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Archive for May, 2014

37 Million Steps – And Counting

How many steps can 200 associates at UPMC East take? Approximately 37 million — and they keep going.

Coordinators hoped that around 80 people would sign up to take a walking challenge and support the American Heart Association (AHA). More than twice that number — from frontline staff to the UPMC East leadership team — ended up joining in. Many had moving personal stories and reasons for participating. Some wanted simply to get in shape for upcoming weddings, while others participated in honor of family members. (more…)

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Pregnancy Diary: An Unexpected Stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care

At 9 pounds and 12 ounces, Duncan was the largest baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC when he was born. The nurses had to find him diapers that fit because the preemie and newborn diapers were too small for him. He didn’t fit into the little t-shirts so many of the NICU babies wore so the nurses found him special outfits, as well, until he was allowed to wear the clothes we brought him.

The nurses who work in Magee’s NICU are amazing. (more…)

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Innovation Challenge Recognizes Visionary Thinking

Projects that will alert people with Parkinson’s disease that it’s time to take another dose of medicine,  support smokers as they try to kick the habit, and hasten the healing of diabetic skin ulcers were awarded $100,000 prizes last night as the first winners of the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh). Also, three other projects received $25,000 awards during Monday night’s live judging event at the University Club in Oakland. (more…)

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UPMC Presbyterian Nurses, Catering Help Couple Wed

Most weddings take months to plan.

But when a patient battling a recurrence of cancer and his fiancée announced they wanted to exchange marriage vows as soon as possible, a team of nurses, social workers, catering staff, and others at UPMC Presbyterian pulled together and organized the ceremony and reception in less than 72 hours. (more…)

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