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UPMC Senior Services Honors Beckwiths as 2014 Grand Champions

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 22, 2014 - UPMC Senior Services will honor G. Nicholas Beckwith III and Dorothy Boyles Beckwith, co-founders of the Beckwith Institute: Patient Care Innovation Today and Tomorrow, as its 2014 Grand Champions for demonstrating exceptional leadership in improving the lives of seniors in western Pennsylvania and beyond. It is the highest honor awarded by UPMC Senior Services.

“Mr. and Mrs. Beckwith have demonstrated their commitment to seniors through their significant and ongoing support of innovation and improvement in patient care and personalized medicine,” said Deborah Brodine, president of UPMC Community Provider Services. “Their efforts have improved the lives of many older adults in a variety of patient care settings and UPMC Senior Services is exceptionally proud to recognize both of them for such exemplary work on behalf of the seniors in western Pennsylvania.”

The awards will be presented tomorrow at the annual UPMC Senior Services “Celebrating Senior Champions” Dinner and Auction at the Omni William Penn hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. Beckwith co-founded the Beckwith Institute at Shadyside Hospital Foundation in 1991, to express their deep gratitude for the compassion and care that Mrs. Beckwith received from the doctors and nurses during her recovery from a medical emergency. In 2012, they donated additional funds and built a partnership with UPMC to develop The Beckwith Institute: Patient Care Innovation Today and Tomorrow, which is dedicated to improving patient care at the bedside, supporting initiatives that innovate and improve the patient/family interface with clinical processes, and supporting the concepts of translational research with a specific focus on enhancing the translation of the application of evidence to patient care.

“We are honored to receive the 2014 Grand Champion award from UPMC Senior Services,” said Mr. Beckwith. “It is our passion to explore and implement innovative clinical process advancements that significantly improve patient care. And as co-founders of the Beckwith Institute, it is our mission to transform patient care and improve clinical outcomes. Everyone deserves excellent bedside care, and we are committed to making that possible.”

The UPMC Senior Services also will honor Family Hospice and Palliative Care as its 2014 Community Champion. Barbara Ivanko, president and CEO of Family Hospice and Palliative Care, will accept the award on behalf of the organization. Family Hospice helps patients make choices about their care, supports family and friends who are grieving, and educates both professionals and the community about end-of-life issues.

Margaret Mary Kimmel, Ph.D., will be honored posthumously and receive the 2014 Caregiver Champion award. Dr. Kimmel provided decades of service as a member of multiple boards serving older adults and individuals with disabilities.

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