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January 8, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Administered to Heritage Valley Physicians, Staff and First Responders
Heritage Valley Health System has administered more than 2,600 “first-doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine and several hundred more employees and first responders are scheduled to receive the vaccine in early January. Two doses are required for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
To date, Heritage Valley Health System has received 1,950 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and 2,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Employee vaccination clinics have been held at the three hospital campuses in Beaver, Kennedy Township, and Sewickley. (Pictured right is Marianne Warkonyi, Unit Clerk, receiving the vaccine administered by Amy Beck, RN.)
Once more vaccine doses are available and received, administration of the vaccine to the community will take place under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health as follows: 
Phase Description
1a       Healthcare Personnel and Long-term care facility residents – (In-process)
1b       Frontline essential workers and Persons > 75 years  – (As vaccine becomes available)
1c       Persons aged 65 – 74 years and persons aged 16 – 64 with high-risk medical conditions
2         All remaining community members >16
To help facilitate the vaccination effort, Heritage Valley developed an automated tool for individuals to schedule their first and second doses and record those dates on their electronic calendars.  “This automated process seamlessly allows individuals to schedule appointments at their convenience and enables the Health System to perform all of the required reporting associated with the COVID-19 vaccine process,” said Jon Zagorski, Chief Information Officer, Heritage Valley Health System.
"We are committed to open, timely communication regarding the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine to the public," said Norm Mitry, President & CEO, Heritage Valley Health System. "Heritage Valley has developed a vaccine distribution plan that will be implemented as soon as we receive additional doses for the community. We ask that you remain connected to Heritage Valley through E-Connections, our website, and social media to stay apprised of the latest information." 
Service Spotlight:
Senior Living at The Willows
Senior Living at The Willows, located in Kennedy Township, provides senior living choices including Independent Living, Personal Care, and Memory Care. The Willows is part of Heritage Valley Health System and offers convenience to the Heritage Valley Kennedy hospital and a variety of physicians directly across the street from the residence.

The seniors who reside at The Willows enjoy a variety of activities and amenities designed to suit their active lifestyles, all in an inviting atmosphere of comfort and community. Nutritious dining options are available for residents, as well as the added sense of security with an emergency communication system and staff available 24 hours a day so residents and their families know that help is available if needed.

Learn more about this community by viewing a Virtual Tour! Or, go to The Willows website at willowsseniorliving.com.
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Heritage Valley Continues to Provide COVID-19 Testing

Testing at ConvenientCare
Patients can obtain testing after completing a telehealth/telephone visit with a provider at one of the seven ConvenientCare locations or by calling the Heritage Valley COVID Call Center at 724-773-4285. Once a visit is completed and the test ordered, patients will be directed to a ConvenientCare location for testing. Patients will be able to drive up to any of our seven ConvenientCare locations (Aliquippa, Center Twp., Chippewa, Edgeworth, Ellwood City, Robinson Twp., Calcutta, Ohio) -- and remain in their car while clinical staff come to the car and assist in the collection of the COVID-19 sample. 

Drive-Thru Testing
Heritage Valley Health System continues to offer scheduled drive-thru COVID-19 and Flu testing in Beaver (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays) and Moon Township (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. An authorized order from a Heritage Valley physician OR Heritage Valley ConvenientCare provider is required for COVID-19 and Flu tests at these locations. After receiving an order, patients may call 1-800-721-6237 for an appointment. Appointments are scheduled every 5 minutes.

Patients must be at least 2 years old to be tested. After having samples taken, individuals are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine at home until the test results are received. To learn more about COVID-19 and Flu testing, click here.
Support Heritage Valley through the COVID-19 Response Fund
The COVID-19 Response Fund is used for patient care and funding critically important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for doctors, nurses, and clinical staff. For more information or to donate, click here.