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2014 Dignity and Respect Award

Karyn Sulit, a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), won the Dignity and Respect Champion for 2014 at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. This award is given to only one person per UPMC Business Unit each year to someone who: Promotes excellence in the workplace by fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes and… Read more »

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

By Kishore Vellody, Medical Director, Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution declaring October as National Down Syndrome Awareness month.  Thirty years later, we continue to celebrate the lives of people with Down syndrome every October and bring awareness to what people… Read more »

Pertussis Vaccines for Expecting Mothers: Protecting the Health of Newborn Babies

By Dr. Sharon Cowden, CCP–Pittsburgh Pediatrics; Dr. Mark Diamond, CCP–South Hills Pediatric Associates; and Dr. Mike Green, Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital Pregnant women should get the pertussis vaccine (commonly known as whooping cough vaccine) during the third trimester of pregnancy, regardless of whether they have had it previously, according to the Centers for Disease Control… Read more »

Down Syndrome Prenatal Education Act (“Chloe’s Law”) Passed

By Kishore Vellody, Medical Director, Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC On July 18, 2014, a Pennsylvania law was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett requiring that a mother who receives a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome be given information about the condition.   As medical director of the Down Syndrome… Read more »

World Breastfeeding Week

By: Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM This week is World Breastfeeding Week and August is National Breastfeeding Month! Most people know that breastmilk feeding is “good for babies”, but breastfeeding is far more than nutrition for infants. Breastfeeding is ESSENTIAL for maternal health, infant health and development, and society. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends… Read more »