New State-of-the-Art Equipment Helps UPMC Northwest

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November
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 Photo: Left to right: Paula Schall, Robin Perry, Pat Boland, Dr. Abdu, Todd Ledoux   

 

New State-of-the-Art Equipment Helps UPMC Northwest  Perform Lung Procedures Locally

 

SENECA, Nov. 16, 2015 Physicians at UPMC Northwest are using new equipment that can aide in the diagnosis of lung disease and lead to earlier, personalized treatment and potentially save lives.

 

A grant provided by the Northwest Hospital Foundation helped to fund the purchase of the SuperDimension™ Navigation System which enables procedures to be performed that provide a minimally invasive approach to accessing difficult-to-reach areas of the lung.

 

“This GPS-like technology paired with the electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy allows us to get into tiny airways to biopsy nodules in the lung that need further investigation, “ said Amgad Abdu, M.D. of Northwest Pulmonology-UPMC. “Because this technology is available here, our patients are able to have this procedure done locally, eliminating the need to travel and the added expense.”

 

Theresa Edder, executive director of the foundation said that UPMC Northwest is just one of five hospitals in the UPMC network that has this particular technology. “Projects like this directly reflect Northwest Hospital Foundation’s mission to enhance UPMC Northwest’s ability to provide high-quality care to the residents of the region it serves by making financial resources available to UPMC Northwest,” said Edder. “The foundation funds programs and activities that go above and beyond what is normally supported throughout the entire UPMC system, and we’re proud to be able to enhance the efforts of the staff and physicians to provide excellent care to patients and families at UPMC Northwest.”

For more information on the Northwest Hospital Foundation or to donate, call 814-676-7145. To contact Northwest Pulmonology-UPMC, call 814-678-6408.
 

2015 Annual Corporation Meeting

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November
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ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS NORTHWEST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION AND UPMC NORTHWEST

Members of the Northwest Hospital Foundation Corporation gathered for their annual meeting on Tuesday, October 6 where they learned about foundation activities over the past year as well as several UPMC Northwest achievements as well as both local and national health care trends.
In her report to the corporate membership, foundation board chair, Denise Jones, shared the organization’s top strategic goal: to improve awareness and perception of the Northwest Hospital Foundation. Some outcomes already achieved include changing the foundation’s name to the current ‘Northwest Hospital Foundation’; hiring a new executive director, Theresa Edder; developing branding via a new logo, marketing materials, website and social media presence; and establishing a Philanthropy Philosophy (P2) which is the guiding principle for fulfilling grant requests.
Jones added that every year the foundation earmarks funds to assist patients who do not have the resources to pay their hospital expenses and supports community educational programs such as Stroke Awareness Week, Cancer Awareness Week, and Sleep Safe educational materials for the Family Birthing Center. It also provides financial support for the acquisition of medical equipment that provides cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment modalities for patients, the board chair said. She added that continued support for the TCU/Rehab building project completed in 2009 continues with the fifth installment of the $3 million total commitment. The foundation also provided support for the construction of a Healing Garden for TCU and Rehab patients and their families in 2015.
A report by UPMC Northwest president, David Gibbons, highlighted the many achievements and advancements at both UPMC and UPMC Northwest including the following: UPMC is strong financially and has reinvested over $400 million in western Pennsylvania; admissions across all facilities total over 280,000; and the UPMC Health Plan membership is now more than 2.7 million.
David Gibbons highlighted some key statistics about UPMC Northwest:
• 5,065 acute admissions
• 2,711 medical observations
• 7,776 total patient contacts
• 4,914 surgeries
• 30,208 emergency department visits
• 135,919 outpatient visits

He outlined several successful areas of program development including telehealth/ telemedicine (now with 41 active programs); a comprehensive lung program to diagnose and treat the high number of lung cancer cases in our area; a number of state and national accreditations (The Joint Commission Top Performer, The Joint Commission Acute Care and Primary Stroke Center surveys, American Stroke/Heart Association Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite designations, and PA Department of Health surveys of Behavioral Health and Transitional Care Units).
David Gibbons also gave an overview of the new UPMC Urgent Care center in Franklin that opened in 2014. He shared that within the first six to eight months, the service was operating at their three-year projection, seeing an average of over 30 patients every day.
He also discussed the strategic direction of UPMC Northwest via an enhanced patient care experience, quality and safety initiatives, physician recruitment, staff and program development, capital investment including new fetal monitors, scopes, sterilizers, anesthesia machines and cameras for the operating suite, as well as upgrades in the radiation oncology information system. Gibbons reiterated that all of these initiatives continue to emphasize how UPMC Northwest is making a difference by impacting the community.
Several national trends in health care were shared with the group, such as projected physician shortages, health insurance coverage rates, the increased use of public reporting websites to rate hospitals and physicians, and value based purchasing initiatives. The presentation concluded with the opportunity to pose questions to the UPMC Northwest president, David Gibbons.
A review of Northwest Hospital Foundation’s financial report was presented by McGill Power, Bell and Associates, LLP who declared a clean opinion of the foundation audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, with work currently under way on the 2015 audit.

