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Hospital café operation to turn professional

| Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Valley News Dispatch
Janice Evans, president of the auxillary pours a cup of coffee from behind the counter of the Allegheny Valley Hospital gift and cafe shop in Harrison. AVH has hired a company to manage the gift shop. The change ends the hospital auxiliary’s more than six-decade tenure running the gift shop. Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012 Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Valley News Dispatch
The Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison is modernizing its gift and coffee shop, extending hours and making the coffee shop more of a cafe that will serve meals. The gift shop will be downsized. AVH has hired a company to manage the gift shop, which the hospital's auxiliary has done for more than 60 years. Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Valley News Dispatch
M.K. Barnhart, left, a 26-year volunteer talks with Janice Evans, president of the auxillary, at the Allegheny Valley Hospital gift and cafe shop. AVH is modernizing its gift shop, extending hours and making the coffee shop more of a cafe that will serve meals. AVH has hired a company to manage the gift shop. The change ends the hospital auxiliary’s more than six-decade tenure running the gift shop. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch

Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison has hired a company to manage the hospital's gift shop in order to extend hours and offer more café items.

The change ends the hospital auxiliary's more than six-decade tenure running the gift shop.

“We support the hospital's changes,” auxiliary President Janice Evans said. “It's very difficult to get qualified members to take over such a responsibility.”

The auxiliary volunteers will still have a presence there after the management change takes place in January.

“We value them,” hospital spokeswoman Linda Dalak said. “They have such a rich history here, they're part of the family.”

The hospital plans to renovate the gift and coffee shop, put in more seating and expand offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The café also will offer wireless Internet service.

Gift shop offerings will be downsized.

“There is a potential for it to be really profitable,” Dalak said.

All of the profits will continue to go to the auxiliary, which distributes the funds back to the hospital for projects identified by auxiliary members.

Hospital officials worked with auxiliary leadership for about a year to determine the future of the gift shop and the organization's involvement, Dalak said.

“There was really no succession plan and it's harder and harder to get volunteers,” she said. “We needed to do something.”

Auxiliary member Marianne Hetrick, chairwoman of the hospital auxiliary, said it's disappointing the auxiliary's role is being reduced.

“The gift shop has been there for 62 years,” she said.

But M.K. Barnhart, an auxiliary member who volunteers in the shop, said she thinks the change will be good.

“You have to keep up with the times,” she said. “The coffee shop will not be quite the same … but I think everything will work out just fine.”

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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