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Archive for January, 2015

UPCI Academy Nominated for Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) Academy has been nominated for Coro’s Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award in the Distinguished Organizational Leadership category. The winner of that award and others will be announced Jan. 23 at the Coro event, which celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s values-based leadership and honors leaders and organizations in the Pittsburgh region that lead from their values in the service of building a more inclusive democracy. (more…)

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UPMC CancerCenter Awarded for Fundraising Efforts

UPMC CancerCenter staff was honored this week by two cancer advocacy organizations for helping to raise money and spread awareness.

Staff from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Wednesday presented UPMC CancerCenter staff with a special team trophy for their fundraising efforts at the various 2014 Light the Night walks this past fall. There were four walks total -Pittsburgh (Heinz Field), Erie, Johnstown, and Uniontown – and UPMC CancerCenter participated in all of them. (more…)

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Resident at Beatty Pointe Celebrates a Milestone Birthday

Residents and staff at Beatty Pointe Village in Monroeville, one of UPMC’s seven independent living senior communities, came together Jan. 6 for a special birthday celebration.

Resident Ruth Hanna turned 100 and, joined by family and friends, was honored after lunch in Beatty Pointe’s main dining room with balloons and a marble cake decorated with pink flowers. A fellow resident played the piano to lead the room in singing “Happy Birthday,” which was followed by a round of applause as Ruth beamed with happiness. (more…)

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Flu Season Brings Increased Visits to UPMC Emergency Departments

513419659UPMC hospital Emergency departments (ED)  have seen an increase in visits from patients with flu or flu-like illnesses over the past month, consistent with observations seen around the  United States.

At UPMC Presbyterian ED in Pittsburgh, hospital staff are currently seeing about 8-10 patients each day coming in with flu symptoms, such as fevers, coughing and body aches.

“We are seeing about 30 to 40 percent more than this time last year and similar to the peaks in previous years, which happened in late January or February,” said Donald M. Yealy, M.D., chair of emergency medicine at UPMC.  (more…)

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