome, Md. Boyle, the author of Iron Heart, is a blood donor, blood recipient and triathlete.
Regional CEO John A. Hagins and blood recipient families from Pennsylvania and West Virginia also shared remarks.
The region also conducted its annual election of members to serve on its volunteer board of directors.
Local residents and patients are among those served through the Greater Alleghenies Region, which serves hospitals, patients and blood donors in a 100-county area in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services. For more information about the Greater Alleghenies Region, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Meet Nason Hospital New Year's Baby of 2012!
PRESS RELEASE
May 30, 2012

Nason Hospital and Nason OB/GYN are pleased to announce that Shaun Jester, D.O., staff physician at Nason OB/GYN, will be participating in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Dublin, OH.

The fourth annual walk will feature men and women walking one mile in high heels to raise awareness around the issue of child sex trafficking, and to support Gracehaven, a safe shelter of hope and healing for victims of sex trafficking.

Gracehaven is an organization and shelter founded in 2008 located in Dublin, OH. Their mission is to find and free underage girls who are enslaved by child sex trafficking. Gracehaven shelter is currently under renovation and not open at this time. When the facility opens, it will be a 5 bedroom, 4 full bathroom live-in facility that will provide long term rehab to female victims of domestic minor sex trafficking until they reach the age of 18. Ten girls will be able to be housed at a time.

According to a report conducted by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission, 1,800 people are trafficked in Ohio every year. This number includes 800 immigrants who are exploited in commercial sex and factory work, as well as about 1,000 American-born children who are forced into prostitution. Ohio’s weak laws on human trafficking, its growing demand for cheap labor and its proximity to the Canadian border are key contributors to the illegal activity, according to the study.

Dr. Jester became interested in Gracehaven and the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser when he received information on the project from the Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA). The CMDA is a Christian based organization that strives to advance biblical principles of healthcare within the Church and our culture. Dr. Jester is a member of the CMDA.

After reviewing the material from the CMDA, Dr. Jester was motivated to take action and join the fight against this terrible activity. To help raise money and awareness for the walk and for Gracehaven, Dr. Jester has 5 different pairs of shoes on display in the offices of Nason OB/GYN. Patients, staff, and visitors can pay $1 to vote for which pair that they would like him to wear while doing the walk. Dr. Jester is also raising money by allowing people to sign a fabric cloth for a small fee with messages of encouragement and support that he will also wear when participating in the walk.

If you would like more information on Gracehaven, please go to their website at www.gracehavenhouse.org. If you would like to help sponsor Dr. Jester, please contact Nason OB/GYN at 224-5455.

PRESS RELEASE
 
NASON HOSPITAL JOINS FEDERAL PATIENT SAFETY PROJECT

Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to delivering high quality, safe medical care, Nason Hospital has been accepted as one of more than 130 members of the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, a two year patient-safety initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, one of only 26 such networks in the nation, is a component of the HHS Partnership for Patients initiative, and brings together hospitals with The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance to implement strategies to achieve Partnership for Patients goals of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions, readmissions, and complications during hospitalization.

Targeted conditions will include prevention of wrong-site surgery, adverse drug events, falls, venous thromboembolism, obstetrical adverse events, readmissions, surgical-site infection, pressure ulcers, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Through the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, Nason Hospital will focus on its efforts on two areas: fall prevention and obstetrical initiatives.

“We are proud to be participating with the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, the hospital association, and the CMS Partnership for Patients initiative,” said Nason President and CEO, Garrett Hoover.

At some point in our lives, many of us are going to need hospital care, and we need to be confident that no matter where we live, we’re going to get the best care in the world,” Mr. Hoover said. “The Hospital Engagement Network provides Nason with access to a vast network of knowledge and resources that will enhance the quality and safety of care that we provide to our patients every day.”

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals have been leaders in health care quality and patient safety initiatives for decades,” said Carolyn F. Scanlan, president and CEO of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the lead contractor for the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network. “We also have been involved with many notable “firsts” in Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania was the first state to create a patient safety organization, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority; the first state to require the reporting of all health care-associated infections and to release the first hospital-specific infection report; and the first state to develop and implement a payment policy with the state’s Medicaid program that would reduce payments to hospitals when a covered patient experienced a preventable serious adverse event.”

