Above & Beyond

Summer Swing chairpeople Beth Evron and Tricia Hammel pose inside the Tiki Bar at St. Clair Country Club during the July fundraiser. The indoor-outdoor bash included food reminiscent of American beach towns. Silent auctions and music from John McDonald and the Mango Men, and Randy Eugene created a fun atmosphere. /Photo: Jill Farrar

SUMMER SWING RETURNS St. Clair Health’s 23rd Annual Summer Swing gala fundraiser in July was one for the record books. The two-day event, including a Beach Bash and a golf outing at St. Clair Country Club, raised a total of $340,000, the largest the event had garnered in a decade. This year marked the event’s return after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The party-goers were happy to be back, especially with the beach theme, resort food, island music and festive beverages.

Proceeds from the year’s event will be invested in medical education.


FIVE STAR CARE The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded St. Clair Health a five-star rating as part of its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for 2022. This is the second year in a row and fourth time in the last five years that St. Clair has received the highest possible rating. St. Clair and UPMC St. Margaret are the only two hospitals in western Pennsylvania to achieve the rating.

Since 2016, CMS has published annual ratings for more than 3,000 Medicare-certified hospitals. CMS uses a one- to five-star scale to rate these hospitals based on their performance across five quality categories: mortality, readmission, safety of care, patient experience and timely and effective care.


KEYNOTES FASHION SHOW Help raise money for aspiring musicians. Join Keynotes for their Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 17, at St Clair Country Club. Keynotes is a nonprofit that provides scholarships for music students. The event features live music, raffle baskets and a local artist with shopping available.  For more information on Keynotes and/or this upcoming event, contact Paula Bongiorno (412-341-3176) or Lori Walter (412-931-4407) or visit the Keynotes Music Scholarship Facebook page.

Mary Carney taught Mt. Lebanon students, lent books to Mt. Lebanon Public Library patrons and wrote stories for Mt. Lebanon Magazine. We will miss her.

IN MEMORIAM Longtime Mt. Lebanon Magazine contributor Mary Carney died on  July 21 at the age of 91.

In addition to her work for the magazine, Carney was a substitute teacher with the Mt. Lebanon School District and worked at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library. One of her best-read stories was Red Scare, (December 1995), about a short-lived 1953 controversy that occurred as a result of a dissatisfied library patron who complained of subversive pro-Communist texts on the library’s shelves. She also was a contributing writer for The Way We Were, Mt. Lebanon’s community history book.