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AVH Auxiliary Celebrates Holiday Season by Giving Generously to AKMC

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Natrona Heights, Pa. – The AVH Auxiliary held its holiday party on December 7 in the Charles Young Conference Center at Alle-Kiski Medical Center. The festive atmosphere included the spirit of holiday giving at the annual event.

The AKMC Rehabilitation Services Department received $12,000 to establish a Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, which will be located in the Heights Plaza Outpatient Physical Therapy facility. The clinic will be the first of its kind in the area.

“Low vision rehabilitation is a new and emerging area of occupational therapy,” said Kristy Ondriezek, an occupational therapist at AKMC who will oversee the program. “The goal is to promote independence, safety and health for those in our community who are living with visual deficits caused by disorders such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or neurological conditions like stroke and multiple sclerosis.”

“The Auxiliary members felt it was important to support this new clinic because it is a unique concept that will enhance the quality of life for so many people in the Alle-Kiski Valley and beyond,” said Ruth Becker, President of the AVH Auxiliary. “We viewed our gift not just as an investment in Alle-Kiski Medical Center, but also as an investment in the entire community.”

Marianne Hetrick, Chairwoman of the AVH Auxiliary Gift Shop Steering Committee, thanked the Gift Shop committee members and volunteers for their hard work all year and presented the AKMC Trust with a check for $50,000 from the shop’s annual proceeds.

Kim Giovannelli, Director of Community Services, who also oversees the volunteer program, was recognized for 30 years of service to AKMC. Giovannelli began working at the hospital in 1980 as a social worker. She has held several positions during her tenure and was promoted to her current position in 2006.

Auxiliary members also enjoyed a performance of Christmas music by the Highlands Senior High School Madrigals Chorus.

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