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Archive for July, 2014

UPMC Presbyterian Receives HHS Honors for Organ Donor Enrollment Efforts

UPMC Presbyterian was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching the gold level of achievement, the highest possible, for conducting activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. The hospital’s efforts were part of a national campaign known as the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign led by HHS to increase donor enrollments in state registries nationwide. (more…)

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Oncology Awards Recognize UPMC CancerCenter Physicians, Nurses, Staff

Every year, leaders from the UPMC CancerCenter recognize the physicians, nurses and staff who go the extra mile to provide the highest quality care to patients. This year’s Oncology Awards were held July 8.

“We’re so  proud of our clinicians and staff for how hard they work every day to ensure patients and their families are getting the best care possible. Cancer challenges our patients in so many ways and we think it’s important that we recognize those in the UPMC CancerCenter network that go above and beyond to address those challenges,” said Stanley Marks, M.D., chairman of the UPMC CancerCenter. (more…)

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Jon’s Story: Man First in U.S. Implanted With Device Before Double-Lung Transplant


Suffering from cystic fibrosis and rejecting the transplanted lungs he had gotten just two years ago, Jon Sacker, 33, came to UPMC from his hometown in Moore, Oklahoma, as a last resort. But when his carbon dioxide levels spiked, making him too sick for another transplant, his family feared the worst.

“I thought I had brought my husband here to die,” said Sacker’s wife, Sallie. (more…)

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Have a Blast This 4th of July – Safely

Members of the media and bystanders watched as the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police bomb squad detonated a confiscated homemade firework inside a watermelon, launching pieces of the fruit up to thirty feet away. Just minutes later, a firefighter poured lighter fluid and gasoline onto a lit charcoal grill, sending flames soaring into the air. (more…)

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