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Archive for December, 2015

Curious About WCA Hospital’s Affiliation with UPMC?

WCA Hospital

WCA Hospital in Jamestown, NY, signed an affiliation agreement with UPMC on Thursday. But what does that mean? Here are some frequently asked questions, answered:

What is the agreement between WCA Hospital and UPMC?

The agreement sets forth the shared visions of WCA Hospital and UPMC to meet the challenges of today’s transformational changes in the health care industry by accessing UPMC’s technological resources, expertise, and capabilities, to preserve access to local health care and grow world-class health care services locally for years to come.

Why did WCA select UPMC?

WCA and UPMC share a commitment to provide high-quality patient care and a vision for the future to provide the best opportunities for the hospital, its medical staff and employees, and its patients and consumers.  WCA and UPMC Hamot already have a long-standing, mutually beneficial collaboration with their formal strategic affiliation agreement, signed in 2012.  UPMC is a world-class academic medical center that is consistently ranked in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of American’s Best Hospitals.   Together, we will continue to expand our mission to deliver outstanding health care while putting our patients, medical staff, employees, supporters, and volunteers at the center of everything we do. (more…)

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UPMC Helps Patients in Need Cover Cost of Care

Clinician typingUPMC has a dedicated team of financial counselors who work with patients to get them the financial assistance they need. Here are some common questions and answers about our program.

Who is eligible for assistance? What if you have insurance?

Patients who have limited or no health insurance, demonstrate financial need, reside in the primary service area of a UPMC hospital, and supply UPMC with necessary household finance information may be eligible to receive assistance. Some patients with insurance might still be eligible for financial assistance, depending on the amount of coverage available to them. (more…)

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How Do We Agree On What “Good” Patient Studies Look Like?

It seems intuitive: Want to do a good study to improve patient care? Then use real-world evidence to find out what works and what doesn’t – and how to fix it. But without common standards for conducting such studies it can be difficult to gather the support needed to make research-based changes.

Sally Morton, Ph.D., professor and chair of biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and director of the Comparative Effectiveness Research Center in Pitt’s Health Policy Institute, and colleagues recently completed a review and laid out standards and guidelines for conducting these types of “observational” studies in The Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. (more…)

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Family Gives Back by Donating Gift Baskets to Families of ICU Patients

IMG_7350Pam Campano knows what it is like to be in the hospital with a loved one over the holidays.

For years while her father awaited a heart transplant, Campano spent long hours, days and nights in the intensive care unit (ICU) at UPMC Presbyterian by his side. However, during the holiday season, she found it particularly hard, especially with four young children at home to care for.

“It is the time of year that is supposed to be full of joy, celebration, and to be surrounded by all your family members,” Campano said. “But when you are caring for a sick loved one and spending your time in the hospital, rather than participating in the holiday traditions, it is extremely difficult.  Christmas cards need to be mailed, gifts need to be bought and holiday decorating needs to be completed.” (more…)

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