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Format: 04/17/2014
Format: 04/17/2014

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Allegheny General Hospital Welcomes New Director of Bloodless Surgery Program

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Rita Schwab, CPMSM, has joined Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) as Program Director for its Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery.

In her new role, Ms. Schwab will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Center and serve as an educational resource for individuals who wish to learn more about transfusion-free surgery options.

Ms. Schwab also will be an instrumental part of a newly formed committee to investigate how blood conservation principals used within the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery can be applied in other departments at Allegheny General.

“Blood conservation methods are currently receiving considerable attention industry-wide,” Ms. Schwab said. “Not only do they preserve valuable healthcare resources, studies show that patients who do not receive transfusions often have fewer complications and therefore recover faster.”

Ms. Schwab is certified in medical services management and worked as a consultant in Ohio prior to joining AGH. She also has worked at the Cleveland Clinic as manager of clinical risk management and medical staff administration.

Allegheny General's hospital-wide Bloodless Medicine & Surgery program was established well over a decade ago to provide quality health care for patients who request treatment without the use of blood or blood products.

Under the direction of Jan Seski, MD, a respected national leader in transfusion-free medicine, AGH’s Center treats more than 400 patients per year, some traveling from as far as Florida, Arkansas, West Virginia and Ohio.

Whether due to religious convictions or concerns over the safety of blood transfusions, a growing number of people in our country are expressing an interest in bloodless medicine programs. AGH’s comprehensive center provides highly complex surgical procedures, such as organ transplantation, brain, vascular, gynecological, cardiac, orthopaedic and gastrointestinal surgery, without the necessity of transfusion. 

“I love the opportunity to interact with patients and their families, and to be able to reassure them that their wishes will be observed and respected. In the short time I’ve been at Allegheny General Hospital I’ve been impressed again and again with the helpful and compassionate attitude of the staff,” Ms. Schwab said.
To learn more about the Center For Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at AGH, call (412) 359-8787 or 1-877-284-2000.
 

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