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Archive for January, 2015

The Latest: UPMC, “America’s Bitter Pill,” TIME, and 60 Minutes

Not long ago, UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey A. Romoff spoke with author Steven Brill about the hospital system he has helped to create over the past 40 years. The author of an earlier ground-breaking article on health care in TIME , Brill wanted to know how to “fix” the U.S. health care system, an investigation that took on new meaning after his own open-heart surgery. And what he found is something UPMC’s 62,000 employees are very proud of – and the rest of western Pennsylvania should be, too.

The answer, he says, is UPMC. (more…)

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Oncology Nurse Allows Patient to Shave His Head


A professional staff nurse at UPMC Shadyside found a unique way to help a young woman cope with hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment: He let her shave his head.

As a result, Sean Capet’s hospital colleagues nominated him for a DAISY Award, an honor given to nurses to recognize the care they show to patients and their families every day.   (more…)

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UPMC Patients to Get “Terrible Napkins” to Cheer for Steelers

Terrible napkinsFood and Nutrition Services will distribute the “Terrible Napkin” to help patients get ready for Saturday night when the Steelers battle the Baltimore Ravens in their wildcard playoff game at Heinz Field.

Patients at UPMC Montefiore, UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC will receive the napkin Saturday and can wave it to cheer the Steelers on to victory.

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Supporting Organ Donation at the Rose Parade

A little piece of UPMC will be represented at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., today. A rose vial with a note signed by John Innocenti, president, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, will be used to hold a flower on the Donate Life Float.

Sponsored by Donate Life America, the float is intended to educate people about organ donation and the more than 120,000 Americans awaiting a transplant, as well as to honor those donors who have given the gift of life. (more…)

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