The staff at the Hillman Cancer Center can relax in a room of their own thanks to a generous grant from the Shadyside Hospital Foundation.
UPMC CancerCenter leaders cut the ribbon Tuesday on the 3rd floor room, which includes a zero gravity massage recliner, soft lighting, faux wooden floors and even adult coloring books, among other amenities designed to help nurses and staff find calm amid what can often be a hurried and emotionally heavy job. A quote on the wall from Mahatma Gandhi reads, “Take care of this moment.”
As part of an eight-week March of Dimes campaign, Cigna donated more than 1,000 crocheted and knit caps for babies born at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, including those being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The volunteer knitters created a variety of sizes and styles, ranging from black-and-gold Steelers-themed caps to some in the shape of a sweet strawberry. Head coverings help the sick and premature babies maintain body heat, which is essential to their development.
“Cigna’s donation is a true act of kindness,” said Dr. Jennifer Kloesz, medical director of Magee’s NICU. “These warm, handmade caps not only help keep the premature babies warm, but they also represent a gift of caring. This type of memento gives families a small comfort during a difficult time.”
Nearly 11,000 babies are born at Magee each year, and its NICU cares for ill and premature newborns.
(Pictured above: New mom Shania Bryant looks down on baby Solomon, who is modeling one of the handmade caps gifted to Magee by Cigna and the March of Dimes.)
The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex will serve as the primary practice and training facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a comprehensive outpatient facility for UPMC Sports Medicine. This first-of-its-kind facility in the Pittsburgh region is a true partnership between two world-class organizations, and will feature 185,000 square feet of total space dedicated to treating, training and inspiring athletes at every level. In the video above, see the building of the complex from groundbreaking to finish.
Video by UPMC with drone coverage by 7LineMedia.
Dr. Bastacky was one of six physicians presenting an interactive, hands-on lesson as part of a rotation at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Summer Health Career Academy hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. From June 20-24, 50 local students, all of whom are considering careers in the health sciences, had the opportunity to explore their desired career paths and to learn about the academic preparation necessary for these careers. (more…)
Two University of Pittsburgh researchers have been awarded a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the body’s response to the lethal inflammatory disease known as sepsis.
Led by Timothy Billiar, M.D., Pitt’s George Vance Foster endowed professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Daolin Tang, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery at Pitt and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), researchers plan to explore the relationship between immunometabolism, meaning cellular energy regulation and immune function, and the development of sepsis. (more…)