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Archive for June, 2015

RAW passion from PHriends of Team PHenomenal Hope

Dr. Patty George in northern Arizona

Dr. Patty George in northern Arizona

COCONINO NATIONAL FORESTLAND, Ariz. — What some physicians won’t do.

In order to specifically assist her Team PHenomenal Hope co-rider, to generally help to raise awareness and research funding for the dreaded disease of pulmonary hypertension, UPMC pulmonologist Dr. Patty George pedaled furiously through northern Arizona and the June 18 purple-pink sunrise. She, in fact, pedaled right past the idling rental vehicle in which teammate Anne-Marie Alderson tried to catch a rare catnap in the rear of the van with seats removed.

All trying to reach the Durango, Colo., finish of this 860-mile Race Across the West (RAW). (more…)

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2015 UPMC Sports Medicine High Point National

Riders flew down the hill on the approach to the enormous jump and held their throttles wide open on the takeoff, which catapulted them into the air and eventually onto the landing. This was my favorite spot to watch the action at the 2015 UPMC Sports Medicine High Point National, the 39th annual motocross race held this year in Mt. Morris, Pa.


As the title sponsor of the event, UPMC Sports Medicine is committed to providing exceptional treatment to all types of sports related injuries. In a sport where risks are high and injuries are unfortunately common, UPMC Sports Medicine steps in to lend a helping hand to the motocross community. As an employee in the UPMC Media Relations Department, I saw this commitment first hand while attending the race. (more…)

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Family Honors Care Received at Magee with Newborn Daughter’s Name

When Heather Pfleegor and her husband David found out they were expanding their family with twins, they were shocked and excited. Already parents to three-year-old daughter Danika, Heather’s second pregnancy was considered “high risk” for several reasons. In addition to being a woman over the age of 35 carrying twins, Heather gave birth to Danika prematurely at just 33 weeks.

The Pfleegors began searching for second opinions and more advanced care to handle any potential complications, and a Google search led them to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Despite living four hours away in Williamsport, PA, the Pfleegors made a trip to Magee for their initial consultation. (more…)

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … Superdean!

Knowing that regular physical activity is crucial to good health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Dean Donald S. Burke, M.D., and faculty and staff from the school put their research into action on a recent sunny afternoon.

And they did it dressed as caped crusaders.

Before a superhero-themed staff recognition event, the league of public health proponents did five “superhero” lunges on the school’s lawn for all of the busy Fifth Avenue traffic to witness. (more…)

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Pitt Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine Win National Contest to Improve Medication Adherence

The National Consumers League and its partners announced students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Pitt School of Medicine have won the National Challenge Award and the Creative Inter-Professional Team Event Award in its fourth annual Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge. The competition is designed to engage health profession students and faculty across the nation by encouraging teams to develop creative ideas, events, and initiatives to raise public awareness about the importance of medication adherence. More than 100 health profession schools in 21 states participated in the competition. (more…)

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