Community Action Agencies Play Crucial Role
May is "Community Action Month" in Pennsylvania, and I joined one of Pennsylvania's finest local agencies, Community Action Southwest, to mark the 50th anniversary of the law that created similar organizations nationwide.
To mark the month, I presenated a Senate resolution recognizing community action agencies to Darlene Bigler, CASW executive director (photo left).
Community action agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, a law directing our nation's human and financial resources in the fight against poverty.
Fighting poverty at the local level through direct aid and innovative programs and partnerships, community action agencies have fostered self-sufficiency among persons and families with limited incomes for 50 years.
Local community action agencies partner with the Commonwealth to provide a crucial role in integrating private, nonprofit and community resources and welfare systems with the goal of helping low-income Pennsylvanians improve their living conditions and attain dignity.
Marking Nurses' Week in Monongahela
May 6 through 12 was Nurses Week in Pennsylvania and I enjoyed visiting Monongahela Valley Hospital in Monongahela to mark the event. I presented the hospital with copies of my Senate Resolution recognizing the critical work nurses do in our health-care system.
In the photo above (l to r) are: Emilee Hawk, RN; Mary Lou Murt, RN, Senior Vice President for Nursing; me; Shelia Amati, RN; and Sherri Senich, RN, ED clinical coordinator.
In the top photo on the left, I’m standing with Louis J. Panza Jr., Monongahela Valley Hospital President and CEO. In the bottom photo with me is Thomas J. Cullen, R.Ph., Senior Vice President, Strategic Development.
Pennsylvania has 212,000 registered nurses, including approximately 55,000 licensed practical nurses and 12,000 advanced practice registered nurses.
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association includes 31 organizational affiliates and is the largest professional nurses association in the Commonwealth.
Rolling Meadows Celebrates the 'Aloha Spirit'
Skilled nursing care centers of the American Health Care Association recently held events in observance of National Nursing Home Week, which celebrated this year's theme of "Living the Aloha Spirit.”
I visited Rolling Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation in Waynesburg recently to join its celebration and talk to residents about their care and their goals.
Health-care and the welfare of our senior population are top priorities in Harrisburg and I’m committed to improving programs that assist older Pennsylvanians and people with
disabilities in living fulfilling and enriching lives. Attributes of the "aloha spirit" include showing older adults and persons with disabilities patience, kindness, respect and compassion.
Consulate Opens Dementia Wing
I was happy to help Consulate Health Care of North Strabane cut the ribbon on its new Secure Dementia Unit. Joining me in the photo above (left to right) are: Canonsburg Mayor David Rhome, Kevin Sabo, regional vice president of operations for Consulate Health Care, Mary Deems, executive director of the personal-care home and Irene Price who oversees the skilled building as well as personal care.
Duquesne Light Offers First Responder Safety Program
Volunteer firefighters and all first responders face many life-and-death situations during the course of their work. One of the most dangerous occurs when firefighters and first responders approach a downed wire, not knowing if it is a live electrical wire or a cable or phone wire.
To help improve safety for first responders, Duquesne Light Company is hosting a Safety Awareness Program to help emergency workers in Allegheny and Beaver counties better understand and minimize the dangers of working near energized power lines.
The program involves a presentation outlining Duquesne Light procedures and equipment as well as a graphic demonstration of the dangers of electric power lines using a high-voltage demo trailer nicknamed the “Juicer”. The program is being offered on the following dates:
Tuesday, June 3rd 2014 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, August 26th 2014 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, November 11 2014 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
All sessions will be held at Duquesne Light's Woods Run Complex located on Pittsburgh's North Side at 2825 New Beaver Avenue, Pittsburgh 15233.
Anyone interested in attending should contact Nick Borsa by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 412-393-7839.