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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, September 2019

Aug 29, 2019 10:21AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Petrucelli Chosen for National Ad Campaign
Fox Chapel Area High School senior Hannah Petrucelli was recently chosen to be a part of a national advertising campaign for Aerie, and is featured in a campaign which promotes Special Olympics, positive body images, and celebrating differences. The campaign also features Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and #AerieREAL role model Iskra Lawrence. The #AerieREAL campaign uses unretouched ads and encourages women to embrace their power and positivity.  Petrucelli is a member of the Fox Chapel Area High School Best Buddies Club and is also a sprinter on the school’s Unified Track & Field Team, which includes students with and without intellectual disabilities. The Unified Sports program is part of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Area Grads Place in Public Mapping Competition
Fox Chapel 2019 graduates Rachel Himmel, Sofia Porter Bacon and Justin Breen each placed in the regional Draw the Lines PA spring mapping competition. Himmel won first place and Bacon and Breen received honorable mentions. Himmel’s entry will now move to the state level and winners will be announced at the end of September. Draw the Lines PA provides resources, digital tools and data so that anyone interested can use their free digital mapping tool, DistrictBuilder, to draw their own election maps. Entries were judged on the look of the map; its metrics for factors such as compactness, competitiveness, and county splits; the quality of the accompanying essay; and the amount of outreach that went into the entry.

Reliv Wins Graphic Design USA’s American Inhouse Design Award
Reliv International, a 31-year-old health and wellness company, launched RVL Hemp Extracts (Full Spectrum & Isolates) in June and RVL Hemp Balm in July. In June, Reliv won a Graphic Design USA's (GDUSA)  American Inhouse Design Award for their packaging of their new RVL Hemp Extract products. According to Reliv's Director of Marketing, Erin Koch, in 2019 more than 6,000 entries were submitted, and Reliv placed in the top 15 percent and was recognized as one of the winners of the GDUSA.

Clarion Healthcare System, Inc. and Butler Health System Sign Agreement
Clarion Healthcare System (CHS) and Butler Health System (BHS) have signed a definitive agreement to integrate CHS and its affiliates, including Clarion Hospital, into Butler Health System. BHS and CHS announced the signing of a letter of intent in February, following the CHS board’s selection process. Since then, BHS and CHS have conducted extensive due diligence, and the proposed transaction will now be sent to regulatory authorities, including the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the Department of Health for review and approval. By combining their efforts, BHS and CHS will solidify the future of care in their communities, providing high quality, accessible, and affordable services. By working with BHS, CHS will be in a stronger position to make strategic investments in new programs, services and technology.

Chefs for Seniors Launches in Allison Park
Allison Park is now home to Chefs for Seniors, a national franchise that specializes in providing affordable, fresh and healthy meals to senior citizens. Local professional chefs prepare affordable meals for the week in seniors’ homes using the freshest ingredients, while offering a fun, interactive experience. Clients select meals from a regional menu which can be customized to the client’s dietary preferences and needs. The process aims to be an affordable option for seniors who may want fresh home-cooked meals, but who may be physically unable to cook the meals for themselves. Chefs for Seniors offers rotating menu options, which includes select chef creations inspired by the region. Chefs for Seniors is owned by personal chef Matt Rice. To learn more, visit  or call 724-766-1500.

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Ranked #15 in Nation
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside has once again been named to the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is ranked #15 in the nation, as well as #1 in Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh. The ranking reflects the exceptional care delivered every day by UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside’s extraordinary doctors, nurses, and staff.

La Roche University Championed as a College of Distinction
La Roche University has received national recognition as a College of Distinction for the eighth consecutive year. The designation recognizes La Roche for exhibiting excellence in the classroom and for incorporating high-impact practices in every student’s undergraduate education. The University’s student-centered programming includes study abroad experiences included in the cost of tuition; novel research as part of the La Roche Honors Institute; internships; service-learning experiences; and project-based course assignments that serve the local community. La Roche is recognized as a Pennsylvania College of Distinction, a Catholic College of Distinction and a Career Development College of Distinction. 

