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UPMC Senior Services Honors Dr. Charles F. Reynolds as Grand Champion

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 20, 2014UPMC Senior Services will honor Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., as its 2015 Grand Champion 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.
“Dr. Reynolds’ commitment to serving senior citizens, both locally and abroad, is reflected in his ongoing research and advocacy initiatives,” said Deborah Brodine, president of UPMC Community Provider Services. “He is an internationally renowned expert in geriatric psychiatry and we are proud to have him as a member of our team at UPMC, as the leader of our Aging Institute with the University of Pittsburgh, and as our honoree as this year’s Grand Champion.”
The awards will be presented on Oct. 21 at the annual UPMC Senior Services “Celebrating Senior Champions” Dinner and Auction at the Omni William Penn hotel.
Dr. Reynolds is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as well as the director of the Aging Institute of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include mood, grief and sleep disorders in later life and the promotion of brain health in senior citizens.
Throughout his career, Dr. Reynolds’ groundbreaking research has been cited over 36,000 times. Beginning in 2016, Dr. Reynolds will serve as the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and he has also served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry and JAMA Psychiatry. As part of his ongoing involvement with the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Reynolds is leading a project focused on the development of scalable depression prevention strategies for use in low-resource countries.
“I am honored to receive the 2015 Grand Champion award from my colleagues at UPMC Senior Services,” said Dr. Reynolds. “I have dedicated my career to improving the lives of senior citizens with research and treatments that improve mental health. It is my ongoing mission to bring awareness to the issues seniors face in terms of depression, coping with grief and overall brain health.”
UPMC Senior Services also will honor The Pittsburgh Foundation as its 2015 Community Champion. Maxwell King, president and chief executive officer of the foundation, will accept the award on behalf of the organization. The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in America, and it supports local at-risk seniors, their caregivers and research to treat Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Brian Catale will be honored with the 2014 Caregiver Champion award for his work with Operation Veterans Benefits, a service of Brian Catale & Associates. Mr. Catale volunteers his time to help veterans  navigate the sometimes complex process of obtaining aid and attendance benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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