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Allegheny Valley Hospital plans week-long celebration of 110th anniversary

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Brian C. Rittmeyer | Tribune-Review
Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison is marking its 110th anniversary this year. The first Allegheny Valley Hospital at 614 Second Ave. in Tarentum opened in 1909. The building was torn down in 1993.
The first Allegheny Valley Hospital at 614 Second Ave. in Tarentum opened in 1909. The building was torn down in 1993.

Allegheny Valley Hospital has a week of events planned to celebrate its 110th anniversary.

The events will be held the week of May 6 at the hospital in Harrison.

Festivities will include a community night with kids’ activities and a big-band concert, a Stork Club recognition for people who were born at the hospital and a throwback day in the cafeteria featuring 1950s prices.

Part of the Allegheny Health Network, Allegheny Valley began in 1909 on Second Avenue in Tarentum.

“Throughout its 110-year history, AVH has stayed focused on providing expert, compassionate care close to home to our neighbors throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley,” said Jeff Carlson, the hospital’s acting president and CEO. “Our anniversary celebration is dedicated to the people who have made AVH’s long and successful history possible — our patients, our employees, our auxiliary members and volunteers and our alumni, from former employees to Citizens School of Nursing graduates.”

Scheduled events:

• Monday, May 6: Stork Club celebration

All those who were born at Allegheny Valley are invited to claim a pin marking their membership in the AVH Stork Club and sign a registry in the hospital lobby. Cupcakes will be served in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m.

• Tuesday, May 7: Cafeteria throwback to 1950s prices

Patients and their visitors can pay 1950s prices for selected items at the hospital’s cafeteria. Coffee, Coke, candy bars and gum will be available for a nickel, and a ham-and-cheese sandwich will cost 25 cents. Breakfast items will be available from 6:30 to 10 a.m., lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Milkshakes, for 20 cents, will be available from 2 to 3 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 8: Alumni Day

Allegheny Valley Hospital retirees and graduates of Citizens School of Nursing and other professional schools are invited to an open house with lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charles Young Conference Center on the hospital’s third floor. Registration is required by calling 877-284-2000, option 2. Attendees also may register online at

• Thursday, May 9: Auxiliary and volunteer recognition

The hospital’s auxiliary has raised nearly $4 million to fund new equipment and renovations. Leadership will pass out small tokens of gratitude to volunteers and auxiliary members between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Friday, May 10: Community Night with big band music and kids’ events

The week will conclude with a celebration on the hospital’s front lawn from 4 to 8 p.m. It will include food trucks, dancing with big band music by Murphy’s Music from 6 to 8 p.m., emergency equipment that kids can explore, horse-drawn carriage rides down Carlisle Street, face painting, balloon art, teddy bear clinics and character appearances from Fairytale Princess Visits.

Free teddy bears will be provided to the first 110 children. The Pirate Parrot will attend, and a Pirates ticket raffle will be held.

To register for the alumni day on Wednesday, call 412-330-4469. For information, call 724-226-7154.

The hospital’s parking garage will be open for free parking for Friday’s celebration. Parking tokens will be provided for participants in the Stork Club, alumni and auxiliary and volunteer events.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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