Monongahela Valley Hospital Kicks Off Capital Campaign

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Cheryl Timko and Lou Panza

Guests had to check their calendars to make sure it wasn’t Cinquo de Mayo when they entered the ballroom at the Westin Convention Center for Monongahela Valley Hospital’s twenty-third gala — “A Mexican Fiesta” — on May 21, which was sponsored by the Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee.

A mariachi band played in the room that was blazing with vivid colors to set the mood for MVH’s celebration of growth and new beginnings.

One of the many highlights of the festive evening was when Louis J. Panza Jr., CEO of MVH, announced the kickoff of the Hospital’s capital campaign to the more than 500 supporters in attendance including, elected officials, physicians, staff and friends of the hospital.

“As we move forward — not just as a hospital — but as the Mon Valley community — we need to work together to make our region a great place to live, work and visit,” said Mr. Panza. “Monongahela Valley Hospital is doing its part by offering high-quality medical care that meets the needs of our patients and acts as an economic stimulator for our community.”

The capital campaign will help finance a $25 million construction project that includes upgrading surgical capacity with four new operating suites, expanding the post-anesthesia care unit, providing the latest technology for cancer therapy and wound care, and enhancing hospital support systems.

“This expansion project will build on our strengths in wound care, surgery and cancer treatment and allow the hospital to remain on the cutting edge in the delivery of medical care,” Mr. Panza told the audience. “This will be the MVH’s largest renovation and expansion since the construction of the new hospital in 1976. And, it is a true community project. We are building for the community — with the community. That’s why your support is so important.”

The Mon Vale Development Health Resources Fund Development Committee was formed in 1988. The Committee raised approximately $ 129,000 from the Mexican Fiesta bringing proceeds from the 23 Galas to more than $2.3 million.

Gala 23 began at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner at

7 p.m. The evening concluded with a coffee bar and dancing by Pure Gold.