The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), a non-profit organization formed in 2011 that promotes and encourages a collaborative relationship with nursing and related health organizations, presented donations for $1,500 and $500 to the Free Medical Clinic of Johnstown and Arbutus Park Manor, respectively, on February 6, 2014 in the Nursing and Health Sciences Building.
The money donated was raised by dedicated student nurses through several fundraising activities. SNAP Chapter Officer Bob Voeghtly stated, “These organizations were chosen because we feel that the donation[s] will help strengthen the community through the services they both offer.”
Pitt-Johnstown nursing students participate in a clinical rotation at the Free Medical Clinic of Johnstown, a non-profit organization consisting of volunteer doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who provide free medical and pharmaceutical care to low income, uninsured adults.
Free Medical Clinic Executive Director Rosalie Danchanko said, “First, I must say that the contribution of the student nurses [at our clinic] is ‘priceless.’ Their energy, professionalism, and willingness to assist impressed us. In fact, I don't know how we would be able to see the number of patients [we do] without their support. The financial contribution was icing on the cake and I hope to use the money to support the position of our new part-time RN and purchase a laptop for her to use.”
Pitt-Johnstown nursing students spread some Christmas cheer at Arbutus Park Manor, a non-profit continuing care retirement community offering varied levels of care for senior citizens, by volunteering at the organization’s Home of the Holidays celebration.
Arbutus Park Manor Administrator Rick Wilson expressed his appreciation for the contribution which will have a lasting and meaningful impact the lives of Arbutus residents. He said, “The gift will be used for our Annual Home for the Holidays celebration where residents, families and community members gather together with traditional holiday celebrations including horse drawn sleigh rides, hand bell choir music, visit with Santa and homemade cookies.”
SNAP Advisor and Nursing Instructor Elizabeth Katrancha concluded, “These are a great group of student nurses who are active, involved, and self-motivated! It is great to see them giving back to the Johnstown community.”
Since its inception, the Pitt-Johnstown chapter of the Student Nurses Association Pennsylvania (SNAP) has adopted children from the Salvation Army’s, “Treasures for Children,” Christmas project, participated in flu shot clinics on campus and at the Department of Health. Monet Gedzah, Sarah Rich, and John Coxey have assisted with Tai Chi classes at the Johnstown and Main St. Senior Activity Centers three times weekly for 10 weeks, and at least 15 nursing students attended and assisted with a Senior Fair at the Cresson Fire Hall hosted by Rep. Gary Haluska.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional services. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Pictured Above (L to R): Jackie Becerra ’14; Arbutus Park Manor Administrator Rick Wilson; Bob Voeghtly ’14; Stephanie Stiles ’14; Vice President of Academic Affairs and Nursing and Health Sciences Division Chair Dr. Janet L. Grady, DrPH, FAAN; Nursing Instructor and SNAP Advisor Elizabeth Katrancha, MSN; Program Coordinator Diana Schroeder, MSN; Free Medical Clinic Executive Director Rosalie Danchanko; and Angela Battaglia ’14.