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Archive for July, 2014

UPMC Altoona Opens Outpatient Transplant Clinic

Gloria Bosh had a kidney transplant 14 years ago. But every year, the 72-year-old has to travel more than two hours from her home in Duncansville to Pittsburgh for a check-up with specialists. The trip requires her son, who lives out of state, to come and take her each year.

But that’s all changed now that UPMC Altoona has opened a transplant clinic for the care of transplant patients before and after their surgeries. Instead of traveling to Pittsburgh to see UPMC’s world-class specialists, the physicians and transplant team will come to UPMC Altoona’s Station Medical Center to provide care. (more…)

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Pitt Trauma Team Aims to Reduce Deaths by Providing Blood-Clotting Agent on STAT MedEvac Helicopters


Trauma experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC will launch a multi-center trial this summer to see if administering a blood-clotting drug to severely injured patients while they are being transported by helicopter to the hospital can improve survival rates.

Uncontrolled bleeding is a leading cause of death following a traumatic injury because it can lead to multiple organ failure and infection. (more…)

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UPMC Partners With Local, Diverse Companies to Build Business

462762905Through its Supplier Diversity Program, UPMC is dedicated to partnering with minority, woman-owned, and disadvantaged businesses (MWDBE). That partnership goes beyond just using their goods and services and includes helping those businesses grow and flourish, even outside of their dealings with UPMC.

For minority business owners and operators, an MWDBE certification is often the key to reaching the next level of success. The certification increases a business’ visibility and network, and because a certain standard of quality is required for certification, many organizations seek to specifically partner with MWDBE businesses, including UPMC. On July 22, small, local businesses gained both exposure and guidance on obtaining state and federal MWDBE certification at an event sponsored by UPMC Health Plan.  (more…)

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Hillman Cancer Center Clinic Helps With Sleep

In her time as a chief fellow at a New York hospital, clinical psychologist Amy Lowery, Ph.D., noticed how common sleep problems were among cancer patients during and after their treatment. She began to see these patients, and when the demand for her services rapidly grew, she established a sleep clinic.

After being recruited to her current position at the UPMC CancerCenter in November 2012, Dr. Lowery began the process of establishing a similar clinic at the Hillman Cancer Center. Since April 2013, the Cancer Sleep Clinic has worked to treat the sleep issues that develop as a result of cancer treatment. (more…)

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Podgurski Named Medical Director of Palliative Care at Magee

Lisa Podgurski, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics at UPMC, has been named the new Medical Director of Palliative Care Services at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Dr. Podgurski completed her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and residency in internal medicine at UPMC Presbyterian, along with a Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at the UPMC. She is board certified in internal medicine. Her clinical areas of interest include symptom management and addressing goals of care for patients with life-threatening illness in both inpatient and outpatient settings. (more…)

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