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Archive for November, 2017

A ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Cardiac Care

UPMC leaders and staff recently celebrated the opening of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Mercy. Located in the UPMC Mercy Professional Building, the center provides comprehensive care for patients seeking treatment for a wide variety of cardiovascular conditions, including ischemic and valvular heart disease, lipid disorders, preventive cardiology, hypertension and venous disease.

A team of more than 20 specialists in cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery now deliver community-based care at UPMC Mercy. They diagnose, treat and manage heart and vascular disease, but also focus on strategies to help patients prevent these diseases from developing.

Keeping with UPMC Mercy’s Catholic heritage, The Rev. Albert Schempp blessed the new space, its clinicians and the patients who come to the hospital seeking treatment. Michael Grace, president of UPMC Mercy, led a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the clinic.

“With this space, we can truly accomplish what the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute is designed to do,” said Dr. Michael Fallert, chief of cardiology at UPMC Mercy. “We house everything our patients need under one roof, and being able to walk down the hall to ask input from a colleague allows for easy collaboration and more effective care.”

The new facility is made up of 20 exam rooms, an area dedicated specifically to telemedicine appointments, and offices for physicians, nurses and administrators. Clinical pharmacists and a dietitian provide onsite patient counseling. Electrophysiologists are also available to evaluate and treat all arrhythmias and provide consultation for possible ablations and implantation of defibrillators or pacemakers.

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Mercy sees patients Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients seeking a cardiology or cardiac surgery appointment can call 412-232-9030, and those seeking vascular surgery appointments can call 412-802-3333. Additional information is available on the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute website.

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Time and Care Heal Injuries at UPMC Sports Medicine

Time and Care Heal Injuries at UPMC Sports MedicineWhen Shaler Area High School soccer player Lindsey Buczkowski collided with an opposing player during a game in her sophomore year, she knew the injury was very serious.

“This injury felt different than anything in the past,” Buczkowski said. “I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to walk the same way.”

She was diagnosed with a Lisfranc fracture, a complex injury where bones in the foot are displaced. It’s an injury serious enough to end an athletic career.

Buczkowski and her family sought treatment from Dr. MaCalus Hogan at UPMC Sports Medicine. Hogan performed surgery to insert a plate and screws, and another surgery four months later to remove them.

Buczkowski worked with athletic trainer Donna Rife to maintain her strength between surgeries by doing aquatic therapy leg weight exercises. She was able to keep her existing strength and even managed to become stronger through the exercises Rife planned for her.

“Lindsey was tough and driven,” Hogan said. “She had a positive outlook from the beginning, and I always believed her dedication and drive would allow her to return to sports.”

Now in her junior year, Buczkowski is back on the soccer field and grateful for the care she received and her relationship with the care providers.

“They were very knowledgeable and I always felt informed throughout the treatment process,” she said.

She plans to pursue a career in sports medicine so she can one day help athletes return to their passion.

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