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ALLFORGOOD FALL/WINTER 2018

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Development Message In today’s digital age—and as the holiday season approaches—we at Allegheny Health Network and Saint Vincent Hospital understand that you are being contacted by multiple organizations with equally important missions. For this reason, we start by saying “thank you.” You make Saint Vincent Hospital’s mission possible. Your generosity gives us the ability to touch and transform the lives of so many people in the Erie community. I am honored to highlight some of Saint Vincent Hospital’s newest initiatives: Christine Bowen Executive Director of Development, Saint Vincent Hospital

Your generosity gives us the ability to touch and transform the lives of so many people in the Erie community. IN THIS ISSUE 02 A dvocates For Your Cancer Care 04 Specialized Treatment 05 Community Impact 06 Research Partnership 07 D onor Spotlight 09 Ways To Give 10 Event Highlights

• In September, we placed the highest beam on the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute at Saint Vincent Hospital. The new, state-of-the-art cancer center, expected to be completed by the end of 2019, will provide the residents of Erie and its neighboring communities with a comprehensive level of cancer care that is unprecedented in the region. As part of the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, the new facility at Saint Vincent Hospital will provide a wide array of clinical and support services for cancer patients, including radiation oncology capabilities, medical oncology and infusion therapy, nutritional counseling, social services and access to clinical trials being coordinated by the network’s quaternary hospitals, Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital, as well as Johns Hopkins Hospital. •T he Allegheny Health Network Health + Wellness Pavilion East Side is set to open next spring. The facility will bring together comprehensive services in one convenient location, including primary care, specialty care for cardiology, orthopaedics, dermatology, and podiatry, as well as an urgent care center, rehabilitation, occupational medicine and laboratory services. • The Saint Vincent Hospital Women and Infants Center renovations are nearing completion. The fifth floor of the hospital has been remodeled to create a new center for the care of women and their babies. The Saint Vincent Hospital Women and Infants Center provides women diagnostics, breast and osteoporosis care, OB/GYN, gynecologic oncology, and maternal/ fetal medicine to women in one location. There are countless examples of ways in which philanthropic gifts have led to advancements in clinical care and expanded services for the benefit of our patients. It is my pleasure to welcome you to read the Fall/Winter edition of All For Good so you can see your support at work helping the Erie community to overcome challenges and live their best lives. From all of us at Allegheny Health Network, thank you. We could not do this without you.

Christine Bowen

Christine Bowen Executive Director of Development, Saint Vincent Hospital


ADVOCATES FOR YOUR CANCER CARE When and Where You Need it Most

Every once in a while, a medical professional or caregiver makes a lasting impression. Maybe they gave you great advice, helped you solve a problem, or just made you feel better. For Lori Firman, 43, it was more than that. She found an advocate, a doctor that went above and beyond the regular scope of care. Last fall, Lori was on vacation with her husband for their 15th wedding anniversary when she noticed some bloody nipple discharge. Her OB/GYN recommended a mammogram and ultrasound. Both came back with a clean slate, but her radiologist recommended that she see a breast surgeon because of the persistent discharge. When she met with Jennifer Saldanha, M.D., breast surgeon at Saint Vincent Hospital, in November, she didn’t expect to hear much, as her imaging came back negative. Within minutes of the exam, Dr. Saldanha felt two masses in Lori’s right breast, and one of them again expressed discharge. According to Lori, “Dr. Saldanha told me that there was less than a two percent chance that it was cancer, but that she recommended a biopsy prior to surgery. Biopsies aren’t typically performed at this point, but she insisted on it and

made sure it happened. When I think back, this was when I knew she was someone that was going to ensure I had the best care possible.” When Dr. Saldanha called her the next week regarding her results and asked her to come in, Lori knew something wasn’t right. Both masses came back positive for breast cancer. “She told me, ‘Lori, we caught this early, took action, and now we’re going to take care of it.’ As scared as I was, I knew I was in the right hands,” said Lori. The next step was an MRI to check to see if the cancer had spread to the other breast or the lymph nodes. When one of Lori’s lymph nodes showed signs of cancer, Dr. Saldanha scheduled a biopsy to confirm. Lori then saw a medical oncologist who recommended chemotherapy prior to surgery if the biopsy was positive for cancer to reduce the size of the lymph node and masses in Lori’s breast. Unsure of what to do, Lori sought a second opinion with a medical oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Continued on next page


03 | ADVOCATES FOR YOUR CANCER CARE

All of Lori’s clinicians were in agreement that if her lymph node biopsy was positive for cancer, Lori should pursue chemo; if not, surgery was recommended.

