Outreach Programs 

Passavant Hospital Foundation advances the health and wellness of our community through educational seminars and special community initiatives

Health Education

The Foundation’s outreach improves our community’s health through presentations by knowledgeable health professionals. Last year the Foundation provided 87 seminars reaching 7,047 people. Most sessions were led by UPMC Passavant physicians, therapists and others who are experts in their fields. Our general outreach programs are FREE and open to ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS -- please join us! Visit our Calendar for the titles, dates and times of upcoming presentations.

If you are interested in hosting programming at your congregation, school or business contact us at 412-748-6640.

Community Partnerships

CPR training for middle-schoolersIn cooperation with the American Heart Association and six local school districts the Foundation is funding CPR training for all area middle schoolers. Why is this grant vital to the health of our community?  Ninety-four percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before ever reaching the hospital. Nearly 80 percent of all sudden cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member or loved one. Brain death begins in as little as four minutes. Every minute without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 7 to 10 percent.  

Victims of sudden cardiac arrest must rely on those around them for lifesaving CPR. Those who learn CPR have the ability and confidence to help family, friends, and neighbors and “buy time” until first responders arrive. Middle school students in the following districts are being trained:  Hampton, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley and Shaler Area. 

Kearns Hospitality

Working with Crisis Center North and UPMC Passavant’s Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, Passavant Hospital Foundation is funding specialized training for local police to aid in identifying the most dangerous domestic violence situations and the most appropriate law enforcement response.

Partnering with the Baierl Family YMCA and the UPMC Passavant Heart and Vascular Institute, the Foundation is helping to underwrite cardiac rehab maintenance for individuals who otherwise could not afford to participate in appropriate supervised exercise after release from hospital-based rehab. 

At the Kearns Spirituality Center a gift from the Foundation helps the Center house families from out of town who cannot afford to stay at a hotel while a loved one is hospitalized. Last year patients from 30 states traveled to UPMC Passavant for care. The Kearns Hospitality program provides accommodations for 30-40 families each year.

Injury Prevention

The Injury Prevention Program at UPMC Passavant aims to reduce preventable injuries and death by educating the public on safety tips. It is funded in part by Passavant Hospital Foundation and presented free of charge to schools and organizations. 

Bicycle and Helmet Safety

Hance Elementary Bike Helmet event

This program teaches children bicycle safety and the importance of wearing a helmet through a child-friendly PowerPoint presentation and activity pages. Important facts:

  • Children 14 and under are five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle-related crash
  • 70 percent of fatal bicycle crashes involve head injuries
  • 20 percent of bike riders wear a helmet
  • Wearing a helmet can lower the chances of head and brain injuries by up to 88 percent

Teen Safe Driving and Alcohol Awareness

This program teaches teens about the danger and consequences of alcohol abuse and unsafe driving practices, and how poor choices impact an entire community. The information is presented in a Powerpoint presentation covering:

  • Unsafe driving habits
  • Seat belt use
  • Speeding and distractions
  • Alcohol misuse and binge drinking

In addition, a video can be shown depicting a crash involving alcohol, necessary emergency medical treatment and how many people are affected by these events.

Stand Strong For Life Senior Adult Safety

This presentation teaches older adults how to safely live on their own through a PowerPoint presentation including:

  • Factors that increase the risk of falling and ways to reduce it
  • Reviewing medications
  • Checking vision, feet, and footwear
  • Maintaining home safety

These programs are led by Donna Galbraith RN, BSN, CEN and Jeanmarie Daughtery, RN, CEN Senior Level Professional Nurses in the UPMC Passavant Emergency Department. For more information, or to schedule a program call 412-748-3266.

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The Legacy Music Series

Legacy Music SeriesThe Legacy Music Series is music performed by talented volunteer musicians in the lobby at UPMC Passavant McCandless. The series provides a pleasant diversion during difficult times for patients and families. Talented musicians of all ages who want to volunteer their time to give the gift of music can call Passavant Hospital Foundation at 412-748-6640 or click here for the volunteer application.

Approved musicians are scheduled through the Volunteer Services office at the hospital.  

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