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Archive for April, 2013

Making A Pledge for Life: The Importance of Organ, Tissue and Cornea Donation

Did you know that more than 117,000 people across the United States are waiting for an organ transplant?  Eight thousand of those individuals are here in Pennsylvania. Eighteen people will die each day without receiving one. And one organ, tissue and cornea donor can help up to 50 transplant patients.

Those are sobering statistics. Unfortunately, the number of people in need of transplants far exceeds the number of organ, tissue and corneas that are donated. 

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UPMC Employee Recounts Life Changing Visits to Uganda


Kay Rahuba is a nurse practitioner and program director of re:solve Crisis Network, part of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC).  Rahuba has gone on four trips with Uganda Christian Solutions, a faith-based organization that works to provide medical care, clean water and other services in the east African country.  She came back from her most recent trip at the end of March; on this visit, Rahuba went to Uganda with four other UPMC employees. (more…)

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