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Archive for September, 2015

Former Burn Patient Gives Back to UPMC Mercy with Magic Shows

MercyMagician_150827_IMG_8011resizeAt this time last summer, 13-year-old Jordan Finkelstein was an outpatient at the UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center after sustaining a second-degree burn to his left hand while making a glass paperweight at school. While he sat in the hospital waiting room during his post-treatment visits, he remembers being in tremendous pain due to his recent burn—but thankfully distracted when child life specialist Jessica Smith brought him an iPad to play with.

Now with his hand fully recovered and mostly scar-free, Jordan is back to one of his unique hobbies:  magic. Fascinated when he was younger by popular magicians like David Copperfield and David Blaine, Jordan used the internet to teach himself a wide variety of magic tricks that he uses to stun audience members of all ages, including patients at the hospital where he was treated. (more…)

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UPMC, Pitt Partnership a ‘Center of Excellence’ for Rare Genetic Disorder


When their daughter stopped walking on Mother’s Day, one local family embarked on a path to learning that they’re carriers of a rare genetic disorder called hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT).

At the same time, UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh were simultaneously finalizing a partnership that recently earned them “Center of Excellence” status in the disorder from an international organization. This means that little Charlotte is running again and her parents are reassured that UPMC is bringing its multidisciplinary expertise to managing the family’s care, while Pitt researchers search for a cure.

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Erin’s Story: How a UPMC Nurse Brought Light to a Dark Day


More than 10,000 babies are born at Magee-Womens Hospital each year. Although most experiences are joyful, some mothers go through the unthinkable — delivering a stillborn child who they will not be bringing home.

Watch the story of how Rachel Poerschke, a Magee Labor and Delivery nurse, brought light to the darkness for Erin Prem and her family, as told through Erin’s words.

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