Other initiatives spearheaded by HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals include the Pennsylvania Pressure Ulcer Partnership; the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 Lives and 5 Million Lives campaigns; and the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program.

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals are about healing, health, and hope,” Scanlan said. “We are excited by this opportunity to build on our successes and engage Pennsylvania’s hospitals in this new initiative to further improve the care provided to the millions of patients who come through our doors each year.”

Meet Nason Hospital New Year's Baby of 2012! NASON HOSPITAL ACHIEVES “ARRA STAGE 1” FOR MEANINGFUL USE OF AN ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD

Nason Hospital is pleased to announce that it has achieved Stage 1 for Meaningful Use of a Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR). Achieving Meaningful Use for Stage 1 enabled Nason Hospital to receive its share of the government’s financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the adoption of health Information Technology (IT). The Medicare EHR Incentive Program is intended for hospitals to implement electronic health information systems and to demonstrate that they are using the technology to support the delivery of high quality care.
“This project was a very complex and costly initiative involving virtually every Nason staff member and physician, working closely with Siemens staff and consulting partners. It was encouraging to see Siemens make such a strong commitment to a facility of our size, by assuring that our target implementation date was achieved. Our financial partner, First National Bank, provided the necessary financing that made this project possible, “stated Garrett Hoover, hospital President & CEO.
Pictured are (L to R):
Garrett Hoover, Nason President & CEO, Deb McGraw, Nason VP of Nursing, Sue Ann Feather, First National Bank representative, Davene Garvey, Siemens Account Executive, Ray Askey, Nason VP of Finance & Administrative Services, and Tom Troxel, Nason Clinical Informaticist.
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Nason Hospital Board of Directors and Administration are pleased to welcome Razia Syed, M.D. as member of Nason Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Syed joined Nason Pediatrics as a practicing physician on November 1, 2010. Alyssa Reed, a 5th grade student at Spring Cove Elementary School is shown presenting a donation of children's items to Linda Ritchey, Community/Volunteer Coordinator.

Alyssa Reed, a 5th grade student at Spring Cove Elementary School is shown presenting a donation of children's items to Linda Ritchey, Community/Volunteer Coordinator.  Alyssa solicited donation of children's books, coloring items, puzzles and toys from her fellow students at Spring Cove Elementary.  The donated items will be presented to pediatric patients that are admitted to Nason Hospital.  She selected this as her project for the National Elementary Honor Society.  There were six large containers and one small container of items collected.

Nason Hospital would like to say a great big "Thank You" to Alyssa and her fellow classmates at Spring Cove Elementary School!

Nason Hospital would like to say a great big "Thank You" to Alyssa and her fellow classmates at Spring Cove Elementary School!
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Nason Hospital Auxiliary Friendship Tree Nason Hospital Auxiliary Friendship Tree

For a donation of $1 (or more), you can put a heart on the Nason Hospital Auxiliary Friendship Tree in honor or memory of a friend of loved one!

A special treat will be delivered to friends and family members located in the hospital on Tuesday, February 14th to let them know that you care!

Hearts can be purchased in the Nason Hospital Gift Shop.  All proceeds benefit the Nason Hospital Auxiliary.
Pictured in front of the Friendship Tree are Ava and Landon Verbit. They are the children of Brice and Mattie Verbit.  Mattie is the director of the Nason Occupational Health Department.

Meet Nason Hospital New Year's Baby of 2012!
Meet Nason Hospital New Year's Baby of 2012!
Linda Ritchey, President of Nason Auxiliary and Becky Wertz, RN (and delivery nurse) presenting the parents and baby with the gifts.
Adella Anne Kauf was the first baby born in 2012 at Nason Hospital. She was born on January 3, 2012 at 9:35 am.  Parents are Adam & Jennifer Kauf of Woodbury. PA.  Baby Adella was delivered by Dr. Helen Lambe and the baby's pediatrician is Dr. Razia Syed. Adella weighed 8 lbs 1 oz and she was 19 3/4 inches long.   Adella is the first child of Jennifer and Adam.  

