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Monongahela Valley Hospital Honors Former Board Member

Mrs. Fran Frye, Monongahela Valley Hospital president and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. and MVH Board of Trustees Chairman John D. Fry

MVH Frye Dedication: Mrs. Fran Frye, Monongahela Valley Hospital president and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. and MVH Board of Trustees Chairman John D. Fry stand near the plaque they unveiled to more than 150 friends and family dedicating MVH’s fountain to Mrs. Frye’s late husband Joseph. Mr. Frye served the hospital health system for 45 years.
(June 21, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

A local man who provided vision and leadership to Monongahela Valley Hospital and its predecessor hospitals for nearly 45 years was honored by more than 150 staff, friends and family when the fountain on the Carroll Twp. campus was dedicated in his memory June 19.

The late Joseph U. Frye, of Monongahela, was a valued leader of the health care system since 1968, 10 years before the present MVH opened its doors. He was elected chairman of the Mon-Vale Health Resources' Board in 1985 and served until 1991 when he was elected chairman of the hospital's Board of Trustees. His term as chairman of the Trustees concluded in 1996, but he provided insight and guidance to the health system by remaining a member of both boards until his death.

"Leonardo da Vinci said, 'Water is the driving force in nature,' and Joe was a driving force in this community - and particularly at this hospital," MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. told those gathered. "The cascading water will serve as a continual reminder of Joe's devotion to this hospital. When patients, families and other visitors seek respite by the fountain, they will read the bronze plaque and discover that Joe was a driving force in the creation of this campus."

Mr. Panza, Mr. Frye's wife Fran, and MVH Board of Trustees Chairman John D. Fry unveiled the cast bronze plaque, which reads, "This fountain is dedicated to the memory of Joseph Urli Frye, our friend and colleague who served as a trustee July 1, 1968 to July 9, 2012 - forever in our thoughts."

"Joe was a role model; he showed our members the true value of community service; he identified what was needed; he set the bar high, yet he had realistic expectations," said Mr. Fry. "I am sure that I speak for all of the members of our Boards of Directors and Trustees that it truly was a privilege to serve with Joe and that we are all honored to be here this evening to dedicate the hospital's fountain in his memory."

The late Mr. Frye's leadership extended beyond the hospital. As president of Frye Construction, Inc., and Frye Home Center in Monongahela, he was a successful businessman. Additionally, as a member and officer of various civic, professional and development organizations over the years, he was a respected community leader.

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