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Awards and Accolades: UPMC Leadership, Staff Achievements

PITTSBURGH, July 31, 2013 – UPMC often is recognized by professional societies and other prestigious organizations for significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently are:
  • Denise Abernethy, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N., director of emergency services, UPMC Shadyside, was named the 2013 Emergency Department Nurse Leader of the Year by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and Blue Jay Consulting. Ms. Abernethy was honored for her collaborative approach to leadership within the emergency department and her significant contributions in delivering quality patient care at the ENA State and Chapter Leaders conference in Fort Lauderdale in February.
  • Electromyographic (EMG) Laboratory of UPMC Presbyterian received Laboratory Accreditation status from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine. This milestone recognizes electrodiagnostic laboratories that deliver quality medical care to patients in safe environments.
  • Candi Castleberry Singleton, UPMC’s chief inclusion and diversity officer, was honored at the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh 31st Annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon in May. She received the Health and Human Services Award for her exceptional work in improving the lives of women and children throughout the region.
  • UPMC was recognized by the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity as the recipient of the 2013 Winds of Change award, which honors an organization that has raised awareness and demonstrated continued support of workplace diversity. 
  • Daolin Tang, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, was awarded a 2013 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) career development award. The two-year grant supports junior faculty to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish successful career paths in this field. Dr. Tang formally accepted the grant at the AACR Grants Dinner held in April in Washington, D.C.
  • Vonda Wright, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon and director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes, UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, recently was nominated for the 2013 Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award Program, which recognizes exceptional women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to the community and help other women to succeed through mentorship.  The ATHENA Awards Luncheon will take place in September. 

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