Current News & Events

08.07.2020

Congratulations, Sylvester, for Practicing Safety First

Congratulations to Merakey Hospital Tripper/Driver Sylvester Price for receiving a Safety First Motor Vehicle Report! It was recently reported anonymously through the 800 number on the back of the Merakey bus that Sylvester was operating a vehicle in a smooth manner, signaling well, traveling at a good speed, and allowing others to cross over which alleviated some of the heavy traffic flow.

Sylvester has been working for Merakey AVS for 33 years and coordinates getting the consumers safely to and from all of their important appointments.

“PHMC appreciates all that Sylvester does for the consumers and is proud of his safety record,” commented Administrator Michelle Miller.

08.07.2020

Happy 50th Birthday, Wendy!

Wendy from Merakey AVS Nolte House recently turned 50, and she celebrated in style! She woke up to her house decorated with tons of balloons and birthday signs, had a Zoom call with family and friends, received a delivery of flowers and an edible arrangement, and saw many of her friends during a birthday drive-by parade. She ended her day with take-out for dinner and a delicious birthday cake. Happy Birthday Wendy!

Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
08.07.2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Play Ball

The “Sports Group” at Merakey AVS in Pittsburgh, plus 14 other groups, celebrated, via Zoom, the Pittsburgh Pirates Season Opener on July 24. Pittsburgh Pirates Fan and Merakey Director of Transportation Ray Christner, along with Transformation Advocate Facilitator/QIDP/PS Dana Boyer, hosted the party for more than 55 people.

In honor of the first game, Dana put together a baseball care package for each home, and included baseball themed items, such as pennants, buttons, bracelets, snacks and more!

07.31.2020

Thank You Goodie Bags at Merakey AVS

Many thanks to Greentree Printing & Signs and the Gabella/Gross families for their recent donation of goodie bags for the nursing staff at Merakey AVS, Pittsburgh Campus. The nurses were very appreciative for the recognition and the treats!

Goodie bags
Goodie bags
07.31.2020

Spreading Cheer Around Merakey AVS

Spreading cheer

To spread some cheer around the Merakey AVS office located at 1996 Ewings Mill Road in Pittsburgh, Administrator Stacey Speer (left) and Executive Assistant Deb Parent, came up with an idea to colorfully decorate this door with painted handprints.

Great job, ladies!

07.24.2020

Matt’s Cookie Angels

Matt’s Cookie Angels, named for one of the individuals at Pittsburgh’s Merakey AVS Campus, has been making frequent deliveries over the last few months. The Angels – who have been bringing cookies to the Campus for all to enjoy – are part of a group who are quietly trying to help others however they can. They’re all from the same geographic area and belong to several different Roman Catholic parishes. Many thanks to Matt’s Cookie Angels!

Matt's Cookie Angels
Matt's Cookie Angels
07.24.2020

Making Time to Bake, Garden, Craft, and Stay Glamorous

The ladies at Nolte House at Merakey AVS have been baking some delicious treats for the summer and tending to their garden. They are also continuing to make crafts and staying glamorous with manicures.

Making time to Bake, Garden, Craft, and Stay Glamorous
Making time to Bake, Garden, Craft, and Stay Glamorous
Making time to Bake, Garden, Craft, and Stay Glamorous
Making time to Bake, Garden, Craft, and Stay Glamorous
Making time to Bake, Garden, Craft, and Stay Glamorous
Making time to Bake, Garden, Craft, and Stay Glamorous
07.17.2020

Friday Fun Nights!

Kicking off the weekend! “Friday Fun Nights,” a creation of Transformation Advocate Facilitator/QIDP/PS Dana Boyer, first debuted in May in an effort to keep people connected while staying at home. The participants, including people supported by Merakey AVS in Western PA, staff members, friends and family, enjoy the time together so much that the Fun Nights have continued!

Each week, Elizabeth Humphrey and Cierra Wise help to co-host the event. They have also hosted several events on their own, including movie nights and social hangouts. On several Fridays, we’ve had karaoke which provides a fantastic evening full of entertainment, from singing to interpretative dancing.

“I would not be able to host these events without the help of the amazing Liz and Cierra, as well as support from Courtney Sargent,” comments Dana. “For me, Friday Fun Nights is less about the ‘theme’ and more about connecting with the people I support who have become my friends during my 21 years at Merakey.

Friday Fun Nights!
07.17.2020

Merakey AVS Summer 2020 Door Decorating Contest

Over the past couple of weeks, residential homes at Merakey AVS in Central PA participated in a Summer Door Decorating Contest. The homes were asked to think about where they would go on vacation if they were not quarantined. They were then asked to decorate their doors in the theme of their chosen vacation spot. Pictures of the doors were submitted for a contest. Voters consisted of the administration team and points were given based on creativity and individuality.

Check out the slideshow below to see all the decorated doors, as well as the list of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Congratulations to all!

07.10.2020

Music with Joe

Supervisor of Employment Services Joe Ledrick has been hosting “Music with Joe” on Zoom every Monday morning since the pandemic started. People supported in Merakey homes join in on the fun each week by making song requests, talking about their favorite music, and singing and dancing along. What a great way to start the week!

“I have been the DJ for events at Merakey AVS for more than 30 years…fundraisers, holiday parties, and more,” comments Joe. “I love that I can get up on Monday mornings, boot up my computer, and in 10 minutes have people dancing to the Cupid Shuffle, even as I’m still waking up!”

Music with Joe

07.02.2020

Merakey AVS Participates in Special Olympics Summer Games

Individuals from the Pittsburgh Campus at Merakey AVS participated in the 2020 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Virtual Summer Games last weekend. Events they competed in included base running, bucket toss and throwing. Great job, everyone and thank you for representing Merakey in this important event!

Special Olympics at AVS
Special Olympics at AVS
Special Olympics at AVS
Special Olympics at AVS