Jennifer Kauf is a veterinarian with Dairyside Veterinary Service and Adam Kauf is an Independent Dairy Nutritionist.

The family received the following gifts for being the first baby born at Nason Hospital in 2012:

$50 gift certificate to the Roaring Spring Department Store donated by Nason Foundation

$50 gift certificate to Giant Eagle donated by Nason Foundation
A 3 piece baby outfit , Nason Shelf Sitter, and a stuffed lamb donated by Nason Auxiliary

Lotion for the baby's mother donated by the Nason Auxiliary
A handmade afghan donated by Linda Ritchey


PRESS RELEASE
December 6, 2011
 
For the fourth year, Nason Hospital Foundation, Nason Medical Staff, and Nason Hospital employees presented holiday donations to the Claysburg Food Bank and the Martinsburg Ministerium’s “Cove Christmas Love” (previously coordinated by the Martinsburg Police Department). The Nason Medical Staff made a $1,000 donation and the Nason Hospital Foundation made a $1,000 donation. With the help of Nason employees, donations were presented to each organization in the amount of $1,685.

Additionally, 25 local children will also have a brighter holiday through the “Roaring Spring Community Angel Tree” program, thanks to Nason Hospital employees. Children receiving gifts through this program are all students of Spring Cove, Claysburg, Northern Bedford, or the Williamsburg School District.
Pictured is Lorie Smith, Director of Human Resources at Nason Hospital, (left) presenting a donation to Pastor Mary Hendricks, Pastor at St. John’s United Church of Christ, representing the Martinsburg Ministerium and “Cove Christmas Love.”
A second photo pictures Heidi Kreider, Director of Development at Nason Hospital, (left) presents a check to Dolores Helsel, Treasurer of the Claysburg Food Bank.

Nason Hospital Public Flu Clinic
For 18 years and older
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Held in the Occupational Health Office - Enter at the Front of the Hospital

Cost $20 payable by cash or check
Unless you have the following insurance:

Medicare Part B
Security /Freedom Blue
Geisinger Gold
UPMC for Life
Gateway Medicare Assured
Unison Advantage
Aetna Medicare
Human Gold Choice

The following insurance will not be accepted:

Medigap or supplemental insurance
private health insurance
employee health insurance
Medicare Advantage plans not listed above.

Medicare or Medicare Advantage Card MUST be
presented at the time of service.  
If the card is not presented,advance payment will be required.

PRESS RELEASE
October 4, 2011
 
Nason Hospital is pleased to announce that Linda Ritchey, Community Education/Volunteer Coordinator at Nason Hospital, is the 2012 recipient of the Nils Pfenning Scholarship from the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE). Ms. Ritchey’s award was announced at the 2nd Annual Kountz/Callender Rappaport Transplant Symposium held at the University Club in Pittsburgh on September 15, 2011.

In 2010, CORE partnered with the family of Nils Pfenning to promote organ and tissue donation within the Pennsylvania and West Virginia multicultural community through the creation of the Nils Pfenning Legacy Scholarship. Pfenning was one of the first successful pediatric kidney transplant patients in 1989, a time when pediatric transplants were relatively rare. The 21-year old succumbed to a rare, non-contagious form of meningitis on July 4, 2009 resulting from complications from his second kidney transplant when he was 18. His parents founded the scholarship in his memory.

The scholarship program promotes organ and tissue donation awareness and donor designation in the CORE service area of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Applicants were asked to submit a plan that would be implemented in the next year that promoted public awareness and donor designation.
Linda’s proposal was for a “Memorial Board” to be created to hang in the Emergency Department waiting area of Nason Hospital. The “Memorial Board” will serve as a legacy for organ and tissue donors; create awareness for CORE; deliver an awareness for family members in case the need to make tough decisions arise; allow loved ones to proudly celebrate their family member who has shared the gift of life; and allow recipients of organ or tissue donations to celebrate the blessing that they have received.

The “Memorial Board” will begin in 2012. Any patient making a tissue or organ donation would - at the approval of their family - have their name and the year of their donation inscribed on the plaque.

