| Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Program
Zelda Stein Weiss dedicated more than half a century of volunteer service and philanthropy to Mon General Hospital. On September 15, 2011, her commitment was celebrated with the naming of the hospital’s new Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center of Mon General in her honor.
“Zelda’s high standards and her commitment to this Health System have been second to none,” Mon Health System President and CEO Darryl Duncan told the 150 friends, community leaders and hospital staff gathered in the hospital’s main lobby for the center’s official dedication.
Weiss' involvement in cancer care at Mon General dates back to 1990 when the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Project of Mon General Hospital was launched. This program has been providing low cost cancer screenings and cancer information to the residents of Morgantown and the surrounding region.
In addition, thanks to the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Project, the hospital recently opened two computer kiosks just off the main lobby for patient and visitor use. The kiosks are designed to allow users to look up health information on the Internet. Each station consists of a computer, printer and telephone. In addition, the kiosks contain printed cancer information and cancer screening materials.
Weiss had been a member of The Foundation of Mon General Board of Directors since its inception in 1976. She was also an original member of the Mon General Auxiliary, formed in 1944.
“Zelda had a vision that we could do comprehensive cancer care right here at Mon General Hospital,” Duncan said. “That’s our goal. That’s where we are heading." He told Weiss. “It’s very appropriate that your name go on the cancer center.”
Duncan’s comments were echoed by board members and physicians. “We are honoring one the most dedicated, driven, and beautifully put together women that I have ever met in my entire life,” said Mon Health System Board Chairman Glenn Adrian. “Bricks and mortar are great,” he said. “But a community hospital is all about people. I would say to you today that if we opened up the bricks and mortar of Mon General Hospital, on its heart would be emblazoned the name of Zelda Stein Weiss. That’s the kind of commitment that must continue.”
“Zelda Stein Weiss is a name that when you mention it to anyone who has known her, it evokes a warm feeling,” said Mon General Hospital Board of Directors Chairman Sarah Minear, thanking her for helping to make Mon General Hospital the finest hospital in the region. “The powerful combination of Zelda’s keen intellect and her deep compassion to help others is an inspiration to anyone who has met her.”
“From the first time we met, I knew that I was in the presence of an extraordinary woman; a lady with tremendous self-confidence, poise, warmth, wisdom and intellect,” said Mon General Foundation Board Chairman Steve LaCagnin in comments read at the dedication. “I know that I speak for The Foundation Board and the hospital when I say we have been blessed to have her as a volunteer, benefactor, critic, supporter, and friend. It can truly be said that Zelda has been instrumental with our hospital achieving excellence, and by virtue of that, Zelda has made our community a better place in which to live and raise our families."
Zelda Stein Weiss passed away February 15, 2012 at the age of 95. Her unique spirit will be missed throughout Mon General
and the entire community.
to the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Program.