Archived News & Events - February 2016

Friday, February 26 2016

NHS Receives Certification as an "Effective Compliance Program"

CPC seal

For the past six years, NHS has been certified as operating an "effective compliance program". Similar to when a program or organization receives accreditation from the Council On Accreditation or CARF, the process to receive this certification is detailed, arduous and culminates with a review panel spending two or three days interviewing staff and visiting NHS sites. The entire NHS compliance effort is evaluated against standards established by the Fair Sentencing Guidelines. If an organization passes, it receives a three year certification. With the recent implementation of the QCO, we asked for a more in-depth review. We are extremely pleased to announce that effective February 1, 2016, we have once again received this certification! Two teams comprised of experts in the areas of compliance, quality, and ethics spent three days at NHS Corporate headquarters, and three at Rodi Road in Pittsburgh, with program site visits to complete the review. As expected, an enormous amount of substantiating documentation was requested and subsequently provided to the reviewers. Mark Pastin, President of Health Ethics Trust states, "The review panel was especially impressed by the enthusiasm and support generated by the recent integration of the NHS quality and compliance initiatives into the Quality and Compliance Organization."

This kind of success is not the product of one person or one department. It takes a company-wide effort, and so congratulations and our thanks goes out to each and every one of our dedicated employees!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Amazing Greats: Blacks in Local History

In celebration of Black History Month, and in recognition of our core value of diversity, Billie West, Director of Labor Relations, traveled throughout the Philadelphia region to present on “Amazing Greats: Blacks in Local History” throughout the month of February. Billie’s presentation focused on activists and leaders associated historically with the metropolitan Philadelphia area, with an emphasis on the importance of utilizing their greatest potential to reach extraordinary heights. Consumers, employees and friends of NHS enjoyed learning about all the significant contributions and impact that our historical leaders made, including her own family! During Billie’s presentation at NHS TAIG, Josh, one of our talented individuals inspired the group by reciting Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream” from memory!

Click here to view the full presentation and Josh’s performance.

NHS thanks Billie for sharing her knowledge, insights, and personal experiences through a riveting and educational presentation. We also thank the Human Resources Organization for sponsoring and providing refreshments at the events.

Thursday, February 19, 2016

PVGP Red Carpet Charity Premiere – Oh, What a Night!

The check presentation for the 2015 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) was held at the Red CARpet Charity Premiere - on February 11, 2016. The Premiere, which is the preview for the Pittsburgh International Auto Show, was hosted by the PVGP’s Presenting Sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (GPADF).

Music by Dr. Zoot and REDLINE entertained the guests as they enjoyed hundreds of beautiful (and impressive) automobiles on display throughout the Convention Center. During the evening, the crowd gathered at the Ford display for the big announcement of check to the PVGP charities. After an introduction by PVGP Chairman Dan Taylor, NHS/AVS consumer Elizabeth Humphrey and the Autism Society’s Anita Iyengar both spoke about how the PVGP has impacted their lives. Watch the video to see Elizabeth’s speech.

Next up for the evening…Red CARpet event chairs Christy and Joey Porter, along with Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association CEO John Putzier, and board members Dennis Baglier and Paul Schimizzi unveiled a record breaking check totaling $390,000. But before the applause grew too big, they stopped the crowed and crossed out the $390 – making the total donation an even-$400,000! The check was accepted by PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco and funds will be shared between the PVGP’s two charities, NHS Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. Since its founding in 1983, the PVGP has contributed more than $4 million to its two beneficiaries.

NHS/AVS had more than 35 guests at the event including 8 Ambassadors and their accompanying staff members. All enjoyed the festivities, including dancing and celebrating the incredible donation.

Huge thanks are due to everyone involved in ensuring the success of the Red CARpet Premiere and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. What a fantastic evening!

Please click the links below for media coverage on the event!,,,

Partners in Kindness

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Partners in Kindness

NHS/AVS Pittsburgh Campus residents Helen, Jonathan, Sharon, Shequala and Vicki visited Guardian Protection Services in Warrendale, PA for the first ever "Partners in Kindness" event on Friday, February 12. The day was planned to show appreciation for the Guardian employees who have delivered gifts to the residents of the Campus during the holiday season for 19 years. “Partners in Kindness” banners decorated the employee cafeteria, cookies and Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes were served, and dozens of prizes were raffled off.

Partners in Kindness

Thursday, February 5, 2016

THANK YOU, from NHS School Students!

After many months of anticipation, 42 Apple iPads were distributed throughout all of our NHS Schools. Students and staff are delighted to have the iPads, which were purchased with funds approved by the Merakey Foundation’s Grant Distribution Committee and with a special grant from The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County. Through your generous contributions, the Merakey Foundation gave $18,200 and the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County donated $2,500. According to a study funded by Autism Speaks, iPads have been shown to help children with autism learn the spoken language, in addition to hearing the spoken language. These devices provide an additional resource to support the hundreds of students in our schools learn how to effectively communicate with their peers and family.

After the iPads were distributed, the Merakey Foundation was overwhelmed with the many Thank You cards received from students and teachers at our schools. The cards are filled with personal notes of gratitude and sincere appreciation. While these cards were addressed to the Merakey Foundation, the notes of appreciation are really to all of you who have supported the Foundation through events and our Employee Star Campaign. As you can see in the photos, your contributions are very much appreciated and the Foundation thanks YOU for all you do to make NHS great!

The Merakey Foundation thanks Tom Morgan, Vice President of Information Technology, and his team, for partnering with Apple and Verizon Wireless to ensure our students are able to successfully utilize the devices.

THANK YOU, from NHS School Students!
THANK YOU, from NHS School Students!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NHS Center for Hope Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

NHS Center for Hope in New York hosted a ribbon cutting, open house, and tour of its new facility on January 29. Families, county officials, and NHS staff participated in the events, celebrating the opening of the new facility, and acknowledged county officials for their support of the program and the new facility. The program and ribbon cutting were featured in the local news!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Newburgh's Center for Hope is Expanding

by Leonard Sparks - @ Times Herald-Record
CITY OF NEWBURGH — Six months after an FBI-led investigation culminated in a huge raid that took down the City of Newburgh’s violent gangs, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and hundreds of other people gathered in the city to mark the opening of the Center for Hope. Five years later, the Center for Hope — which started as a refuge for city youth up to age 21 — is embarking on a new chapter, leaving its basement space at 280 Broadway to move into a larger space inside a once-vacant building on the corner of Broadway and City Terrace. Read more...