Conemaugh Health System Announces 2017 Mercy Award Winners

June 1, 2017

Conemaugh Health System is excited and proud to announce our local Mercy Award winners for 2017. These employees have met the criteria for LifePoint’s High Five Guiding Principles. Later this year, they will be invited to a recognition event in Nashville, TN and all four will be eligible to be named the Company-Wide Mercy Award LifePoint Winner.

Cortney Snowball - Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center

Cortney is an RN and charge nurse on 9 Rose. She is described as a caring person who lights up 9 Rose with her endless energy and giving nature. In addition to providing excellent care and compassion to her patients, Cortney is very active in the community. Cortney teaches safety to pre-school children at St. Patrick’s in Moxham. The first Wednesday of every month she hands out food at Vo-Tech. She takes her daughters and her fiancé’s daughters to the Church of the Brethren nursing home to visit residents. She teaches at local schools with the Trauma team’s “Stop the Bleed” program. She helps raise funds for the Peniel Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center and delivers toys for the Cuddles for Kids program. She is active with the soup kitchen at her church and volunteers at the Association for the Blind.

Wendy Sechler - Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center

Wendy works as the Data Processor and PT Secretary in Patient Registry. Wendy was described as the least selfless person at Conemaugh Meyersdale. She gives freely and asks for nothing in return. Wendy helped organize fundraisers to help defray the cost of 4th of July fireworks in the community. She helps raise money for Relay for life. She volunteers at the annual Ron Yutzy Golf Scramble. After one of the hospital’s volunteers had to go to a nursing home, Wendy continued the friendship and was offered her companionship until she passed. She is also a hospital party planner.

Kevin Prazinko - Conemaugh Miners Medical Center

Kevin is an RN in the Emergency Department at Conemaugh Miners. Kevin’s nominators wrote that Kevin makes an impression on everyone who comes into contact with him. Patients and their families always comment on Kevin’s special care and compassion. Kevin has been a volunteer fireman since he was 12 years old. When Kevin sees flashing lights in his neighborhood, he is the first on the scene. Kevin works closely with patients to make sure that they take their medications and re-educates noncompliant patients. Kevin routinely keeps a positive attitude and always willing to help his coworkers.

Barbara Ritchey - Conemaugh Nason Medical Center

Barb has been working at Conemaugh Nason since 1973. She currently works as an Administrative Assistant in Nursing. In her role as Conemaugh Nason’s liaison for the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Barb single handily helped Conemaugh Nason achieve high honors of platinum status. She also serves as the United Way coordinator at Conemaugh Nason and she coordinated several fundraising activities including a pet contest, holiday log roll sales, and dress down days, to name a few. Barb also volunteers at the local fire hall and serves as a Eucharistic minister at her church.