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May 27, 2022

Heritage Valley Health System's E-Connections newsletter is published bi-weekly.

Our next issue will be Friday, June 10, 2022.

Join Our Team!

Below are some of our employees who earned service recognition awards this year and were celebrated during National Hospital Week. If you would like to join our talented and dedicated Heritage Valley team, we’d love to hear from you! A variety of career opportunities exists in both clinical and non-clinical areas. Heritage Valley Health System offers a competitive and comprehensive wage and benefit package and the chance to work for a healthcare team that is committed to improving the health and well-being of all people in the communities we serve.


Please visit www.heritagevalley.org/careers/ to explore employment opportunities. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at recruiter@hvhs.org.

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Food trucks were at all three hospital campuses to celebrate National Hospital Week and employees enjoyed complimentary lunches, dinners and prizes!

Cataracts are our Specialty!


If you currently have cataracts, or are concerned that vision problems you are experiencing may be related to cataracts, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with one of Heritage Valley Health System’s Board Certified Ophthalmologists with Cataract Surgery privileges! June is Cataract Awareness Month, which makes this a great time to shed some light on this common, but treatable, eye condition. 

What exactly is a cataract, and what causes them? A cataract is a clouded area in the eye’s lens. Aging is the most common cause. Normal proteins in the eye lens start to break down after age 40, and many people over age 60 experience some clouding of their lenses. However, significant vision problems may not occur until years later. Cataracts can be hereditary, and may also be caused by certain diseases, such as diabetes, smoking, an eye injury, damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun and the use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids. 

The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgical removal. That’s where we come in! The Board-Certified Ophthalmologists of Heritage Valley Health System who specialize in cataract surgery perform thousands of vision-restoring surgeries annually. Typically, your damaged natural lens can be replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) that will improve your vision dramatically. You will be able to go home in a few hours, and resume normal work and recreational activities within a few days.

Most cataract surgeries are performed in an outpatient setting at one of the following locations: Heritage Valley Beaver hospital, Heritage Valley Kennedy hospital or the Beaver Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center, located in the Heritage Valley Center Township Medical Neighborhood at 79 Wagner Road in Monaca. 

In addition to cataract surgery, Heritage Valley offers the following outpatient ophthalmology procedures:

  • Eye Lid Surgery
  • Brow Lift Surgery
  • Eye Muscle Surgery
  • Retina Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Diabetic Eye Treatment


Please call one of our Ophthalmologists with Cataract Surgery privileges for more information or to schedule an appointment.

  • Andrew H. Ruzich, MD, PC (724-695-3371)
  • Arthur M. Brant, MD (724-773-9660)
  • Associates in Ophthalmology: Lisa Cibik, MD (412-653-3080)
  • Daniel J. Nadler, MD & Associates: Amanda Cook, MD; Melissa DeRenzo, MD (412-741-5577)
  • Karlik Ophthalmology: Jeffrey Karlik, MD; Troy Karlik, DO (412-931-8101)
  • Ophthalmology Consultants: Laura Pallan, MD (412-264-2020)
  • Pittsburgh Oculoplastic Associates: Lance Bodily, MD; Daniel Buerger, MD (412-681-4220)
  • Sightline Ophthalmic Associates: Paul Phillips, MD (724-933-5588)
  • The Sewickley Eye Group: Ivan Baumwell, MD; Richard Bowers, MD (412-741-4610)
  • Western PA Eye Physicians & Surgeons: Alison Zambelli, MD; George Zambelli, MD (724-728-5000)

Celebrate 20 Years of Running on June 4th

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For 20 years, Heritage Valley Health System has been proud to be the Corporate Sponsor of the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department 5K/10K Race, the longest continual and most attended organized race in Beaver County.

The annual race/walk, which will take place on Saturday, June 4, is Beaver County’s premier race event and uses a scenic route through the historic neighborhoods of Beaver. A long stretch of the race course overlooks the majestic Ohio River.

Intersections will be monitored by police, fire fighters and community volunteers to avoid any problems with cars and race participants. For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted.

The 10K race will begin promptly at 8:00am, followed by the 5K race at 9:00am. To register, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Beaver/BFVDRace.

Experience the Convenience of our ConvenientCare

Walk-in Clinics!

With summer just around the corner and all of the outdoor activities that come with it, you may see an increase in minor bumps, bruises and scrapes in your household! With appointment-free, walk-in accessibility, Heritage Valley’s ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinics, located within our Medical Neighborhoods, are the perfect place to go for the treatment of minor illnesses or injuries. And, by downloading the HVHS app and clicking on the Activity button, you will see how many patients are currently at each ConvenientCare location.

After you are treated, our medical records system will quickly send your prescription to your pharmacy and deliver a full care report to your Heritage Valley physician. What more do you need?

So -- the next time that you’re not feeling well, or have a minor pain or sprain, visit one of our convenient locations ... no appointment needed!

We are open seven days a week:

Monday – Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm

Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm

ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinic Locations:


2719 Brodhead Road - Aliquippa, PA 15001



Calcutta, Ohio

48462 Bell School Road - Calcutta, OH 43920



Center Township

79 Wagner Road (Suite 200) - Monaca, PA 15061




2580 Constitution Boulevard - Chippewa, PA 15010




100 Hazel Lane - Sewickley, PA 15143



Ellwood City

271 State Route 288 (Franklin Plaza Shopping Center) - Ellwood City, PA 16117



Robinson Township

2201 Park Manor Boulevard (Suite 200) - Pittsburgh, PA 15205


Clean Hands are Safe Hands!

We know, we know ... everyone is tired of hearing about washing your hands; however, we want you to be safe! With the Memorial Day Weekend (including family and neighborhood gatherings) upon us, we thought it would be a good time to review the basics.

The four principles of hand awareness endorsed by the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians are:

  • Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
  • Do not cough into your hands. (Instead, cough into a tissue or your elbow.)
  • Do not sneeze into your hands. (Instead, sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.)
  • Do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.

And here’s a few facts about hand sanitizers, for those times when you can’t wash with soap and water.

  • Hand sanitizers can be used often. (An alcohol-based sanitizer does not create antibiotic resistance.)
  • The amount of alcohol-based sanitizer you use matters. (Use a palmful of alcohol-based sanitizer to cover all surfaces of your hands. Rub your hands together until they are dry. This should take 20 to 30 seconds.)
  • Touching a communal bottle of alcohol-based sanitizer will not infect you. (Once you’ve sanitized your hands, you have disinfected them from any germs that may have been on the bottle.)

COVID Corner

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals, as well as people ages 50 and over, who had an initial booster dose at least four months ago the opportunity to receive a second mRNA booster to increase protection against severe diseases caused by COVID-19. 


Heritage Valley will be offering second boosters at its ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinics in Center Township on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; in Edgeworth on Wednesdays; and in Robinson Township on Thursdays. Boosters are available by appointment only. 

Center Township ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinic (Behind the Beaver Valley Mall)

Suite 200

79 Wagner Road - Monaca, PA 15061

Edgeworth ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinic (In the Esmark Building)

100 Hazel Lane - Sewickley, PA 15143

Robinson Township ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinic (Next to PNC Bank & DSW Shoes)

Suite 200

2201 Park Manor Blvd. - Pittsburgh, PA 15205

  • People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after a first booster dose. (Moderna boosters may only be given to individuals ages 18 and older.)

  • Adults ages 50 and older who are not immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.

For information about scheduling a COVID test, please click here.

For information about scheduling a COVID vaccine or booster, please click here.

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