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News and Events: UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participates in many community, educational, and professional events throughout the Pittsburgh and Erie areas. See a review of past events below.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services congratulates Michael Balandiat

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services congratulates Michael Balandiat, OTR/L, CHT, MMT, CPAM for receiving the University of Pittsburgh Department of Occupational Therapy Clinical/Community Educator Award. The award recognizes Occupational Therapists for exhibiting superior skills and abilities in the practice, management, and professionalism in Level II fieldwork.

Gift Basket Raffle Winner

Patient Darlene Brown is winner of the “Giving Thanks for our Patients” basket at our Monroeville Corp One office.

Patient Darlene Brown is winner of the “Giving Thanks for our Patients” basket at the CRS Monroeville Corp One office.

Food Bank Donations Reach Many Communities

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services presented donations to a number of local food banks throughout November 2019, including Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and the Westmoreland County Community Food Bank.

      Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank 2019      Westmoreland Food Bank 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Basket Raffle 2019 Winner

Patty Bennett is the winner of the October 2019 Breast Cancer Awareness Month raffle at our Monroeville Corporate One location.

Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence (HAEE)

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in the HAEE 26th Annual 5K, on October 14, 2019 by providing a pre- and post-race stretching tent.

Pictured below from left to right:  Brian Caricato, PT Sarah Andrews, SPT, Emily Toussant, PT, Taylor Docherty, PT, Carolyn Wincer, PT

Expert in Upper Limb Rehabilitation

Mike Balandiat, OTR/L, CHT, MMT, CPAM, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, has renewed credentials as an expert in upper limb rehabilitation. People value the use of their hands; therefore any loss of function through injury or disease can devastate lives. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) offers the public assurance that the therapist treating them has achieved the highest recognition of competency in the profession. Mike is an occupational therapist at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services – Chapel Harbor in Fox Chapel. He has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and a Certified Hand Therapist for 25 years. Congratulations, Mike!

Oakmont Street Festival

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in the Oakmont Street Festival on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The staff spoke to attendees on our services and answered questions regarding physical and occupational therapy. Staff pictured in the photo (L to R) Shannon Mathis, Michael Balandiat, and Valerie Eiben.

Day of Health for Seniors

On June 25, 2019, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services McCandless participated in the Day of Health for Seniors at Cumberland Woods Village. They provided balance screening, hand grip strength screening, low vision screening, and Physical Therapy and Women’s Rehab “Ask a Therapist”.

Occupational Therapy and Senior Technology

Holly Stants, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, spoke at the Resource Networking, Senior Technology in the care of older adults event, presented by the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Cumberland Woods Village. The event was to exchange ideas and resources with professional peers from other organizations who support seniors in our region.

We are pleased to announce that, Minmei Shih, PhD, OTR/L, has received the University of Pittsburgh Occupational Therapy Alumni Award of Excellence. This award recognizes professional excellence among graduates of the Occupational Therapy Program. Minmei was honored for her work in advancing neurorehabilitation in the region and she received this accolade at the recent Pitt OT Colloquium.

CRS – N. Strabane Motivates Children to Read

Read Across America Day is an annual,nationwide observance that celebrates and promotes reading. On March 1, 2019, Scott Colombo, DPT and Facility Director at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services - N. Strabane, showed his support by reading to students at Trinity North Elementary School in Washington, PA. His chosen book was "Long Shot," a book about a young boy who wants to make the basketball team but doesn’t think he is tall enough. While in college, Scott, who is 5’8”, lived this story by defying the odds and playing for the Pitt Panthers Basketball Team after trying out as a walk-on player. We thank Scott for his motivational approach to promote reading.

CRS Uptown Celebrates “Low Vision Awareness Month”

In observance of Low Vision Awareness Month, Maria Shoemaker, OT at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (Pittsburgh Uptown) coordinated a display in UPMC Mercy’s cafeteria. On February 27th, Maria, Victoria Viola (Pitt OT Student) and Jenn Bonnet (UPMC CRS Marketing) demonstrated various adaptive tools and discussed how Occupational Therapy can help people with vision loss regain their independence and quality of life.

After months of planning, CRS Moon Township kicked off their Free, Interactive Wellness Series on Friday, January 25, 2019. This event focused on fall prevention in older adults and included a presentation by Courtney Ludwig, PT, DPT along with interactive balance screenings. Lauren DeFilippi, FD, PT; Deidre Musolino, PTA; and Jenn Bonnet, Marketing Representative assisted with the event. We are looking forward to the next event on February 22, 2019 which will focus on age-related cognitive changes. The monthly Wellness Series continues through May 2019 with each event scheduled on the last Friday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m.

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