At the Cancer Institute, you can expect:

A team approach. Specialists work together to coordinate the most effective treatment plan. You will meet with your entire care team within three days of your diagnosis.

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Ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options. Our advanced treatment options include breast-conserving surgeries, precise radiation therapy, and targeted medical oncology like chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

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Quality breast care close to home. You don’t have to travel far to get the comprehensive care you need. You can focus your energy on your health, not on traveling.

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A dedicated navigation team. Our committed navigation team helps you and your family understand your options and assists with the logistics of planning your care. It also provides emotional support. Pre-surgery and rehab support. Our pre-surgery center offers physical therapy and educational support to make sure you are healthy before you have surgery. Our comprehensive rehab facility helps you make a full recovery, assisting with pain management and nutrition counseling.

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Thankfully, the biopsy came back negative and the surgery was successful. Dr. Saldanha did axillary lymph node staging and performed a bilateral mastectomy. Lori had reconstruction performed by the plastic surgeon on the same day. As a preventive measure, Lori opted for chemotherapy and completed her last round in April. Even after all she’s been through, Lori beams, “Dr. Saldanha was always one step ahead of me—taking care of me, scheduling my appointments, checking on me. She was such an advocate. It meant so much for me to stay in Erie and be cared for locally because of the expertise at Saint Vincent Hospital. She saved my life.”

Not only was Dr. Saldanha’s treatment entirely patient-focused, but she also took a proactive approach with Lori every step of the way, demonstrating the way patients deserve to be treated, day in and day out. If you would like to support the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute so they can continue to provide the highest quality care to patients like Lori in the communities where they live and work, please visit www.SupportAHN.org. You may choose to designate your gift to Oncology at Saint Vincent Hospital. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may feel overwhelmed and anxious about the next steps in your care. The Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute is here for you, from your first meeting with us through treatment and recovery. To learn more, visit www.CancerInstituteAHN.com.

Getting a high-quality screening mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early. Allegheny Health Network also offers 3D digital tomosynthesis mammography, an advanced screening technology that helps radiologists detect breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stages. WHY ARE BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS SO IMPORTANT? • Symptoms don’t typically appear until cancer has spread beyond the breast, when it is harder to treat. • It is the second most common cancer in the U.S. with at least 200,000 women diagnosed each year. HOW OFTEN ARE SCREENINGS NEEDED? According to the American Cancer Society: • Women age 40 to 44 should talk to their doctor about starting annual mammograms. • Women between 45 and 54 should be screened each year. • Women should do monthly, breast self-exams and tell their OB-GYN about any changes.


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25 Years of Specialized Treatment

Giving Children Affected by Trauma the Attention and Treatment They Need When Dr. Anthony Mannarino first moved to Pittsburgh 30 years ago, he was doing evaluations for the juvenile court system. Often times, he came into contact with youth that had suffered some form of abuse in their family systems. These children were not easily identified, and even if they were, the treatments to help them simply did not exist. It was clear to Dr. Mannarino that the situations of trauma he was seeing were not anomalies. In fact, according to the American Psychology Association, more than two thirds of children report experiencing a traumatic event by age 16.