In a small rural community, often heroes go unrecognized except by family members and the people they know. The “Memorial Board” at Nason Hospital will allow these donor heroes and their families, along with CORE’s message, to be forever recognized.

Past recipients of the Nils Pfenning Legacy Scholarship are Aarin Fryson, a nursing student from Dunbar, WV; and Ali Abtahi, a third year osteopathic medical student from Erie, PA.

Anyone who would like more information on organ donation or CORE may contact Linda Ritchey at 224-6264.

PRESS RELEASE
September 26, 2011
 
Nason Hospital held a Donor Recognition Reception on September 15, 2011 to acknowledge and thank donors who contributed to the Nason Hospital 21st Century Capital Campaign.
 
The 21st Century Capital Campaign kicked off in September of 2006.  The purpose of the campaign was to fund needed capital improvements at Nason Hospital.  $600,000 was raised and put to work in hospital improvements. Completed projects include an expansion of the Nason Hospital “Special Delivery” Obstetrics Department, a new physical plant with two 500 kW emergency generators, a new canopy at the Emergency Department entrance, and expansion and construction of a new examination room in the Emergency Department, a complete renovation and re-decoration of the hospital’s main lobby, and a mural project in the hospital’s main corridor.
 
A large plaque of appreciation acknowledging donors to the 21st Century Capital Campaign has been placed in the hospital lobby.  Signage has been placed throughout the hospital to acknowledge the largest eight donors.
 
The largest eight donors to the 21st Century Capital Campaign are:  New Enterprise Stone & Lime, Co.; Appleton; Barkman Oil; First National Bank; S & T Bank; D. Stephen Martz and the Martz family; Ralph J. Albarano & Sons; and the Nason Hospital Auxiliary.Garrett W. Hoover, CEO addressing the audience at the Donor Recognition event.
Garrett W. Hoover, CEO addressing the audience at the Donor Recognition event.

Nason Foundation raised $24,000
in its sixth annual golf outing held September 12, 2011 at Iron Masters Country Club.

All of the proceeds will benefit healthcare students who are enrolled in the Nason Foundation Scholarship program and Nason Hospital community education events. The scholarship program is open to students enrolled in nursing programs and other essential healthcare occupational programs.

There were 114 golfers in two flights. First and Second Place teams were:
First Flight/First Place: First National Bank (Phil Gingrich, Bryce Harshberger, Brian Hull, and Steve Martz)
First Flight/Second Place: Pro Care (Jim Foreman, Jim Gregory, Phil Lingenfelter, and Don Witherspoon)

Second Flight/First Place: HF Lenz (John Boderocco, Herb Bulger, Frank Dachille, and Tom Kunkle)
Second Flight/Second Place: HealthSouth (George Berger, Mark Garrett, Doug Helsley, and Rocky Patel)

Major sponsors for the tournament were as follows:
Ace Sponsor – Siemens
Birdie Sponsor – S & T Bank
Clubhouse Sponsors – Blair Gastroenterologist, Cove Radiology Associates, Empire Communications, Fenner Corporation, First National Bank, HF Lenz, Source 1 Healthcare Communications
Reception Sponsor – Highmark
Golf Cart Sponsor – NPC, Inc
Lunch Box Sponsor – CBIZ, Inc
Giveaway Sponsor – Southern Cove Medical Associates
Birdie Sponsors – HealthSouth, Home Health Resource, Pro Care, William J. Kirsch, M.D.
Putting Contest – Spring Cove Medical Services (Drs. Dinger and DeFay)
Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor – Cove Surgical Associates

There were 36 tee sponsors.

Beverage Sponsors were Pepsi, Roaring Spring Bottled Water, and Ritchey’s Dairy.

Additional sponsors included: The Allegro, The Altoona Curve, Blair Candy, CRH Catering, Del Grosso Foods, Garver Memorial YMCA, Jethros, Johnny on the Spot, Lakemont Park, Leidy’s Furniture, Linda Ritchey, Olive Garden, Ramada Altoona, Red Lobster, Roaring Spring Department Store, Robert’s Pest Control, Roots in the Cove, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sam’s Club, Sheetz, Tame Your Mane, and US Foods.

