Veteran MVH nurse honored

| Monday, May 12, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

In observance of National Nurses Week, Monongahela Valley Hospital conducted a breakfast to honor its nurses.

During the event, emergency department nurse Mary Youger received the 2014 Cameos of Caring Award.

Mary Lou Murt, senior vice president of nursing, presented the award, which is sponsored annually by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

The awards honor exceptional bedside nurses who work in acute care hospitals.

Nurses throughout western Pennsylvania nominate co-workers who demonstrate excellence in nursing care, serve as advocates for patients and families, and embody the essence of the nursing profession.

“I am so proud to work here,” a tearful Youger said. “I work with the finest group of people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

This past year, Youger, driving to an appointment, recognized the distress of a young driver on Interstate 70.

She pulled over and helped to save the motorist's life.

She also treated the motorist's father, who fell ill at the scene.

Youger, who resides in North Belle Vernon, said she became a nurse because she likes to care for people and make differences in their lives.

She has been an ER nurse at MVH for more than 25 years.

Physicians, staff members and managers at the event offered thanks to the family of the late Dr. Norman and Florence Golumb, who established an endowment for nursing education.

“My late father spent more than 50 years on staff, and he was so proud of the hospital and how the patients were treated,” said Lois Treloar, the Golumbs' daughter.

A family practitioner, Norman Golumb died in 1993.

Treloar said he always supported nursing and nursing education.

The medical staff presented gifts to each of the 15 MVH nurses nominated for Cameos of Caring awards.

“Congratulations to all of you from me, because you all give excellent care to our patients and their families,” Murt told the candidates. “I thank you for doing that every single day.”

“There are really few people who have not been touched by a nurse at some point in their lifetimes.”

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