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April 25, 2018 News Headlines

How live liver transplants could save thousands of lives
Source: The Conversation
April 25, 2018
… I am the clinical director of the Starzl Transplant Institute, named for University of Pittsburgh surgeon and professor Thomas Starzl, who pioneered liver transplantation. … At UPMC, we strongly believe in the ability of living donor liver transplant to be a lifesaving procedure and offer this as a first-line option to all our patients in need of a liver transplant. …

The will to survive
Source: The Shelbyville Times-Gazette
April 24, 2018
… Vanderbilt told her family that they could not do a liver transplant because she was too sick … Vanderbilt said they would call the University of Pittsburgh transplant center to see if they would take her. Pittsburgh is where liver transplant surgery was developed and became viable medicine. …

Organ donation offers chance to save a life
Source: The Villages Daily Sun
April 24, 2018
… The first hospital Kunkel applied to denied her admission to their program ... They tried again at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In November 2013, they put her on their list. …

Struthers man makes public signs asking for kidney donation
Source: WYTV-TV
April 24, 2018
… He's on a wait list at UPMC but has been told the average time is over four years. …

Innovative tech creates ‘one-stop-shop’ in new neuroscience wing
Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette
April 20, 2018
The Neuroscience Center officially opened up at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center just before Christmas, giving folks a “patient centric,” “one-stop-shop” for their neurological needs, said Sean Henry, director of neuroscience services…

Caffeine in pregnancy tied to childhood weight gain
Source: Reuters
April 24, 2018
… Still, more than three-quarters of pregnant women report consuming some caffeine, and the study results are an important reminder to keep it under 200 milligrams a day, said Lisa Bodnar, a public health researcher at the University of Pittsburgh who wasn’t involved in the study. …

Self-harm: Cutting
Source: WQED-TV
April 23, 2018
Dr. Lisa Pan of Western Psychiatric Institute of UPMC discusses self-harm behavior in teenagers.

Mayo, UPMC among top hospital systems named in IBM survey
Source: Healthcare DIVE
April 24, 2018
IBM Watson Health named its 15 top health systems for 2018, including the Mayo Clinic and UPMC. …

Here are IBM Watson Health's top 15 health systems
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
April 23, 2018
… Here are IBM Watson Health's top 15 health systems. Small Health Systems. UPMC Susquehanna Health System (Williamsport, Penn.)…

IBM Watson Health Names Its 15 Top-Performing Health Systems
Source: Healthcare Analytics News
April 23, 2018
… Here are IBM Watson Health's top 15 health systems. Small Health Systems. UPMC Susquehanna Health System (Williamsport, Penn.)…

‘I need a ride to visit my wife’
Source: Associated Press via Lock Haven Express
April 24, 2018
… Jason Bentley deputy chief of the Montoursville Police Department, escorts an 84-year-old man to see his 84-year-old wife in the emergency department of UPMC Susquehanna hospital in Williamsport, Pa. After the elderly man’s wife had a medical emergency and was taken from the couple’s home by ambulance and he didn’t have a way to get to the hospital…

Viral photo shows officer helping elderly man see ailing wife
Source: CNN via WNEP-TV
April 24, 2018
… The picture was snapped Thursday at the moment a police officer held the hand of an elderly man as he walked into UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport to see his sick wife. …

Police drive 84-year-old man to the hospital to see his wife after she went into full arrest
Source; ABC News
April 24, 2018
… She was taken to UPMC Susquehanna hospital, according to the Montoursville Police Department’s Facebook page. ...

City teen sickened in E. coli outbreak linked to lettuce
Source: Altoona Mirror
April 25, 2018
… In general, E. coli is a common bacteria naturally existing in the human body and in animals, said Dr. Matthew Bouchard, UPMC Altoona chairman of the department of emergency medicine. …

Getting ready for work: Programs aid transition for young adults with autism
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 24, 2018
… At the same time, new therapies being tested at the University of Pittsburgh might improve their work experiences. …

Penn State Health notifies 2,100 patients with multiple sclerosis after losing most MS specialists
Source: Lancaster Online
April 24, 2018
… UPMC Pinnacle spokeswoman Danielle Gilmore said its neurology team includes several doctors trained in neuromuscular fellowship who treat MS patients. …

UPMC Susquehanna, WASD, and Regional First Responders Prepare for Training Exercise on Sunday
April 24, 2018
… With this drill, UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport Area School District, and regional first responders are testing multi-agency emergency response and operations. …

Medical campus near new Memorial Hospital slated for fall opening
Source: Central Penn Business Journal
April 24, 2018
… The property sits across the street from the new UPMC Pinnacle Memorial Hospital, which is under construction. …

Hospice Carve-In for Medicare Advantage is ‘Inevitable’
Source: Home Healthcare News
April 24, 2018
… “What the MA structure creates is a bifurcation,” Julia Driessen, assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh, said while speaking at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) management leadership conference in Washington D.C. this week. …

Hybrid Cloud Deployments Offer Improved Flexibility to Healthcare Organizations
Source: Health Tech Magazine
April 24, 2018
… Four years ago, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center health system somewhat stumbled into its hybrid cloud strategy, says Chris Carmody, UPMC’s senior vice president of enterprise infrastructure. …

Before Summer, Here’s What to Know About Getting Your Skin Checked
Source: Healthline
April 24, 2018
… The study, led by Dr. Laura Ferris, associate professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Dermatology, concluded that when compared to dermatologists, physician assistants (PAs) performed more skin biopsies per case of diagnosed skin cancer while at the same time diagnosing fewer melanomas in the early stage (in situ). …

Prior Silent MI Linked to Tripling of Risk in Acute MI Patients (Subscriber Content)
Source: Medscape
April 24, 2018
… Notably, the ICELAND MI study revealed that coronary risk factors measured in mid-life are associated with unrecognized MI 31 years later, suggesting an opportunity to modify risk and halt progression, Erik B Schelbert, MD, from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, …

CMU researchers create self-folding origami, pasta that shapes as it cooks
Source: Tribune-Review
April 24, 2018
… Her team is also working with UPMC to develop fabric that responds to sweat and temperature. …

Top US medical schools failing to reflect minorities, social justice group says
Source: The Guardian
April 25, 2018
… Johns Hopkins, UCSF, Thomas Jefferson, University of Pittsburgh and University of Pennsylvania said they embraced diversity and welcomed WC4BL’s report, but felt the analysis overlooked initiatives or had a questionable methodology. …

Carlisle hospital gets 'C' grade from Leapfrog Group
Source: Cumberlink Sentinel
April 24, 2018
… The hospital is now owned by UPMC Pinnacle, whose other hospitals received “A” grades, including UPMC Pinnacle West Shore, UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg and UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic.  …

Colorado hospitals rise in patient-safety rankings; here's how 20 scored
Source: Clink Lancashire
April 25, 2018
… While most of the UPMC Pinnacle properties did well overall, the safety grade report on UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle showed the hospital performed below average in a number of areas …

Allegheny Health Network eyes McCandless for neighborhood hospital
Source: Tribune-Review
April 24, 2018
… The McCandless location is about a mile away from UPMC Passavant campus. …

Local Briefs: ‘Spirit of Women’ kick-off Thursday
Source: Lock Haven Express
April 25, 2018
… UPMC Susquehanna’s Spirit of Women program is expanding into Clinton County and is kicking off the great news with a Girls’ Night Out event on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, 10 Susquehanna Ave…

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