ShareThis Page

Latrobe Hospital volunteers win scholarships

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:42 p.m.

Four high school seniors, each with more than 200 hours of volunteer service to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, were recently awarded $6,000 in scholarship funding from the Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society.

The recipients are David Henderson Jr., Agora Cyber Charter School; Hadley Simpson, Greater Latrobe High School; Brittany Crowley and Megan Crowley, Ligonier Valley High School.

The awards were presented during a ceremony in the hospital for the student volunteers and their parents. Since the scholarship program began in 1984, the aid society has awarded more than $200,000 to encourage the pursuit of health-related or other professional careers.

David Henderson Jr. is part of the care team on the hospital's third floor. His time is spent visiting with patients and seeing to their comfort, as well as helping the clinical staff by restocking supplies. A member of the swim and track teams at Greater Latrobe High School, the 17-year-old is active in the Latrobe United Methodist Church youth group, where his father is the pastor, and part of the denomination's youth ministry team in Western Pennsylvania. The son of David and Theresa Henderson of Latrobe will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He plans to study aeronautic engineering.

Before the hospital's conversion to electronic medical records, Hadley Simpson spent her volunteer time assisting medical information management with patient chart processing. Now the 18-year-old can be found at the hospital information desk assisting visitors each Sunday.

Musically inclined, the daughter of Todd and Robin Simpson of Latrobe plays in Greater Latrobe's bands, sings in various choral ensembles and performs in school musicals. She will be attending Grove City College to study education.

Brittany and Megan Crowley are the 18-year-old twin daughters of Jan Zellers of Cook Township and Joe Crowley of Ligonier Township. Honor students and accomplished athletes in soccer, track and field, they participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from peer mentoring to theater guild and clubs that help struggling students exceed academically and socially. They volunteer at St. Michael's of the Valley Food Pantry and support the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup in Ligonier Valley as well as Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer care.

Megan Crowley is assigned to the fourth-floor surgical patient care team at the hospital, while Brittany Crowley has joined the progressive care team on the fifth floor. Both girls provide support to staff, visitors and patients.

Megan Crowley is headed to American University to study justice; Brittany Crowley will be attending the University of Virginia, majoring in psychology.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Latrobe Hospital, call 724-537-1024.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.