According to Dr. Mannarino, the sooner patients can receive treatment, Out of a desire to better understand the the better. While many children are difficulties faced by traumatized children very resilient and able to bounce back and adolescents, Dr. Mannarino, along from trauma without developing any with Dr. Judith Cohen and Dr. Esther psychological disorder, there are significant Deblinger, set out to expand traditional minorities of youth that do develop serious cognitive behavioral methods by psychiatric or psychological problems after incorporating family therapy and using a trauma-sensitive approach in the therapy’s trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. application. This led to the development of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral Not only is that same population of theory (TF-CBT). children at risk for short-term problems, but they also face a higher risk of Flash forward to 2018. For 25 years, developing serious health problems Allegheny Health Network’s Center later in adolescence or adulthood, such for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents has served as both a clinical as cancer and heart disease. Without appropriate treatment, children are research center to develop effective more likely to develop high-risk lifestyle treatments for children and families, behaviors, such as smoking and drug and a clinical program to actually treat families exposed to trauma. “It’s the only one of its kind here,” Dr. Mannarino said. “There is no where else in the region where this specific population exposed to trauma is assessed.”

or alcohol abuse. In fact, some research suggests that with six or more adverse childhood experiences or traumas, a person’s lifetime can actually be shortened by up to 20 years. But for patients in our region, there is help. “If I had one message to share with a parent whose child has experienced a trauma, it would be one of immense hope,” Dr. Mannarino said. “Treatment for your child is out there and it is effective. There is no reason to believe your child cannot recover.” For more information on the Allegheny Health Network’s Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, visit www.ChildhoodTraumaAHN.com. To donate, visit www.SupportAHN.org.

There is no reason to believe your child cannot recover.


05 | COMMUNITY IMPACT

Minimally Invasive Surgeries Getting Athletes Back in the Game Allena White was an active teenager, with a busy schedule that included gymnastics, cheerleading, ballet, and soccer. Pretty typical for a 15-year-old, right? What wasn’t typical was the hip pain she constantly dealt with—a pain no one could seem to diagnose or rectify in any way. Over the years, Allena and her family consulted several experts for help— family doctors, physical therapists, specialists, chiropractors—and she was told it was simply growing pains and that she would benefit from stretching more. In her gut, Allena knew it was something much more serious and that she needed to find a permanent solution before the pain became any worse. “I was at the point where I had to stop doing what I loved because it hurt too much,” said Allena. “I gave up my spot on the cheerleading squad as a flyer (the top person in a stunt).” Allena’s mom, Marilyn, eventually sought the expertise of Jay Deimel, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Saint Vincent Hospital specializing in treatment of patients between the ages of 15-55 with hip-related conditions. According to Dr. Deimel, “Hip problems are commonplace, especially among active teenagers and adults. These problems can be both debilitating and extremely painful. When hip pain starts to inhibit your lifestyle—like Allena—it’s time to see a specialist.”

Dr. Deimel and his team diagnosed Allena with right hip pain from labral injury with hip instability (or looseness), and ordered an MRI. The scan confirmed a labral tear and she underwent surgery on January 4, 2018. The hip arthroscopy surgery was the first of its kind at Saint Vincent Hospital.

This was certainly the case for Allena.

During this minimally invasive procedure, a small camera is inserted into the hip joint through very small incisions. The “scope” returns images to a video monitor, allowing the surgeon to identify the source of the pain and guide tiny surgical instruments to correct the problem. An arthroscopic surgery causes less pain, requires a shorter recovery period and carries a reduced risk of infection.

Allena is happy to report that she is back to doing what she loves on the court, the field and the stage – pain-free.

“Hip arthroscopy is an excellent treatment option for the appropriate patient, especially for physically active people who are living with hip pain,” explains Dr. Deimel. “We’ve treated everyone from runners and dancers to football and water polo players. Most patients are fully recovered and back to their favorite activities within four to six months.”

“I was in so much pain before the surgery and now I feel like myself again,” said Allena. “I only wish we found Dr. Deimel and his team sooner—he went the extra mile to get to the bottom of the issue. I’ll be forever grateful.”

No matter what you do to stay active, it’s no fun missing out because of an injury. Using the latest treatment approaches, Allegheny Health Network’s teams of experts help patients regain strength and flexibility so they can quickly return to their favorite activity as soon as possible. For more information on how Allegheny Health Network’s Orthopaedic Institute is helping patients resume an active lifestyle, visit www.OrthoInstituteAHN.com. To donate, visit www.SupportAHN.org/SVH.


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Islet Cell Transplants: Where Team Work and Technology Shine Can you imagine your pancreas taking a trip to Pittsburgh without you? Well that’s exactly what happened to Joseph Chandler, 51, of Lexington, Ky.

complete and successful,” says Dr. Trucco. “We put the islets into the vein that supplies blood to the liver. The islets park in the liver, stay there and they do their job.”

