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May 23, 2018 News Headlines

Healthy investments: UPMC venture capital arm adds strength to city (Editorial)
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 23, 2018
… Today, hospitals are the most visible manifestation of the city’s health care footprint. The future likely will hold something more, and investments like those UPMC is making will help Pittsburgh not only benefit from what comes but help to shape it.

Eggs may actually be good for your heart, study finds
Source: NBC News TODAY
May 22, 2018
… It’s important to look at these findings in the context of other studies, said Megan Grant, a clinical dietitian at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

New 'safety center' van will take UPMC injury prevention program to communities
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A new, “fully wrapped” mobile safety center van, made possible by a donation from John and Lisa Gismondi and the Gismondi Family Foundation, was unveiled Monday at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. ...

7 Easy Mistakes Could Alter Blood Pressure Readings
Source: KDKA-TV
May 22, 2018
… Stocker is director of Basic and Translational Research at the University of Pittsburgh Hypertension Center. …

$30M VC Fund Launched to Spur Innovation in Cardiovascular Care
Source: Healthcare Informatics
May 22, 2018
… Tal Heppenstall, president of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Enterprises, the commercialization arm of UPMC, added, “As one of the largest integrated health systems in the United States, UPMC is making significant investments in the disruptive technologies needed to dramatically improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare. …

AHA, Philips, UPMC launch $30M venture fund for cardiovascular innovation
Source: Healthcare Finance
May 22, 2018
The American Heart Association, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and healthcare tech company Royal Philips have partnered to finance a new $30 million venture fund, according to a statement. …

Report: More than $5.5 billion invested in southwestern Pennsylvania last year
Source: Beaver County Times
May 23, 2018
… Of that, $3 billion was invested in health-care infrastructure, with more than $2 billion coming from UPMC alone. …

Ellwood City’s Club Hope Foundation gets a home
Source: Ellwood City Ledger
May 23, 2018
… “Dr. Robert Ferris, who is now doing major cancer research for UPMC, decided to do surgery to remove the half of my thyroid that the cyst was found in,” she said. “While working at the Ellwood City pool watching children for the Ellwood City Children’s Center, at the age of 23, I got a call that changed my life forever. Dr. Ferris called to tell me that the cyst did contain cancer, but after speaking to many doctors at a conference he attended, he felt that I needed no further treatment to remain cancer free. And 10 years later, I remain cancer free and am so thankful I trusted myself and got that second opinion.” …

Employees: ATHENA Award winner leads 'with passion'
Source: Sunbury Daily Item
May 22, 2018
… Others who were recognized at the chamber's annual meeting were the first Young Professional of the Year Award recipient Amber Depew, of UPMC Susquehanna…

PA Live: UPMC (Birthing Options) May 21, 2018
Source: PA Homepage
May 22, 2018
Becca Russell from UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport explains the various services they offer for child birth. …

St. Margaret Foundation 5K brings in $107,000 to 'fill gaps of hope'
Source: Tribune-Review
May 22, 2018
… The top individual fundraiser was Michelle Domeisen and the top UPMC St. Margaret department fundraising team was the School of Nursing. …

Procalcitonin-based guicence fails to significantly reduce antibiotic use
Source: Healio
May 23, 2018
The findings contradict those of previous studies assessing the value of procalcitonin, a biomarker in the blood that can distinguish between bacterial and viral infections, according to David Huang, MD, MPH, associate professor in the department of critical care medicine and emergency medicine at University of Pittsburgh, Pitt Health Sciences, and colleagues …

AACR Ventures into New Cancer Research Funding Model
Source: Medpage Today
May 22, 2018
… Another initiative somewhat similar to the CFF's and AACR's was launched last week, with the American Heart Association and co-investors Philips and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announcing Cardeation Capital, a $30-million collaborative effort to enhance innovation in heart disease and stroke care. …

How going for a walk in the woods can improve your life
Source: Infosurhoy
May 22, 2018
… University of Pittsburgh researchers reported that spinal surgery patients exposed to natural light felt less stress, pain and took fewer pain medications than those patients who weren’t. …

82% of physicians blame burnout on interruptions from tech tools
Source: Health Care Finance News
May 22, 2018
… Nurses spend 21 percent of their 12-hour shift interacting with the EHR and 33 percent total with technology, according to an UPMC study cited by the researchers. …

Court halts licensing for marijuana research
Source: Tribune-Review
May 22, 2018
… Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf certified eight Pennsylvania medical schools , including University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, to conduct research in conjunction with the state's medical marijuana program. …

Keeping stress in check topic of June 20 program at UPMC center in Hampton
Source: Tribune-Review
May 22, 2018
… The workshop will be led by Sarah C. Johnson, a licensed clinical social worker and behavioral health therapist; and Annmarie Barone, a licensed integrated health social worker with UPMC Hampton's Outpatient Center and Expanded Care Team. …

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