Hours Change at Carnegie Science Center
For the 2019–2020 season, the Science Center will be closed on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 3 through April 28, except for Dec. 31 and April 7. Highmark SportsWorks® and The Rangos Giant Cinema will also be closed on Tuesdays. This one day a week closure will be used to repair and maintain exhibits, attend to general facility upkeep, and conduct staff trainings. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History also are closed on Tuesdays except from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and The Andy Warhol Museum is closed on Mondays, making this adjustment to the Science Center’s hours consistent with the other Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Butler Memorial Hospital Recognized as a UPMC Health Plan Center of Excellence
Butler Memorial Hospital has been designated a UPMC Health Plan Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery Center of Excellence. This UPMC Health Plan program recognizes surgical facilities and orthopedic surgeons that demonstrate high quality outcomes, low complication rates, and the best patient experience for UPMC Health Plan members in need of joint replacement surgery. Orthopedic surgeons and hospitals who are awarded the Center of Excellence designation have passed a rigorous credentialing process based upon established patient-centric and evidence-based best practices that result in best patient outcomes. In this process, they must demonstrate the finest patient experience throughout the entire care process, from pre-surgical consultation to postsurgical recovery and return to a functional lifestyle, and a commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Heritage Valley Multispecialty Group Welcomes Dr. Apeksha Patel
Heritage Valley Multispecialty Group Family Practice Associates-Hopewell welcomes Apeksha Patel, MD, to the practice. Patel completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver Falls, PA after obtaining her medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine in Osbourn, Antigua. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, and the Beaver County Medical Society. Dr. Patel joins Dr. James N. Priola and Bonnie Wasson, CRNP, at the Hopewell practice. She is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 724-773-4650. The practice is located at 99 Buss Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001. 

Shaler Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Shaler Area Athletic Department is proud to announce the inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame 2019, who will be celebrated at a banquet held on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Shaler Area Middle School. The inductees are Tom Gralewski—baseball/football; Brian Junker—baseball/football/basketball; Abi May—cross country/swimming/track & field; Peggy Reufle—basketball/softball/volleyball; Rick Saulle—soccer; Bryan Smetanka—football/basketball/baseball; and Steve Truban—community supporter. 

Duvet Joins BHS Women’s Care Associates
Butler Health System is pleased to announce that Mildred Duvet, MD will be joining BHS Women’s Care Associates. Dr. Duvet completed her undergraduate studies at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.  She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown. She will be seeing patients at 129 Oneida Valley Road, Suite 211 in Butler, PA and at 219 West Fairmont Avenue in New Castle.

BHS Pulmonary Associates Welcomes Shuman
Butler Health System Primary Care is pleased to announce that Toby Lynn Shuman, DO has joined BHS Pulmonary Associates. Shuman completed her residency at St. John’s Detroit Riverview Hospital in Detroit, MI and received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, MI. She completed her fellowship in pulmonary, critical care/sleep medicine at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, MI. Dr. Shuman is board-certified in obesity medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. She will be seeing patients at 389 New Castle Road, Butler; 2 Park Way, Seneca Commons, Seneca, PA and at 432 3rd Avenue, Ford City, PA.

In Tune With The Arts Students Perform at Hard Rock
In Tune with The Arts Studios of Gibsonia recently completed their Harmonix and Beatz A Cappella Summer Camp, and on June 26, its students had an opportunity to perform on the Hard Rock Stage with the nationally acclaimed a cappella group, Ball In The House. For an entire week, they worked with professional teachers and attended specialty classes taught by Scott Blasey of The Clarks and Chris Jamison, who was the third runner up on the seventh episode of The Voice. Ball In The House spent two days with students preparing them for the show. Ryan Perrotte, owner of In Tune With the Arts, runs the camp and is the Pennsylvania State Representative for the A Cappella Association (AEA) and serves on the board of directors for the American Choral Directors Association in Pennsylvania (ACDA-PA) as the vocal jazz/commercial music chair. For more info, visit

Heritage Valley Hospitals Receive American Heart Association Stroke Quality Achievement Awards 
Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for their commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Heritage Valley Beaver has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Heritage Valley Sewickley has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 
Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

St. Margaret Foundation Earns Record Amount of Employee Donations
St. Margaret Foundation recently announced the record-breaking results for its 2019 Employee Giving Campaign that ended August 12. A total of 560 UPMC St. Margaret employees donated $129,685—the highest amount in the hospital’s history. St. Margaret Foundation funds three strategic priorities: patient access, patient experience and patient education. Employees had the opportunity to give to one of seven funds—Area of Greatest Need; The Bed Fund for under-resourced patients; the Oncology Fund; The Family Health Center Fund; School of Nursing Fund; Employee Emergency Fund; and Nursing Recognition Fund. More than 100 of the 560 employee donors are members of the Hour-a-Month Society, donating an hour of pay to their favorite cause. Twenty-six donors donated two hours a month or more. The greatest support was donated to the Area of Greatest Need which funds free transportation to chemotherapy and other treatments, free medication and medical devices, free flu shots and health screenings, flood support, community CPR training, family sleep chairs and more; followed by the Employee Emergency Fund and the Oncology Fund.