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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Announces Leadership, Staff Achievements

PITTSBURGH, July 23, 2010 – The staff of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center often are recognized by professional societies and other prestigious organizations for significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently are:

  • Mark Lovell, Ph.D., founding director, UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion program, received an award for years of excellence in concussion research at May’s national Concussion Summit in Los Angeles.
    • In June, Dr. Lovell received a USA Hockey Excellence in Safety Award at USA Hockey’s Annual Convention in Colorado Springs. The UPMC sports concussion program is the first and largest clinical research program of its kind.
  • Candi Castleberry Singleton, chief inclusion and diversity officer, UPMC Center for Inclusion in Health Care, received the following awards:
    • Pittsburgh Woman of Humility Award from Point Park University, recognizing women who set the example in their workplaces and social lives, and whose ideas and concepts are initiated and implemented toward progression and change.
    • The Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award, honoring women whose professional achievements have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who have made an important contribution to the community.
    • The Community College of Allegheny County Vanguard Diversity Award, recognizing exemplary leadership, vision or service in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Allegheny County and greater Pittsburgh area.
  • Dawnita Wilson, program director of inclusion initiatives, UPMC Center for Inclusion in Health Care, was recognized as a part of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2010 “Fab 40.” This list honors a select group of Pittsburgh’s young African-American men and women under the age of 40 who have demonstrated the ability, determination, focus and fortitude to tackle the challenges that lie ahead while defying negative stereotypes used to portray black youth.
  • Tami Minnier, chief quality officer, UPMC, was recognized for her distinguished contributions to the quality of health care and invited to join the editorial board for the Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange. Ms. Minnier will participate in the Exchange’s efforts to foster broader and more rapid dissemination of health care delivery innovations.
  • Denise Verosky, M.S.N., M.S., R.N., C.M.S.R.N., director, palliative care, UPMC Mercy, was re-elected to a second term as co-director on the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) board of directors for 2011-2013. She will be responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and operations of AMSN and will assume her position at the conclusion of the AMSN’s 19th Annual Convention, October 20 to 25 in Las Vegas.
  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC received The Partner for Change Award and also the DEHP-free Award, from Practice Greenhealth, recognizing outstanding efforts in environmental improvement. The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand their environmental programs on the path to sustainability. The DEHP-free Award is given to the hospital or system that demonstrates the most success replacing medical devices containing di-phthalate with safer alternatives.
  • UPMC was recognized by appearing in the 10 Largest Secular Not-For-Profit Healthcare Systems and Largest Healthcare Systems Operating Home-Care Agencies in Modern Healthcare’s 2010 Hospital Systems Survey.
  • UPMC received the 2010 Leadership Circle Award-bronze level for its contributions of volunteer and financial support to Junior Achievement throughout the year.
  • The new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC  received three local awards; the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Professional Engineers Society; the Master Builders Association Excellence Award for a new construction project in excess of $10M; and the Commercial Project of the Year Award from the Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania for development, design and construction of the hospital.

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UPMC is an $8 billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. As western Pennsylvania‘s largest employer, with almost 50,000 employees, UPMC is transforming the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research, and technology. By integrating 20 hospitals, 400 doctors‘ offices and outpatient sites, long-term care facilities, and a major health insurance services division, and in collaboration with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC has advanced the quality and efficiency of health care and developed internationally renowned programs in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, orthopaedics, and sports medicine, among others. UPMC is commercializing its medical and technological expertise by nurturing new companies, developing strategic business relationships with some of the world‘s leading multinational corporations, and expanding into international markets, including Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Japan. For more information about UPMC, visit our website at

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