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Archive for August, 2015

New Meditation Room at Hillman Cancer Center a Calming Space for Staff

2hillman2The 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.”

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Warm Hats for Wee Heads: Cigna Donates Hats for Babies

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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.)

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Rarefied Air: Building the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

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.

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