Heritage Valley Health System E-Connections aims to increase community awareness of our services and locations. You can also stay connected by visiting our Website or downloading the HVHS App.

 September 30, 2022

Heritage Valley Health System's E-Connections newsletter is published bi-weekly.

Our next issue will be Friday, October 14, 2022.

It’s Time to Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, breast cancer is the most common type of non-skin cancer in women in the United States, and is second to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in American women. 


At Heritage Valley, we want to make sure that every woman has access to the services she needs and the support she deserves. BreastCare is our comprehensive, integrated breast health care program. The primary location for the program is the Heritage Valley Women’s Health Center, a facility dedicated to the special health care needs of women, located in Center Township. We are proud to note that Heritage Valley Women’s Health Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Coming soon ... a Women’s Health Center located in the Robinson Township Medical Neighborhood!

The Heritage Valley BreastCare program offers a range of services, from screening and diagnostic breast imaging to treatments for breast cancer. All these services are available within the Heritage Valley Health System network. Care is delivered by committed, high-quality physicians, so regardless of your situation and treatment plan, you don’t have to travel far for service. Our BreastCare Navigator is specially trained to work with patients to compassionately coordinate all services.

Beyond the BreastCare program’s home in Center Township, there are additional screening locations in Calcutta, OH; Chippewa; Edgeworth and Ellwood City. Screening services are also currently available in the Robinson Township Medical Neighborhood.

Self-Requesting Mammograms: The Women’s Health Center in Center Township also offers Self-Requesting Mammograms, which means that a patient may schedule herself for a screening mammogram without a written order from a physician.

Walk-in Mammograms ... On Mondays in the Robinson Township Medical Neighborhood and Wednesdays in the Ellwood City Medical Neighborhood women may walk in and request a screening mammogram. No appointment needed! Simply bring your prescription from your physician.

To schedule Breast Imaging Services at any of our locations, call 1-866-901-MAMO (6266). For more information, please visit our website or call the Heritage Valley Women’s Health Center at 724-773-4720.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health is an incredibly important part of overall health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), millions of Americans each year face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Mental illness can affect virtually everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. While it is important to discuss mental health conditions year-round, the first week of October is designated as Mental Awareness Illness Week, and is a time to raise awareness of mental illness, fight discrimination and provide support.

Heritage Valley Health System has a long tradition of serving the behavioral health care needs in the community. Beyond the inpatient Adult Behavioral Health Units at Heritage Valley Kennedy and Heritage Valley Beaver hospitals, the Health System continues a long-standing partnership with Staunton Clinic, an outpatient mental health and resource coordination center that enables care to continue, uninterrupted, when patients return home. Heritage Valley Kennedy also offers an inpatient Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit for those patients 60 years of age and older.

Staunton’s Adult and Child Programs include Outpatient Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Blended Service Coordination, Certified Peer Support Services, Intellectual Disabilities Support Coordination and Inpatient Services for adults. Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs, Adult Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Groups are also available across our Staunton Clinic satellite locations.

For more information and Behavioral Health locations, please visit our website or call the following numbers: 

  • Heritage Valley Beaver Adult Behavioral Health Unit: 724-773-4525
  • Heritage Valley Kennedy Adult Behavioral Health Unit: 412-847-7510
  • Heritage Valley Kennedy Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit: 412-777-6420
  • Staunton Clinic: 412-749-7330


If you are having a psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to your local Emergency Department. You can also access the crisis numbers listed below:

  • Resolve Crisis Network: 1-888-796-8266
  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988


Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration sees 988 as a first step toward a transformed crisis care system in America.

Anne Hitchak Nursing Scholarship Awarded

Brandon Bolha, a nurse in the Heritage Valley Sewickley Emergency Department, is the recipient of the 2022 Anne Hitchak Nursing Scholarship, given in honor of Mrs. Hitchak and her contributions to the nursing profession. The Scholarship is given to a Heritage Valley Sewickley nurse who is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and is funded by donations from Mrs. Hitchak’s family and friends through the Heritage Valley Health System Foundation. Brandon is earning his MSN: Nursing Administration & Leadership degree at PennWest California.

Mrs. Hitchak is a former Vice President of Nursing at Heritage Valley, and her commitment to nursing was obvious to all. Her encouragement of nurses to pursue higher degrees and opportunities, her mentoring of countless graduate students and her pursuit of excellence in all aspects of nursing made her a wonderful role model for all Heritage Valley nurses.

(Photo) Pictured, left to right: Lynn Vescio, MS, BSN, RN, Secretary, Heritage Valley Health System Foundation; Brandon Bolha, BSN, RN; Linda Homyk, MSN, RN, Vice President Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer

Drive-Through Flu Vaccines Now Available

Heritage Valley is offering drive-through flu vaccines, by appointment only, through mid-November for those patients 12 years and older at the locations and times listed below. High-dose flu vaccines are available for those ages 65 and older. If this is the first time that you are getting a flu vaccine, we recommend that you receive your vaccine in your Heritage Valley physician’s office.


Mondays & Wednesdays: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Beaver Location)

2 Peartree Way, Beaver, PA 15009           

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Moon Township Location)

935 Thorn Run Road, Moon Township, PA 15108

Appointments may be scheduled through My Care Link (available by downloading the HVHS app) or by calling 724-770-7555. 

You may also receive a flu shot at any of our seven ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinics - no appointment needed! To view a list of ConvenientCare locations, click here.

COVID Corner... 

Pfizer Bivalent Vaccine Available

We are offering the Pfizer Bivalent boosters at our ConvenientCare Walk-In Clinics in Center Township on Tuesdays and in Robinson Township on Thursdays for those ages 12 and older. Boosters are available by appointment only. You are up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines once you have completed a COVID-19 primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by the CDC.

  • For information about scheduling a COVID booster, please CLICK HERE.
  • For information about scheduling a COVID test, please CLICK HERE.
  • For information about scheduling pediatric vaccines for children ages 6 months through 11 years at Heritage Valley Pediatrics in Chippewa/Beaver Falls, please CLICK HERE.
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