Chandler was suffering from chronic pancreatitis, where inflammation in the pancreas interferes with digestion and is extremely painful. In removing the entire pancreas to eliminate the pain, the cell clusters that produce insulin (called islets or islet cells) are also eliminated. To avoid the consequent insurgence of iatrogenic diabetes, healthy islet cells would be extracted from the patient’s pancreas organ. Allegheny Health Network works with the Cleveland Clinic on these innovative auto-transplants.

Doctors who advance the boundaries of medicine are living proof that innovation can lead to a new purpose for failing organs and better health. At Allegheny Health Network’s Institute of Cellular Therapeutics, the islet cell isolation lab at Allegheny General Hospital is Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive lab of its type and one of only a few labs in the country doing this remarkable work. Of the more than 150 autotransplant procedures performed by members of Allegheny Health Network’s team, approximately 70 percent of the patients have had a physiologic or improved level of insulin production after being injected with the islets.

Surgeons at Cleveland Clinic removed a diseased pancreas from Chandler and sent the organ down the highway to Pittsburgh. Hours later, at the Allegheny Health Network islet cell isolation lab, Dr. Massimo Trucco, director of the institute, and his team extracted between 200,000 and 300,000 islet insulin-producing islets from Chandler’s diseased pancreas. They restored and placed the islet cells in an IV bag to make a return trip to Cleveland. Once back in Ohio, the healthy cells from a failing pancreas were injected into Chandler’s liver, which took over the job of producing insulin. “Once the patient doesn’t have a pancreas anymore, he or she is essentially diabetic until the transfusion of the islets is

For research purposes Allegheny Health Network also isolate islets from type 1 diabetic donors. This procedure, in particular, places it in a company of one. “Previously, it was taboo to try to isolate insulin-secreting cells from a type 1 diabetic donor because, by definition, the cells were supposed to be dead,” said Dr. Trucco. “But working together with Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida, we have found that you can, in fact, isolate and retrieve some alive insulin-producing cells from these organs. It’s a revolutionary discovery that promises to greatly increase the number of patients who might benefit from these results.”

For more information on the Allegheny Health Network’s Institute of Cellular Therapeutics, visit www.CellularTherapeuticsAHN.com.

To donate, visit www.SupportAHN.org/SVH


07 | DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Recovering From Brain Injuries: A Marathon, Not A Sprint Allegheny Health Network is pleased to offer the Neuroscience Institute at Saint Vincent Hospital to patients in the Erie community. The Neuroscience Institute is an innovative program of leading medical experts who provide advanced care to patients with the most complex neurosurgical disorders. Allegheny Health Network neurosurgeons are highly experienced at performing procedures safely and effectively for the treatment of all types of brain, spine, and neurosurgical conditions. In the case of many brain injuries, you may never be able to predict when you will need Allegheny Health Network’s renowned expertise in neuro care. Just ask Megan Kruth, a 2nd grade teacher and triathlete. On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Megan had no idea she was about to set out on a bike ride that would change her world forever. Riding with a close friend on a route they had taken countless times before, Megan hit a divot in the road sending her flying over her handlebars on a busy secondary road, less than five miles from her home. Megan doesn’t remember much, but she knows that her skull took the brunt of the fall. By the time she arrived to Allegheny General Hospital, Megan was unconscious and had slipped into a coma for the next 10 days. Doctors weren’t sure she’d survive the surgery to remove a bone flap from the skull to relieve building pressure that would require exposing the brain. But she did. Megan also survived four more cranial surgeries over the next year. All thanks to neurosurgeon Dr. Khaled Aziz. “Dr. Aziz is my hero,” Megan said. “The care that he gave me, the way he worked with my family to keep them informed… ‘Above and beyond’ seems cliché, but it’s exactly what Dr. Aziz did.”

