Northwest Hospital Foundation Board Members Donate Funds to Establish Clothing Fund for Patients in Need

Pictured left to right: Theresa Edder, Heidi Boitnott, and Trisha Rimpa.

On any given day, there are multiple patients who visit the UPMC Northwest Emergency Department and Behavioral Health Unit. Their reasons for being treated in these units range from experiencing routine symptoms to more severe illness or injury.

The Emergency Department staff began noticing with increased regularity that patients needed a change of clothes to return home, a situation that the patient or their family were not prepared for in many instances.

Whether patients are victims of sexual assault or have been in automobile or other traumatic accidents, the need to remove the patient’s clothing, sometimes ruining them in the process, is necessary to properly treat the patient.

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