The winner of the Putting Contest was Jeff Coltabaugh from Home Health Resource ($100 Cash Prize) .

PRESS RELEASE
August 10, 2011
 
A plaque was recently presented to Janice Kanode by Lew Button, Chairman of Nason Hospital Pastoral Care Committee, in appreciation and recognition for her many years of service to the committee.  Mrs. Kanode retired from Nason Hospital in 2000 as the Continuing Education Coordinator/Infection Control Nurse.  However, she continued to serve on the committee until June 2011.  The plaque recognizes her many years of commitment to the Pastoral Care Committee.
The Pastoral Care Committee was founded at Nason Hospital in 1981 and Mrs. Kanode was one of the founding members.  She was instrumental in getting the committee up and running.
 


The Pastoral Care Committee provides volunteer pastoral care services to patients at Nason Hospital.  The committee also implemented a volunteer emergency on-call schedule for pastors to provide spiritual support for patients and family members if their own pastor in unavailable.  Additional committee activities include, two educational seminars held each year to assist clergy and lay members who desire to broaden their skills; and since 1994, the committee has provided and annual Service of Remembrance as a comfort for families who have lost a loved one during the year.  The committee meets twice a year.

Nason Hospital held its Eleventh Walk/Run on July 30, 2011 on the hospital campus in conjunction with Spring Dam Days. Nason Hospital Community Education and Wellness Committee members were on site to take participants’ pulse and oxygen levels and provide health related information. Healthy snacks were provided in the pavilion at the hospital entrance. This year’s event had over 80 participants.




Photo of runners from the Central High School Cross Country team with a view of many of the walkers in the background. .

Download Golf Outing Brochure and Register !
September 12, 2011
Iron Masters Country Club Ore Hill
(For directions, call 814-224-6208)

10:00 a.m. Registration Begins
Pick up lunch by 11:30
12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Scramble Format
5:30 p.m. Reception
IIncluding a
Hole in One Contest!
And
A Double Your Money Contest
Awards Presented During Reception!

Entry Fee Includes:
18 Holes of golf with cart
Lunch
Refreshments
Reception and prizes
1st Place team awards in two divisions

Please register by September 5, 2011
It’s not too late to consider being a corporate sponsor this year. Levels of sponsorship and benefits are listed below.

Ace - $2,500 Sponsor
Golf and Privileges for 4 people
Large recognition banner with company logo
Company Name on a tee sign
Program Recognition

Eagle - $1,500 Sponsor
Golf and Privileges for 4 people
Recognition banner with company logo
Company name on a tee sign
Program Recognition

Birdie - $750 Sponsor
Golf and Privileges for 4 people
Company Name/Logo on sign at registration table
Program Recognition

Clubhouse - $1,000 Sponsor
Golf and Privileges for 4 people
Company Name/Logo prominently displayed on
large sign by Clubhouse
Program Recognition

Team - $550 Sponsor
Golf and Privileges for 4 people
One Tee Sign
Program Recognition

Individual Golfer-$150 Sponsor
Golf and Privileges for 1 person

Tee - $150 Sponsor
One Tee Sign
Program Recognition

We gratefully acknowledge our corporate sponsors who have already signed up for 2011.


Roaring Spring Murray Appleman American Legion Post 147 recently donated 22 “therapy dogs” to Nason Hospital.  The Josh and Friends Project use the book, I’ll Be O.K. and the cuddly “Josh” plush puppy.  The project is helping transform anxious hospital stays for children into friendship-filled adventures to wellness.  The Josh and Friends project was started to help alleviate stress and provide comfort to children going into the hospital.
 
This is the second donation of Josh and Friends “therapy dogs” from the Roaring Spring Murray Appleman American Legion Post 147 to Nason Hospital.  In 2009, ten Josh and Friends dogs were donated to Nason Hospital.  The plush dogs are given to children admitted to Nason Hospital who meet certain criteria.

