Commitee Forms to Plan St. Barnabas Medical Center 5K Run/Walk


Race celebrating 21 years slated for Aug. 4GIBSONIA, Pa. (Richland Twp.), July 2, 2012 – A committee of 17 professionals has formed to plan the 21th annual
St. Barnabas Medical Center 5K Run/Walk.  The race will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 along Meridian Road in Richland Township.   The committee is composed of:

  • Douglas W. Day, St. Barnabas Communities
  • Drew Dershimer, running consultant
  • Kristi Festa, UPMC for Life
  • Paul C. Harris, Traco
  • Erin Kelley, Comcast Spotlight
  • Kellie Kelly, St. Barnabas Medical Center
  • Dr. Eric Kern, The Dental Group at St. Barnabas
  • Heath Maksin, UPMC for Life
  • Todd McDermott, Clayton-Kendall Inc.
  • Cindy Parknavy, WPXI-TV
  • Dottie Perry, First National Bank
  • Matt Schellhaas, Schellhaas Funeral Home
  • Michelle Snyder, St. Barnabas Medical Center
  • Debra Walker, Traco
  • Kendra White, UPMC Health Plan
  • Gwenn Whiteford, St. Barnabas Rehabilitation
  • Lorene Won-Winner, St. Barnabas Physical Therapy

Proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which in 2011 alone provided nearly $5.2 million to poor and low-income patients at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas.  Last year’s 5K attracted nearly 900 participants – and the goal this year is to surpass 1,000 participants.  The signature sponsor of the St. Barnabas Medical Center 5K Run/Walk is Traco. WPXI-TV traffic anchor Trisha Pittman and KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert will emcee the post-race party.

The St. Barnabas Medical Center 5K follows an out-and-back course along the rolling terrain of Meridian Road.  Runners are timed using a ChampionChip device provided by The Runner’s High Timing Services and the course is certified by USA Track and Field.  Medals are awarded to the top three male and female finishers overall, as well as the top three males and females in 16 age categories.  Corporate teams of up to five runners are encouraged to participate and medals will be awarded to the top three teams.  Again this year, the race will include medals for master (age 40 and above) and grand master (age 50 and above) divisions.

About St. Barnabas:
St. Barnabas Health System is the largest health care concern of its kind in Pennsylvania and offers service apart from the ordinary in a faith-based, non-denominational setting.  Tracing its heritage back to 1900, the system serves approximately 900 inpatients and residents, plus 35,000 outpatients and home care clients.  The health system is composed of the St. Barnabas Communities, including The Village at St. Barnabas, The Washington Place at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas and White Tail Ridge; St. Barnabas Clinical Services, including St. Barnabas Nursing Home, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas; the Kean Theatre; Rudolph Auto Repair and St. Barnabas Charities, the fund-raising arm.


St. Barnabas Health System, Media Relations, 5850 Meridian Rd., Gibsonia, PA 15044-9667

Shelli Sommariva, Marketing Communications Mgr., 724-443-0700, Ext. 5244;

Megan Hoffman, Marketing Communications Coordinator, 724-444-5530;


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