One of her surgeries consisted of placing a customized synthetic implant in her head after the first bone flap became infected. According to Megan, the success of this procedure was due to seamless coordination between Dr. Aziz and plastic surgeon Dr. Michael White. “Because of the way they worked together,” Megan said, “you can’t even tell what happened.” Megan had been an athlete her entire life, competing on her college’s swim team and transferring that love of sports in her adulthood to triathlons. Having competed in seven half Ironman races and two full Ironman races, setting goals, training and building the determination to reach those goals were all pars for the course for Megan. The goal setting and motivation to succeed she learned from sports are probably the reason she has been able to come so far in her recovery—especially when she hit road blocks along the way. One of the many side effects of her brain injury is a hypersensitivity to noise. This was one example of how Allegheny Health Network stepped back in to help Megan tackle these new “hidden” problems that started appearing. Reflecting on her life before the accident, Megan realizes her outlook on goals and training is quite different now. “When I used to compete, I would think, ‘How hard can I train?’ or ‘How far can I push myself?’” Megan said. “Now I look at that so differently. When I did my first open water swim [in July 2017], my first thought was ‘How can I use this as a fundraiser to help people?’” And she did just that – Megan raised over $8,000 in 2017 for Allegheny Health Network patient healthcare services.


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Megan had to eventually accept that she could no longer keep teaching and she officially retired late last year. So for Megan, post-accident, her life is no longer centered on race times or lesson plans, but instead has taken on a totally new and deeper purpose. Now, Megan’s passions involve spreading awareness and encouraging education about brain injuries. While Megan plans to continue her swim fundraiser and volunteering at the hospital, she is also spreading support to families of those who have experienced brain injuries. Every year, on the anniversary of her accident, Megan brings family members in the Intensive Care Unit waiting room things that may comfort them in small ways – fleece blankets, pillows, toothbrushes, etc. – all items Megan’s mom, dad and sister suggested. Megan also includes notes of encouragement and advice: Take care of yourself too. Sometimes letting people help you is the hardest part. Use Allegheny Health Network as a resource to help guide you through this difficult time. Remember, it truly is a marathon, not a sprint. If anyone would know the difference between a marathon and a sprint, both literally and figuratively, it’s Megan Kruth. To give to the Allegheny Health Network Neuroscience Institute, visit www.NeuroscienceAHN.com.

Allegheny Health Network Neuroscience Institute

Although there will never be words to express the gratitude that I have, I feel it in my heart everyday.”

The Allegheny Health Network Neuroscience Institute provides patients who experience blunt force impacts and other traumatic injuries to the nervous system with the most advanced technologies and therapies. The goal is to maximize their chance of returning to a fully functional life. We unite experts from neurosurgery, neurology, trauma surgery and critical care, neuro-radiology, anesthesiology, sports medicine, nursing, clinical pharmacy and physical therapy to ensure that every patient has a comprehensive evaluation and the highest quality treatment plan.


09 | WAYS TO GIVE

Ways to Give When you give to Allegheny Health Network, your gift stays right here in our community – touching the lives of those you care about the most. Your gift helps advance the compassionate care, breakthrough treatments, and pioneering research at Allegheny Health Network. We are grateful to the many donors who have given so generously over the years, and we know that our patients and families will benefit greatly from your continued support.

Give today

An outright gift can help fund our immediate needs, support an upcoming project, or be restricted for a purpose. Donate today using the enclosed remittance envelope or give online at www.SupportAHN.org/SVH.

Pledge to make a gift over time

Many choose to pledge a gift today, and then fulfill that pledge in payments spread over a period of time. If you are interested in making a pledge, visit www.SupportAHN.org/SVH and select the“Pledge” option on the donation form.

Include us in your Estate or Financial Planning arrangements

A planned gift is any gift, given for any amount and for any purpose, which is made through estate or financial planning. To learn more, read our Planned Giving article below or visit www.PlannedGivingAHN.com.

Give your time

A gift of time is equally important and appreciated and can make an immeasurable impact on patients, families, and communities. To learn more about how to get involved, visit www.AHNvolunteer.com.

Share your story To learn more about ways to give, visit us on the web at www.SupportAHN.org/SVH.

One of the best ways to show your support is to share stories of excellent patient care. Your story influences people to give a firsthand account of how our hospitals and services help to make a positive impact. Visit www.AHNshareyourstory.com.