Pictured representing the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Ladies Auxiliary presenting the donation to Linda Ritchey are :
(L to R) Fred Free, Cathy Loy, Anna Klepser, Linda Ritchey, Nason Hospital Community/Volunteer Coordinator, Steve Moore, and Gregory Kauffman..

Nason Hospital
Recognizes Employees Reaching Milestones
Photo: employees reaching milestones
A recognition banquet for employees reaching milestones with their years of service was held on Friday, May 13, 2011 at The Creekside Inn in East Freedom.  Forty employees were the guests of Nason Hospital CEO, Garrett Hoover, to commemorate their years of service.  Employees were presented with an awards booklet and served a delicious lunch.  Nason Hospital salutes all of our employees for the great service, quality care and years of commitment

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Nason Hospital Adds an Additional Treatment Room to Emergency Department
Nason Hospital would like to announce the addition of a treatment room to the Emergency Department.  With the addition of this room and one added a year ago, there are now nine treatment rooms available in the Emergency Department at Nason Hospital.  The room was added to create a better environment to accommodate patient needs.  Nason Hospital averages over 1,000 patient visits per month to the Emergency Department. 
 
The Emergency Department was enlarged through the reduction of office space in the Radiology Department. 
 
The Nason Hospital Emergency Department has undergone a number of physical changes in the past year.  A new triage room was added in April 2010 that allows for timely initial assessment of patients.  Limited access to the Emergency Department was also implemented in 2010.  This includes a locked entrance which requires patients and visitors use an intercom to communicate with staff and are then buzzed in through a secure door.  This enhancement provides improved patient and staff security.
 
It is the goal of Nason Hospital Emergency Department to provide quality, timely care to all patients in a safe and effective manner.  The treatment room additions and security changes are part of the plan to do both.

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Dottie Holtzman of Martinsburg received a certificate, corsage, and other gifts to honor her
as the 2011 Nason Hospital Volunteer of the Year.

Dottie has given over 6 years of service to Nason Hospital. She volunteers several days a week assembling patient records and doing a variety of other office tasks.  A carry in dinner and awards program was held on April 12, 2011 at the Martinsburg Church of God Fellowship Hall.   Awards and gifts of appreciation were given to all volunteers. The theme of the event was "Nason Hospital Volunteers Are Seeds in the Garden of Angels.”   Linda Ritchey, Community Volunteer Coordinator, states, "Dottie always has a smile and is willing to do whatever is needed.”  “She is quite an asset to Nason Hospital."  

Garrett Hoover, President/CEO and Linda Ritchey, Community Volunteer Coordinator, present Dottie Holtzman with a certificate designating her as the 2011 Nason Hospital Volunteer of the Year.

For more information, please contact Linda Ritchey, Community Volunteer Coordinator, at 224-264.

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NASON HOSPITAL HOME HEALTH AGENCY AWARDED: ADVISORMED’S 2011
“GREAT PENNSYLVANIA HOME HEALTH CARE AWARD”

Nason Hospital Home Health Agency has achieved AdvisorMed's 2011 Great Pennsylvania Home Health Care Award by demonstrating results that consistently exceed their patients’ expectations.

Nason Hospital Home Health Agency ranks within the top tier of all the Home Health Care Agencies in Pennsylvania. To calculate this award, AdvisorMed uses a variety of national standardized data including information from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) along with consumer reviews.

“In achieving this award, Nason Hospital Home Health Agency has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its residents that goes beyond the typical requirements for most Home Health Care Agencies,” says James Taylor, CEO of AdvisorMed, “I want to congratulate Nason Hospital Home Health Agency for successfully achieving these results.”

AdvisorMed is a free, online report card/health care guide featuring home health care agencies, nursing homes, and hospitals. Our goal is to help consumers with their health care choices.

“With AdvisorMed’s Award, it shows we are making a significant investment in quality within Nason Hospital Home Health Agency. This recognition from AdvisorMed, helps recognize our culture of excellence, says Garrett W. Hoover, President/CEO of Nason Hospital. “Achieving the ‘Great Pennsylvania Home Health Care Award’, also reassures our patients and families that Nason Hospital Home Health Agency is committed to maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”