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Burn Concern Hosts Family Dinner Night

West Penn Burn Concern support group held its first Family Dinner Night on July 26th in West Penn Burn Center for patients and families, most who were there from an explosion and fire at a natural gas drilling operation near New Milton, West Virginia.

The response from the burn survivors and families was absolutely overwhelming--there was a packed house, good home cooked food and most of all, plenty of burn survival support. Many  talked about what a good experience the recovery process has been at West Penn Burn Center, made even better by the Burn Concern support group and the family dinner night. It was decided that the Family Dinner Night will be held again whenever there is a tragic fire event affecting many people.

Congratulations and thank you to the Burn Concern Group on such a successful event.  

Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club Donates Generously for Burn Camp

Fire and Iron Motorcycle ClubOn July 21, Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club Station 6, Pittsburgh PA, presented West Penn Burn Center with a generous check for burn camp. The Club raised more than $21,000 for West Penn and Mercy’s pediatric burn patients at their annual events – a charity motorcycle ride in June and a Valentine’s Dance.

Fire & Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club Station 6 is a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who are primarily firefighters and their family and friends! Their goal is to present a favorable image of the American firefighter motorcyclist by participating in charitable events and in any other function that will enhance the image of the Club and the fire service.

Golf Classic Benefits Patients

McKamish FoursomeThis year’s West Penn Allegheny Health System Golf Classic, held on June 17 at the Pittsburgh Field Club, raised nearly $100,000 for the patients of West Penn, Allegheny General, Allegheny Valley and Forbes hospitals. Rich Walsh, sports anchor for WPXI-TV, was the Emcee. The outing was a sell-out, and the West Penn Hospital Foundation thanks all of the golfers and sponsors for making the day such a success and so much fun. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Special thanks to this year’s Presenting Sponsor – McKamish. The 2014 System golf outing will be held on June 9 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. 

Summer Camp for Burned Children a Success

West Penn Burn Center Summer CampWest Penn Burn Center Summer Camp was five days of boot-scootin’ fun! This year 27 campers age 7-17 enjoyed an amazing time of friendship and activity designed to enhance relationships that last well beyond the five days at camp. Seven new campers were welcomed into the burn camp “family” this year. The volunteer counselors included West Penn Hospital employees, West Virginia University child psychology students, area firefighters, adult burn survivors, and community friends. We continue to be thankful for the generous contributions of our numerous Burn Camp donors that make camp free for all participants. 

Give from the Heart – It’s the right place to start.

Give from the HeartOur wonderful West Penn Hospital employees gave from their hearts during West Penn Hospital Foundation’s 2013 Employee Campaign, Give from the Heart – It’s the right place to start.

From the campaign kick-off on April 29 with the traditional Nickel Sundae Monday, through May 31, more than 500 employee donors contributed over $70,000 to benefit a host of patient care, education and research initiatives at West Penn Hospital. Joseph Ahearn, MD, Sally Bowker, RNC-OB and Lisa Graper, RNC-NIC, co-chaired the campaign.

West Penn Hospital Opens Cardiovascular Institute

EP LabWest Penn Hospital opened a state-of-the art Cardiovascular Institute on May 13. Patients with diseases of the heart and blood vessels can access a full range of services for all their cardiology needs in one convenient location.

The new Cardiovascular Institute is another example of West Penn Hospital’s successful revitalization and its pledge to provide area residents with cutting-edge healthcare, explained Duke Rupert, president and CEO, West Penn Hospital. “West Penn Hospital has undergone extensive renovations to better meet the needs of its patients,” he said. “At our new Cardiovascular Institute, you’ll find specially designed space for patient exams and consultations, diagnostic procedures and treatment. We also have added the latest technology to enhance the quality of care. But we also put a strong emphasis on the human side of healthcare. We are equally committed to treating our patients with dignity, compassion and the highest quality of care possible. We look forward to serving our communities for many years to come.”

Venkatraman Srinivasan, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology and director of the Cath Lab at West Penn Hospital, said that patients who visit the new institute can count on a seamless continuum of care tailored to their unique needs. “Our team of expert and compassionate staff will work closely with each patient’s primary care physician to deliver the very best surgical, clinical, diagnostic and educational services,” he said. “We are deeply committed to providing our heart patients with excellent care and new hope for an improved quality of life.” 

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