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THANK YOU for joining us on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at the UPMC  Horizon WomanCare Center for our newest fundraiser – Cackles, Clutches & Cocktails!  The event was a huge success thanks to your participation and the support of these, our sponsors.

 

The proceeds from the evening support the UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation and medical programs in your community.

 

 

 

FullSizeRender (00F)The UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation’s 22nd Annual Golf Master’s Scramble was held at the Avalon at Buhl on Monday, June 27.  Golfers were greeted by a beautiful blue sky!

The day began with a great breakfast, a putting contest and a basket raffle and after 18 holes of golf, golfers
and guests enjoyed delicious appetizers and a buffet dinner.

The golf outing is our largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds are used to address unmet health and human service needs in our community.  Thank you to everyone who sponsored the event, golfed and to our many volunteers who made the day very special!FullSizeRender (015)image13

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IMG_5349Thank you to our ten 9th graders who served as trainers for the fifth graders at Farrell Schools this past year.

These ninth grade students went above and beyond by being our first students to participate in the Healthy Habits for Life program as fitness trainers.  This year, these ten students taught healthy eating and exercises to their 5th grade peers at Farrell Schools.

UPMC Horizon Wellness Center’s Heather Parks presented each of the ninth grade trainers with a gift card to Dunham’s and a participation certificate.  The program is funded by the UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation.

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The program, initiated in 2014/2015 school year has been in the development phase.  Now, the program is ready to fully implement for the 2016/2017 school year.

Do you know of of a school that would like to see this program?  Read the Program Information and complete the Application.

 

 

 

 

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IMG_5255 croppedThank you to the hundreds of people who purchased plants from us at one of our Mather’s Day Plant Sale locations last week.

 

You made this fundraiser a huge success!  Your purchase helped to support one of the many great programs of the UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation.

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needs cleaned pile croppedIt was a very impressive year for the Medical Equipment Recycling Program.  At a time when insurances are covering less equipment, we are thankful to community donations that have enabled us to help even more people.

MERP loaned 2,989 pieces of equipment to 2,114 people in 2015, a 39% increase over 2014’s recipient numbers.  The total value of the equipment we loaned this year is $671,690.

With your donations, we loaned 305 wheelchairs, 576 shower/tub chairs, 103 hospital beds and 42 lift chairs.

Additionally, we made over 175 pickups and deliveries in 2015, assisting those who cannot get to MERP.

We cannot do it without YOUR support.  Please consider donating today.  Equipment can be brought to either MERP location.  Call us at 724-347-6377 to make arrangements.  Financial support assists us with refurbishing expenses.  Please consider a generous gift today by clicking the Donate Now button!

In comparison, the totals for the entire year of 2014:
MERP loaned 2,142 pieces of equipment valued at $303,476 to 1,538 people.

 

A team from St. Mary Medical Center visited this past fall to tour both MERP facilities.  St. Mary Medical Center is a 373 bed facility located in Langhorne, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.

walkers greenville croppedIn 2012, a MERP coordinator and the UPMC Horizon Hospital director of volunteer services gave a
presentation about our MERP program at a national conference.  The St. Mary Medical Center staff just so happened to be at the conference, heard the presentation and thought, “We could do that too!”  They were so excited about our MERP program’s successes that they returned to Langhorne and immediately began the long process that would lead to their own medical equipment re-use program.  Four years later, they are almost ready to loan out their first piece of equipment!  For now, their medical equipment re-use program will be run out of their St. Mary Thrift Store right in the downtown.  A grand opening is scheduled for February 1, 2016.

They wanted to visit our facilities so they could see our processes and ask questions.  During their
two-day visit, many ideas and suggestions were exchanged.  “This  is going to be a very beneficial
partnership for both parties.  We are extremely excited that another hospital wants to emulate what we have developed!” stated Kateri Linn.  We wish them much luck in this exciting endeavor.

 

We found a really great machine that might actually help MERP staff and volunteers to get out from under that mountain of uncleaned medical equipment!  The equipment washer is like a giant dishwasher made specifically for medical equipment.

IMG_6765In November, we found a facility in our area using one of these
machines, and we just had to go take a look!  MERP representatives traveled to St. Paul Homes in Greenville to look at their equipment washer, the same brand of washer we are seeking.

The washer has been used at St. Paul’s for years, assisting them in the cleaning and sterilizing of their resident’s wheelchairs.  They were kind enough to start it up for us, so we could see it in action!IMG_6431

The main reason we have to put someone on a waiting list is that although we have the equipment, it is not yet cleaned and sanitized.  This machine would definitely help us to alleviate some of our waiting lists!  We are hoping to raise the funds and possibly secure some grant funding to purchase our own equipment washer sometime in 2016.

 

Prince of Peace Center in Farrell approached the UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation with a grant request to purchase a new van that seated up to seven passengers.  UPMC challenged Prince of Peace Center to raise $5,000 and if so, we would match their efforts with a $5,000 matching grant to purchase the van.  Prince of Peace was so successful in their fundraising efforts that they raised enough funding to receive the $5,000 matching grant from UPMC and in October 2015, purchased two used vans!  The vans are used primarily for two Prince of Peace programs: Family Support Services (HOPE Advocacy Progran and Project RUTH  Program) and AWESOME, life skills classes.  These programs assist over 75 people a year and 28 families a year! The vans can also be used to pick up and deliver food and donations when needed.  UPMC is proud to support the Prince of Peace Center.

BOO BALL FLYER BANNER

BBcropedOur annual Boo Ball isn’t just an important fund raiser for the foundation, its fun.  AND it was on Halloween this year!  Ghouls and zombies, clowns and hippies danced to the funky sounds of Rudy and the Professionals.  Princesses and witches nibbled on hors d’oeuvres while waiting for the chance to have fortunes read by a psychic reader.

BOO BALL FLYER PANELProceeds from the Boo Ball are used to help fund the Foundation’s signature program, the Medical Equipment Recycling Program (MERP).  This program  loans medical equipment to those who can’t afford to purchase the equipment they need to BOO BALL 201303function.

The Boo Ball party ended with a costume contest, the winners receiving massive UPMC Horizon chocolate bars.  If you couldn’t be there this year, you won’t want to miss it next year!   Thank you to our sponsors and attendees for supporting MERP!

 

 

IMG_3503The Mercer County N.A.A.C.P awarded MERP the Community Service Award at their Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.  The event was held at the Park Inn on Friday October 2nd.   MERP Coordinator, Kateri Linn attended the banquet to receive the award and was accompanied by MERP volunteers, Jeannie   Kennedy, Gayle Miller and Maryann Miller.

“We are so proud of MERP and all the accomplishments that led to the receipt of this great honor,” said Kateri.  MERP loaned equipment to its 10,000th  recipient in 2015 and we look forward to continuing to serve Mercer County and the surrounding areas for years to come.  Thank you to the N.A.A.C.P for honoring our program and for continuing to support our mission to provide medical equipment to anyone in need in our region.