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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, August 2019

Jul 30, 2019 09:23AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

A.W. Beattie Team Wins Third Place in SkillsUSA National Competition

State champions from across the country competed in the SkillsUSA National Competition for Chapter Display, in which teams of three construct a kiosk from scratch to represent their career center and articulate programs, hands-on experiences and workplace safety. Lizzie Ahlborn and Matt O’Malley of Northgate and Jeff Swanson, who is homeschooled in Pine-Richland, worked on their project for the last nine months and earned third place. The students won the state championship in April.

Carroll Elected to Prime Stage Theatre Board

Joseph A. Carroll, an associate in the litigation and dispute resolution group at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been elected to the board of directors of Prime Stage Theatre, a professional, nonprofit theater company in Pittsburgh. Since it was founded in 1996 by Wayne and Connie Brinda, Prime Stage has presented more than 75 professionally produced plays based on works of classic and contemporary literature, along with numerous educational programs. The company’s unique combination of theater and education have been shown to quantifiably improve literacy.

Martinis and Monet

The Martinis with Monet Art Expo opened July 10, 2019 at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center, and awards were announced during the gala opening, which was a fundraiser for the CTCC. First place went to Lorrie Anne Minicozzi for her graphite drawing, I Am Small and I Count. Second place was awarded to Alan Byrne for his Ketchup Row oil painting. Third place went to Cynthia Gilberti for her pastel painting, Sea Grass–St. Michaels. The Irene Ackerman watercolor award went to Leslie Baldwin for Retro Mixology Setup. Honorable mentions went to Marian Salade (Chappaquidik), Larry Brandstetter (One Olive or Two Claude), and William Karaffa (The King).

Vincentian Acquires Schenley Gardens

Vincentian has acquired Schenley Gardens, a personal care senior community located on Bigelow Blvd. that offers a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Schenley Gardens becomes Vincentian’s third personal care home in Allegheny County and joins a healthcare system that serves more than 2,000 seniors annually. In the next year, Vincentian will invest more than $1 million in capital improvements at Schenley Gardens, while also providing professional development, training and career advancement opportunities for current employees. Schenley Gardens employs approximately 80 people, and that number will grow as Vincentian welcomes new residents to the community.

Dutilh Church Donates $5,000 to Library Makerspace Project

Dutilh United Methodist Church pledged $5,000 toward Cranberry Twp. Community Chest’s (CTCC) largest ever community project, Forge Ahead: Library Makeover. The church has underwritten the creation of a textile arts and crafts component which will fund a sewing machine, a tabletop weaving loom and all the supporting items for those machines like scissors, cutting mats, and needles. Starter consumable items such as yarn, buttons, and fabric will also be covered with the contribution. Makerspaces are all about building community, and this partnership is a win for the Cranberry Library and Dutilh Church.

UPMC Passavant Names Lorenz New VP of Operations

Keith Lorenz, M.H.A., has been appointed vice president of operations for UPMC Passavant. He will support and lead the hospital in its goal to be the best place for people to work, patients to receive care and for advanced care providers and physicians to practice medicine.  Since 2017, Lorenz has served on UPMC Passavant’s executive management group as senior director of ancillary services overseeing key essential services departments. He has worked closely with the Passavant Hospital Foundation and has been instrumental in securing millions of dollars in grant and matching funds for campus revitalization projects. Lorenz earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University.

Seneca Valley Publications Receive Awards

Seneca Valley (SV) recently earned three awards in the National School Public Relations Association’s (NSPRA) 2019 Publications and Digital Media Contest. SV's Communications Department received an Award of Excellence for the annual report, The Future Starts Here, an Honorable Mention for the Raider Pride e-newsletter and an Honorable Mention for the special purpose webpage dedicated to the story of Ryan Gloyer Middle School. Linda Andreassi, director of communications, and Katie Huttinger, media support specialist, coordinate and develop publications for the Seneca Valley School District.

Bridges Health Partners LLC and Aetna Announce Agreement

Bridges Health Partners LLC, a clinically integrated network, and Aetna have entered into an Accountable Care Organization agreement for Aetna’s Medicare Advantage members in western PA. The agreement is designed to improve coordination, clinical performance, efficiency, and cost of care provided to Aetna’s Medicare Advantage members.

Students Selected to Participate in HOBY Leadership Seminar

Three Fox Chapel High School juniors—Ava Kazmierczak, Ryan Kenyon, and Abigail Rickin-Marks—were selected to receive the distinguished Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) award and attended the Pennsylvania-West HOBY Leadership Seminar June 14-16 at Washington and Jefferson College. As part of the seminar, the students explored their personal leadership strengths and learned how to apply them to serve their community. For more than five decades, HOBY has inspired young people to make a difference and become catalysts for positive change in their home, school, workplace, and community.

Butler Memorial Receives Chest Pain–MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement

Butler Memorial Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain–MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. Butler Memorial Hospital is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes the hospital’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that they have reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

CCAC Campus President Appointed to AACC Commission

Dr. Evon Walters, CCAC’s interim Northwest Campus president, has been appointed by the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to serve a three-year term on AACC’s Commission on Student Success. Walters provides leadership and oversight of CCAC’s Allegheny Campus, North Campus, West Hills Center, Homewood-Brushton Center, Energy Innovation Center and the trade union facilities. The Commission on Student Success will focus on student access and success, and organizational transformation.

Student-Produced WSSA-TV News Story Earns Emmy Nomination

A team of six Shady Side Academy Senior School students and recent graduates earned a 2019 Student Emmy nomination for a WSSA-TV news story they produced about SSA students' response to gun violence after the Parkland, FL school shooting in 2018. Students who worked on the story include senior George Grune (director/editor/videographer); senior Elle Santora (talent); 2018 graduate Jackson Clark (videographer); senior Jack Naughton (writing); 2019 graduate Max Farner (videographer); and 2019 graduate Ronan O'Connor (videographer). The 

WSSA-TV faculty/staff advisor is Visual Media Manager James Knox. The story was part of the April 16, 2018, episode of the WSSA-TV 10:05 News and covered March for Our Lives in downtown Pittsburgh, which was organized by SSA students Erin and Emma Simard, as well as SSA's participation in the National School Walkout. It also focused on the discourse among Senior School student groups about gun violence, and the academy's efforts to enhance campus security.