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Blessing of the Hands and a Sweet Treat at UPMC Mercy Mark Nurses Week

WHAT: Blessing of the Hands Ceremony and sweet treats from Dunkin Donuts

WHO: UPMC Mercy maternity ward nurses

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2011 – distribution of donated coffee and ‘pink and blue’ donuts; 11 a.m., Blessing of the Hands ceremony

WHERE: UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St., Uptown

WHY: Each May 6 to 12, the American Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week. This year’s theme is “Nurses Trusted to Care.” In addition to a formal Catholic Mass at noon in the hospital chapel, priests at UPMC Mercy will perform the Blessing of the Hands ceremony for the nursing staff on the maternity ward. With Mother’s Day being celebrated Sunday, May 8, this annual blessing will have special meaning for the many mothers who rely on the care and skill of their nurses.

Note to Media: To cover this event, contact Stephanie Stanley at 412-855-8690 or Parking will be available on the driveway.

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