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May 7, 2014

Hospital to honor its nursing staff

JOHNSTOWN — Nurses’ role as front-line health care providers is being celebrated this week with a showcase, time capsule ceremony and other events at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

“We are fortunate to have so many dedicated nurses in a wide variety of roles, including direct patient care, information technology, education and administration,” Claudia Rager, vice president of patient care, said in a news release.

The events mark National Nurses Week, Rager said.

“This is a great week to recognize the dedication and contributions of all nurses throughout the Conemaugh Health System,” she said.

Events begin today with a movie night hosted by the hospital for its nurses.

Friday’s 125 Years of Caring showcase for nursing will feature displays and demonstrations with patient simulator mannequins from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium area at Memorial, said Vonnie Riga, director of medical services.

The time capsule marking Memorial’s 125th anniversary will contain memorabilia and predictions about nursing jobs in 25 years.

That’s when the capsule will be opened, Riga said.

A walkathon on Saturday will raise money for nursing scholarships at Conemaugh School of Nursing.

Randy Griffith covers health care for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at


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