TCU/Rehab Healing Garden Grand Opening

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November
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NORTHWEST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION CELEBRATES OPENING OF HEALING GARDEN FOR PATIENTS

            Northwest Hospital Foundation recently celebrated the opening of a new Healing Garden for TCU/Rehab patients as part of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week. The garden is the inspiration of TCU and Rehab staff members at UPMC Northwest who envisioned a recreational area that would provide patients with a private outdoor garden to enjoy during their extended hospitalization in the Transitional Care or Rehabilitation Unit.

The garden, funded by the Northwest Hospital Foundation and constructed by King’s Landscaping, includes raised planters for patients to directly participate in the planting, watering and ongoing care of both vegetable and flower gardens. A shaded table and chairs, along with additional seating areas highlight the open-air garden.

Many patient activities have already been held in the Healing Garden including family visits, patient birthday celebrations, a luncheon and games party, as well as individual and group occupational therapy sessions. Plans for exercise programs, gardening programs and other fair-weather events are being developed for patients and families. According to Lorraine McCauley, who has participated in activities in the Healing Garden, the atmosphere is “wonderful…just beautiful.”

Northwest Hospital Foundation’s mission is to enhance UPMC Northwest’s ability to provide high-quality care to the residents of the region it serves by making financial resources available to UPMC Northwest. Theresa Edder, Northwest Hospital Foundation executive director says, “The foundation is extremely proud to fund projects such as the Healing Garden that enhance the patient experience of those in the care of UPMC Northwest’s dedicated staff and physicians.” She adds, “It is very fulfilling to follow a project from inception to completion, and ultimately see the smiles on the faces of the patients it benefits.”

July
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Northwest Hospital Foundation executive director, Theresa Edder (right) presents a check for construction of a Healing Garden at the TCU/Rehab building to Nancy Pastorius, UPMC Northwest VP, extended care/rehab services (left).

Northwest Hospital Foundation recently approved funding for two projects that directly impact patients and families in the Family Birthing Center and TCU/Rehab units of UPMC Northwest.

The projects, totaling nearly $15,000, will provide a new Healing Garden for TCU/Rehab patients; as well as safe sleep instructional books for families of infants born in UPMC Northwest’s Family Birthing Center.

The Healing Garden project was developed in collaboration with the TCU/Rehab staff to facilitate an environment that would provide patients with a private outdoor garden to enjoy during their extended hospitalization in the Transitional Care or Rehabilitation Unit. The garden will provide raised vegetable and flower beds enabling patients to directly participate in the planting, watering and ongoing care of the garden, including harvesting vegetables that can then be used in meals prepared for the patients.

Tables and seating areas will be part of the garden, allowing patients and families to enjoy visits, including meals, in an outdoor setting with views of the wooded area surrounding the hospital grounds. Other activities for patients, such as games and exercise programs, can also be held in the area. Plans call for the Healing Garden to be located outside of the Rehab Unit’s dining area that currently has direct access to a side yard of the unit.

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Cheryl Siverling, unit director of UPMC Northwest’s Family Birthing Center (right), and Theresa Edder, Northwest Hospital Foundation executive director (left), review a book about safe sleep and SIDS prevention, funded by the Northwest Hospital Foundation, that will be presented to all families of infants born at the local hospital this year.

The Family Birthing Center has received Silver Safe Sleep Certification from the Pennsylvania Cribs for Kids organization and plans to expand their current education efforts to families about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) prevention and safe sleep procedures. The Family Birthing Center will provide Sleep Baby Safe and Snug board books, written by pediatrician Dr. John Hutton, to families of infants born at UPMC Northwest.

Safe Sleep is a concept developed in the 1990s by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to reduce the risk of SIDS. It is known that by sleeping on a firm surface, alone, and on their back every time, an infant’s risk of SIDS is reduced by more than 50%.

The Family Birthing Staff is committed to providing a safe sleep environment to the infants in their care at the Family Birthing Center and to provide comprehensive education to parents so they can continue the practice in their own homes.

Both of these projects directly reflect Northwest Hospital Foundation’s mission to enhance UPMC Northwest’s ability to provide high-quality care to the residents of the region it serves by making financial resources available to UPMC Northwest.

Theresa Edder, Northwest Hospital Foundation executive director states, “The foundation funds programs and activities that go above and beyond what is normally supported throughout the entire UPMC system, and we’re proud to be able to enhance the efforts of the staff and physicians to provide excellent care to patients and families at UPMC Northwest.”

June
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Northwest Hospital Foundation chairperson Denise Jones (left) welcomes the foundation’s new executive director, Theresa Edder (right), during a recent committee meeting.

