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July 24, 2017 News Headlines

Waynesburg woman with cystic fibrosis gets fourth transplant surgery
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 21, 2017
… But getting a kidney transplant — particularly a living kidney donation transplant, which performs better and lasts longer than deceased kidney transplants — means that Morgan Yoney can “get back a normal life,” said Amit Tevar, UPMC’s director of kidney and pancreas transplants. …

Woman Gives Daughter Second Chance At Life By Donating Kidney
Source: KDKA
July 21, 2017
… “Due to the immunosuppression as well as the two lung transplants, her kidney has also failed,” said Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplants at UPMC Dr. Amit Tevar. …

Woman undergoes fourth transplant, receives kidney from mother
Source: WPXI-TV
July 21, 2017
A woman received a kidney from her mother after going through a double lung transplant last year. …

Morgan Yoney receives new kidney from the ultimate donor — her mom
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 21, 2017
… Now 23, Morgan's fought through it all with a positive spirit, flashing her smile for reporters Friday during a news conference at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland, where the most recent transplant took place. ...

Morgan Yoney receives life-saving kidney donation from her mother
Source: Observer-Reporter
July 21, 2017
Tammy Yoney, left, of Spraggs, and her 23-year-old daughter, Morgan Yoney, wait in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for kidney transplant surgery Tuesday morning. Tammy donated her kidney to Morgan, who had a double-lung transplant in December. …

Erie hospitals pleased with Regional Cancer Center changes
Source: Erie Times News
July 23, 2017
Patients will have access to those trials regardless of their health insurance, and they will still have access to trials through the UPMC Cancer Centers, which manages the Cancer Center, Keyes said. …

Jameson fully connects with UPMC technology
Source: New Castle News
July 22, 2017
Using technology connectivity, UPMC Jameson hopes to provide patients and staff with an easily accessible snapshot of care. …

UPMC, Butler Health enter joint OB/GYN venture
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 21, 2017
UPMC and the Butler Health System on Friday announced a joint obstetric and gynecological care venture for patients in the Butler area. …

UPMC, Butler Health ink joint agreement for obstetric and gynecological care
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 21, 2017
UPMC and Butler Health System announced Friday they have joined to form a joint venture for obstetric and gynecological care that will provide Butler-area patients with greater access to UPMC research and clinical expertise. …

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center continues string of making 'Most Wired' list
Source: Patient Daily
July 23, 2017
In a survey completed by almost 700 participants, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) was named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” heath systems by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, continuing their 19-year streak with the title. …

Highmark seeks 20% rate increase for ACA participants
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 22, 2017
Health care giants Highmark and UPMC Health Plan are fighting for market share in Pennsylvania, with each losing millions of dollars on Obamacare in 2016 and UPMC preparing for an ambitious reach into eastern Pennsylvania. …

Highmark's Obamacare rates could jump up to 24 percent in 2018
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 21, 2017
… UPMC Health Plan chief actuary John Wisniewski said the increases account for medical inflation and other factors, including the return of a health plan tax of about 3 percent that the ACA suspended for the first years of the marketplace, which launched in 2014. …

Highmark Leads the Way In Boosting Obamacare Insurance Rates
Source: KDKA
July 21, 2017
… In contrast, UPMC Health filed for the lowest increase — zero percent. …

Depression in Heart Attack Survivors is Common, Often Untreated
Source: KDRV
July 23, 2017
… Successful approaches have involved "packages of care," rather than individual services, said Dr. Bruce Rollman, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

Many are in despair, social media isn't the answer
Source: Post Bulletin
July 21, 2017
… "It's social media, so aren't people going to be socially connected?" asked Brian Primack, who co-authored a study on social media's impact at the University of Pittsburgh. …


Textbook-Rewriting Discovery Could Help Predict the Next Influenza Pandemic
Source: Gizmodo
July 21, 2017
… A collaboration between the labs of University of Pittsburgh researchers Nara Lee and Seema Lakdawala took a look at the shape of that viral genome and found an unexpected arrangement of genetic material that could require some textbook rewrites, and may help model the next pandemic strain. …

In an Evolving Threat Landscape, Healthcare IT Security Leaders Face the Growing Challenge of IoT Devices
Source: Healthcare Informatics
July 21, 2017
… “It seems like I read new headlines very day about the latest cyber attack targeting health institutions, many of which have involved IoMT devices,” Rasu Shrestha, M.D., chief innovation officer at UPMC and executive vice president at UPMC Enterprises, who moderated the webinar, said during the presentation. …

Venezuelan deported for tax fraud involving hacked UPMC IDs
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 21, 2017
A woman from Venezuela was deported Friday after she admitted that she was among a group of conspirators who filed bogus U.S. tax returns using employee identifications stolen from UPMC's internal computer system. …

Dale Earnhardt Jr. feels Michael Oher's pain
Source: ESPN
July 22, 2017
… Earnhardt talked to Oher in February as both were being treated by doctors at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in Pittsburgh. …

Textbook-Rewriting Discovery Could Help Predict the Next Influenza Pandemic
Source: Gizmodo
July 21, 2017
… A collaboration between the labs of University of Pittsburgh researchers Nara Lee and Seema Lakdawala took a look at the shape of that viral genome and found an unexpected arrangement of genetic material that could require some textbook rewrites, and may help model the next pandemic strain. …

Investing in the Health of Moms and Babies
Source: Susquehanna Health
July 21, 2017
… Natalie McCullen, RN, BSN, IBCLC is a lactation consultant with The Birthplace at UPMC Susquehanna. ...

UPMC Susquehanna purchases retail location in Clinton County
Source: Bloomsburg Press Enterprise
July 23, 2017
UPMC Susquehanna has purchased a three-building retail plaza in McElhattan. A press release says the property will be used to “provide residents of Clinton County and the surrounding areas convenient access to health care services.” …
 
UPMC Susquehanna recognizes exceptional student volunteer
Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette
July 24, 2017
Lauren Bleistein, of Milton, recently was recognized as the recipient of a $500 VolunTEEN Scholarship presented by UPMC Susquehanna…

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