Planning Your Personal Legacy At Saint Vincent Hospital, your legacy matters. Any size donation will help enhance the lives of your community and your loved ones. Here are a few ways to consider including us in your estate or financial planning arrangements:

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Wills and Living Trusts

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Beneficiary Designations

A simple, flexible and versatile way to ensure we can continue our work for years to come is a gift in your will or living trust.

Naming Saint Vincent Hospital as a beneficiary to receive assets, such as retirement plans and life insurance policies, after you’re gone is simple. This approach is flexible because you aren’t locked into the choices you make today.

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Charitable Gift Annuities

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Charitable Lead Trust

A charitable gift annuity allows you to support our work now and we, in return, will pay you a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life. You can also receive a variety of tax benefits.

A charitable lead trust is a way to benefit from the tax savings that support Saint Vincent Hospital, while not giving up any assets that you’d like your family to receive someday. This approach creates income for Saint Vincent Hospital now, but also leaves benefits for your heirs later.

A planned gift can allow you to create a legacy of hope and fulfillment for future generations. If you have already included Saint Vincent Hospital in your long-range or estate plans, please let us know. If you or your financial advisor would like more information, please call 412.578.5287 or email Walter “Terry” Brown, VP of Development at Walter.Brown@ahn.org.


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | 10

5th Annual Golf Classic a Swinging Success! Nearly 300 golfers raised a record-breaking $427,270 at the 5th Annual Allegheny Health Network Golf Classic. The Allegheny Health Network Golf Classic was held at two of the Pittsburgh region’s most prestigious golf clubs, Allegheny Country Club and Sewickley Heights Golf Club. Presenting sponsors of the event were PNC, McKamish, Jefferson Regional Foundation, and Honeywell. Proceeds from the Allegheny Health Network Golf Classic support various programs, services, and needs throughout the Allegheny Health Network hospitals.

We thank those who came out to support our mission... “We are grateful to those individual, community and corporate partners whose outstanding generosity directly impacts the programs and services provided to our patients,” said Allie Quick, Chief Philanthropy Officer. “We are excited to celebrate a fundraising record and, most importantly, we thank all those who came out to support our mission of improving health and promoting wellness in our communities, one person at a time.”

2nd Annual “A Night Under the Stars” Gala Raises $3.7 Million Allegheny Health Network’s second annual “A Night Under the Stars” Gala was another roaring success, raising more than $3.7 million. Proceeds from the sold out gala will directly support nursing and caregiver educational programs, clinical research, LifeFlight emergency services, and other key initiatives aimed at providing patients leading-edge care and an exceptional experience. Nearly 650 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment by The Elite Show Band, LUXE Creative, and Pyrotecnico, all at PNC Park. Emcee Bob Pompeani from KDKA-TV and Cynthia Hundorfean, President & CEO of

Allegheny Health Network, led guests through a brief program which highlighted Allegheny Health Network’s clinical excellence and featured two patients who shared their successful care journeys. The event was co-chaired by representatives from presenting sponsors, including Greg Jordan, EVP, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group; Bob Nutting, Chairman, Pittsburgh Pirates; and Morgan O’Brien, President and CEO, Peoples Natural Gas.


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NOVEMBER

SAVE THE DATE On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, millions of people around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. Join the movement by supporting Saint Vincent Hospital.

UPCOMING EVENTS Saint Vincent Hospital’s 34th Annual Festival of Trees will be coming to the Bayfront Convention Center from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25. Festival of Trees is a community tradition featuring a gallery of uniquely decorated trees, local entertainment, live reindeer, holiday displays, and six rooms from Santa’s castle filled with activities for children to explore. With the help of generous sponsors, the 2018 annual Festival of Trees will benefit both Saint Vincent Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. Special thank you to our sponsors. For more information visit www.FestivalOfTreesSVH.com. If you would like additional information about supporting our programs or research, please contact please contact Christine Bowen, Director of Development. 814.452.5961

cbowen@svhs.org

Saint Vincent Hospital’s Crystal Ball will be coming to the Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Save the date for this remarkable event, including both a reception and dinner. All proceeds will benefit Saint Vincent Hospital. Special thank you to our generous sponsors. For more information visit www.CrystalBallSVH.com.