Advancing the Health of All in Our Community
With special emphasis on assisting those in financial need and vulnerable populations, Passavant Hospital Foundation raises funds for the latest in medical technology and equipment at UPMC Passavant, to support excellence in patient care. But the Foundation serves the health of ALL in our community in many more ways, notably:
- Presenting health education seminars, free for everyone in the community, featuring experts in their specialties
- Offering support groups for families affected by a loved one’s addiction
- Forming community partnerships for impact on health issues affecting us all
The Foundation supports UPMC Passavant through departmental grantmaking. For 2015 the Foundation announced 34 grants to hospital departments totaling $405,016, for technology, equipment and programs which improve patient diagnosis, treatment, care, comfort and safety. This investment of funds was a collaborative effort with the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary and the hospital itself, so that all departmental requests were met.
Projects funded range from high- to low-tech. A Foundation grant allowed the purchase of a $75,000 "robot" that destroys viruses and bacteria with ultraviolet light. Another grant purchased 31 wheelchairs so that each rehab patient has a dedicated chair, increasing therapy time.
Another department grant funded new software that significantly decreases the amount of radiation that cardiac patients receive in their computed tomography (CT) studies, while at the same time improving the pictures the radiologists see. The new software permits a noninvasive diagnostic study that can be an alternative to cardiac catherization, thus eliminating that invasive procedure for certain patients. The study still uses ionizing radiation as part of image acquisition. But the new technology allows doctors to image the heart only during a specific part of the cardiac cycle when the heart is not contracting, and turns off the radiation for the remainder of the cycle, decreasing the patient’s radiation dose significantly, as much as 50%. This is particularly important when patients require repeated studies. This new technology was made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor through Passavant Hospital Foundation which granted $40,450 for the software purchase.
Another grant provided lifts, walkers, transport stretchers and other specialized equipment for bariatric patients.
UPMC Passavant employees with a request for funding for technology, equipment or programming to improve patient diagnosis, treatment, comfort and /or safety may call the Foundation for an application 412-748-6640.
The Foundation hosts conferences open to both the public and professionals with the goals of educating community members and providing continuing education for clinicians, all free of charge. Summaries of many of the presentations are below for viewing at your convenience. You can view video of some of the presentation our our YouTube channel.