Western Psych Mourns Loss of Employee and Therapist Michael Schaab
PITTSBURGH, March 9, 2012 – Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC today confirmed the death of employee Michael Schaab in the shootings yesterday at WPIC, which injured seven people and killed two. Mr. Schaab, 25, worked at WPIC since 2008 as a milieu therapist, providing program development and group therapy.
Claudia Roth Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of WPIC, said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague and friend, Michael Schaab, yesterday. It was clear that Michael was truly a leader among our staff, and he was beloved by the geriatric patients whom he cared for every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time. This senseless act of violence has had a profound impact on all of us who knew and admired him. He will be greatly missed.
“We are offering resources and tools to support staff, patients and families during this challenging time, and we offer our support and prayers to those who are still recovering from their injuries.”