Northwest Hospital Foundation chairperson Denise Jones (left) welcomes the foundation’s new executive director, Theresa Edder (right), during a recent committee meeting.

The first several months of 2015 have been eventful for Venango County’s local hospital foundation, most notably with a new identity. The Northwest Hospital Foundation name was adopted in January, and the changes have kept coming ever since.

Denise Jones, longtime Venango County chief clerk/county administrator assumed leadership in January, and along with working on developing a new identity for the local, non-profit organization that exclusively supports UPMC Northwest, the board began a search for a new executive director to replace retiring executive Roger McCauley.

“We are pleased to have our new executive director in place, and are extremely proud to introduce Theresa Edder to the community,” said Jones. “Theresa comes to us with many years of experience in local fundraising and mission development, and her local ties will benefit the foundation as we move forward to advance local healthcare at UPMC Northwest,” she said.

Edder holds both masters and bachelors’ degrees from Clarion University, and has served as director of alumni relations and the annual fund at Clarion University Foundation. She most recently held the position of director of mission advancement for WRC Senior Services. She shares her vision for the future by stating, “I embrace the challenge of introducing Northwest Hospital Foundation and its mission to our local community.” She adds, “UPMC Northwest’s reputation and long history in Venango County is well known and I am honored to lead the organization that supports the hospital, and my major goal is to grow the foundation and its reach within the community.”

Because Northwest Hospital Foundation benefits only UPMC Northwest, the board and foundation leadership work closely with hospital administration to determine the most effective allocation of funds. According to David Gibbons, UPMC Northwest president, “The foundation’s work in support of UPMC Northwest is incredibly valuable to the successful operation of our organization. A number of projects have been underwritten by the foundation, such as facility construction, acquisition of diagnostic equipment, as well as stroke and cancer week celebrations, and many more.” He adds, “I enthusiastically embrace the foundation’s mission and future direction, and welcome Theresa to her new position as Executive Director.” Gibbons states, “As healthcare continues to change not only locally but across the nation, we must find creative ways to provide high quality health care to the residents in our community, and Northwest Hospital Foundation assists us in that process, and will continue to do so moving forward.”

January
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Release #1Members of the current UPMC Northwest Foundation have been working diligently over the past year to determine the future course of the local, non-profit organization. Outgoing foundation board chair, Hope Bittner, shares that the foundation’s mission, and central core of all current and future efforts, remains the same: to enhance UPMC Northwest’s ability to provide high-quality health care for area residents. She reiterates that 100 percent of donations to the independent, locally-controlled foundation stay in the community and benefit only UPMC Northwest, adding, “Every year the foundation earmarks funds to assist patients who do not have the resources to pay their hospital expenses. Proceeds from recent years’ contributions have also been set aside for future equipment acquisitions, programs, services or other improvements at UPMC Northwest.”

Many changes are in store for the organization in 2015, including new leadership as Denise Jones, longtime Venango County chief clerk/county administrator, assumes the role of chairperson. Ms. Jones will lead the 16-person board of directors, including the newly-formed Foundation’s Futures Committee and PR and Marketing Committee, both of which were formed to steer the future direction of the organization, and to build a strong identity within the community. “I’m very pleased to announce that the board’s first order of business at our recent January meeting was voting unanimously to change our name to Northwest Hospital Foundation. This is the first step in the process of reintroducing the foundation and its important mission of supporting local health care services for the people of Venango County and surrounding communities”, said Ms. Jones.

She stresses that the community can expect to see this new and enhanced identity with increased visibility within the hospital and throughout the community, a new website and presence on social media as well as other marketing initiatives, all in an effort to solidify Northwest Hospital Foundations’ sole purpose of serving the interests of only UPMC Northwest, its patients, and those utilizing its services.

Along with the changes in board structure, the foundation will also see changes in its day-to-day leadership as Roger McCauley, veteran executive director, will retire in spring 2015 after having oversight of the foundation since 1996. “I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to serve in this capacity during a time when many changes have been seen in local health care delivery, including construction of a new hospital facility in Venango County. It has been extremely gratifying to witness the growth of not only the hospital, but also the foundation, and I am confident that the Northwest Hospital Foundation is poised for even greater success in the years to come,” shared Mr. McCauley.

Over the years, Northwest Hospital Foundation has provided monetary support for new medical equipment providing diagnostic testing and treatment services, community preventive health education programming, staff training and education, and assistance for patients unable to pay for their medical expenses. In addition, many construction projects have been underwritten in part by the foundation, including the UPMC Northwest hospital building and the TCU/Rehab unit, whose ten-year commitment alone totals three million dollars. The foundation also supports the hospital’s annual Stroke Awareness Week and Cancer Awareness Week celebrations for current and former patients and their families struggling with these illnesses.

For more information about the Northwest Hospital Foundation, contact 814-676-7920.