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Especially for Teens Event – Wednesday, September 18


Youth Alternatives, Adagio Health, and UPMC Northwest have teamed up to bring an “Especially for Teens (and their Families)” event to the community on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cranberry Mall. 

Adagio Health hosted a teen night along with Youth Alternatives’ Health Resource Center this past March with some success.

“We wanted to expand the teen night to make it available to more participants in a larger venue,” according to Kathy Smerkar, Adagio Health Office Manager.  The three agencies planned the event to be similar to the successful, long standing “Especially for Women” model that UPMC Northwest and Adagio Health use for their annual health and wellness event each October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Free services and screenings will include a distracted driving simulator from PennDOT, vision screening offered by the Venango County Blind Association, and blood type testing provided by UPMC Northwest.  (Parental signature will be required for blood type testing).

There will be over 15 agencies available with information geared towards teenagers and their family members.  Games, prizes, and giveaways will be some of the highlights, and a free gift will be given to the first 100 teens. A light supper of pizza, chips, cookies and drinks will be provided to participants.

Pre-registration is not required but highly encouraged to allow for an accurate food count.  To register, please call Adagio Health at (814) 676-1811.

“There is so much information in our community that is important for our teens and their families to know. We are bringing all of that together in one place to help teens and their families navigate the sometimes confusing world of being a teen,” says Corinne Carbaugh, Health Resource Center Coordinator at Youth Alternatives. “We are hoping that this will become a yearly event,” the committee commented.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

UPMC Northwest Names Robin Melvin New CNO


Robin L. Melvin, MSN, RN of Cambridge Springs, was  named Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at UPMC Northwest effective May 12. Robin comes to UPMC NW from UPMC Hamot with more than 30 years experience and expertise in critical care nursing education and progressive leadership demonstrating successful operational leadership.

Robin has a proven history of passion, persistence, and a vision to achieving nursing excellence. She successfully promoted and fostered a culture of professional nursing through the establishment of a strong Shared Governance model with five autonomous nursing councils.

Robin has developed strong collaborative relationships with leaders and frontline staff across the UPMC system. She is a champion and supports the professional development of clinical nurses through 1:1 mentoring, quality improvement initiatives, and encouragement of degree and specialty certification attainment.

Most recently, she attained a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and completed a master training course for TeamSTEPPS. According to Brian Durniok, UPMC Northwest President, “Robin is a dedicated and knowledgeable leader focused on achieving a culture of service excellence, patient safety and quality, and employee engagement.” Her career in healthcare is as impressive as it is substantive and I look forward to welcoming her to the UPMC Northwest community.”

In her new role, Robin will provide executive nursing management, direction, and leadership. She will be responsible for driving, supporting, and modeling a caring service-oriented professional culture and will serve as a member of the executive leadership team. Welcome Robin! 

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Venango Holds Fifth Session: Leading a Healthy Community


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On January 9, the class of Leadership Venango met at UPMC Northwest for an enlightening session about achieving a healthy community.  Joyce Morgan, Director of Patient and Community Relations and Diabetes Center, and Cheri Siverling, Director of the Family Birthing Center, shared some of the struggles Venango County faces from a healthcare standpoint. UPMC Northwest conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years.  The hospital identifies three areas of significant health needs of our community. Resources and programs then center around these areas.  Currently, the areas of focus are diabetes, respiratory diseases, and maternal infant health.

Joyce highlighted the Better Breathing Clinic and Smoking Cessation classes that UPMC offers, as well as the opportunity for individual instruction with a Diabetes Educator. Cheri discussed the high occurrence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Venango County. NAS is a group of problems associated with withdrawal that occurs when a baby has been exposed to certain drugs in the mother’s womb. Sadly, Venango County is the 3rd highest county for infants diagnosed with NAS, according to the PA Healthcare Cost Containment Council Bulletin in December 2018. Many services are available to help these families through Human Services and Community Services. 

Following Joyce and Cheri, Aaron Rosen, Senior HR Consultant for UPMC, shared insight on creating a healthy work community. Aaron shared UPMC’s five core values they expect each employee to uphold. They build the culture of UPMC Northwest around these values and they are what they look for when hiring a new employee or evaluating current employees.  Aaron stated: “You must create an environment that employees want to work in; when you have happy employees they inherently give better care to the patients.”

The class then took a quick tour of the new Hillman Cancer Center, TeleMed unit, and Stroke unit and got to hear about the successes of each. Though UPMC Northwest is located in a smaller community, they offer many state-of-the-art services to their patients and are on the cutting edge of new technology.

Brian Durniok, President of UPMC Northwest, spent some time with the class following lunch. He discussed his management style, the importance of delegating, and how he empowers his employees to make quick decisions. The class was able to spend some time in a dynamic discussion on current affairs of the hospital and healthcare in general with Brian.

The class ended the day with Joe Croskey, who is a Mindfulness Coach and Assistant Professor at Clarion University. Joe led the class in meditation and breathing exercises and talked about how to be a mindful listener. He spoke on the importance of self-awareness and emotional intelligence, and reminded the class to be intentional with themselves and others.

The 2019 class of Leadership Venango will meet again on February 13 at Venango College. For more information, visit leadershipvenango.org

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s February 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.