Mental Health Technician to Receive Phoenix Award

Monday, May 5, 2014

OVMC is pleased to announce Kortney Hilson, a mental health technician with the Robert C. Byrd Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Center, is receiving the Ohio Valley African American Students Association Phoenix Award for being an inspiring and determined non-traditional African-American student at the organization's annual banquet.

This is the fourth-annual award, and Hilson was voted to receive the award by peers, community members, and parents throughout the Ohio Valley. A banquet will honor her, as well as several other educators and students, on May 22nd at Wheeling Jesuit University.

“We are very proud of her for this award and all she has accomplished,” said John Antal, director of clinical services. “Kortney is an asset to our organization and the patients whom she treats. We value her commitment to the community and education.”

Hilson received the award because of her studies in the master's of social work program at WVU. While employed at the Robert C. Byrd Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Center, she has also worked as a valued intern in the RCB Clinical Therapy Dept since August of 2013.  

“You do not realize people are paying attention to the deeds you do, so receiving this award is very humbling for me. I feel honored and am greatly appreciative,” said Hilson.

The Ohio Valley African American Students Association is an organization that began five years ago because of the staggering high school drop-out rate of African-American students in ninth through eleventh grades. By honoring student achievement through award recognitions, the organization has been able to award numerous scholarships to area students.

“Kortney is receiving the Phoenix award because of her work with young people through her occupation, education, and participation in the community,” said Ron Scott, Jr., OVAASA founder. “Her story embodies the characteristics of the Phoenix story. She is one of the more resilient people I have ever met.”

Hilson will receive her master's degree from WVU this month. She is a resident of Martins Ferry and a proud mother of two children.