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• William Dale Baird and Troy Pritts were honored by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation last week with a Star of Excellence Award.
Both work for District 12 of the agency. Mr. Baird is an equipment manager in the Washington County Maintenance office. Mr. Pritts is a civil engineer manager in the Uniontown office.
• The Allegheny County Health Department has honored Jeanne Farnan, an eighth-grader at St. Thomas More School in Bethel Park, for her project in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Carnegie Science Center. She was honored in the environmental health category for her project, "Fish Kill and Golden Algae."
Her project and those of other winners are pictured on the department's website: www.achd.net.
• Brittney D'Alessandro, a registered nurse in Jefferson Regional Medical Center's Stroke Care Unit, has been selected to represent the medical center at the 12th annual Cameos of Caring Awards Nov. 6 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
Ms. D'Alessandro, of Jefferson Hills, was selected by her peers for the award sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She earned her nursing degree at Community College of Allegheny County.
Ms. D'Alessandro was instrumental in the development of the stroke care program at the medical center.
The Cameos were created in 1999 to honor outstanding nurses for their dedication to quality patient care, increase public awareness of the nursing profession and recruit a new generation of nurses.
• Laureen C. Hurt, a French teacher at Mt. Lebanon High School, has been selected a participant in the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program.
Along with 15 other educators from across the United States, she will spend July in Senegal exploring that country's history, religion, politics, educational systems and arts.
• The Hospital & Healthsystem Association has named St. Clair Hospital a winner in its 2010 Achievement Awards Program.
The entry "Improving Patient Safety Through Standardization of Anticoagulation Processes" was submitted by Amy Georgulis of the pharmacy department.
Ms. Georgulis and physician M. Sabina Daroski redesigned processes related to dosing, ordering and administering anticoagulation, or blood thinning, medications. The award program showcases health system best practices.
• Mt. Lebanon's Adrienne Doctor, who plays trumpet, has been named a winner in the Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition.
Adrienne is a third-year music education major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
She graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2007.
She will be featured in a concert at 8 p.m. June 21 at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
• The Character Education Partnership has given Peters Township School District a 2010 National School District of Character award for education initiatives spanning from kindergarten through high school.
Thirteen schools and two districts in the nation received the award. The Peters Township district, which received a $3,000 grant, will be honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 29 in San Francisco.
Individual schools within the district have previously been awarded the national character honors: McMurray Elementary received the award in 2004, and Bower Hill Elementary in 2008.
First Published June 3, 2010 6:38 am