Medical Play – Letting Patients Be In Control

By Beth Moneck, MS, Certified Child Life Specialist, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC In celebration of Child Life Month in March, we wanted to share one of the many patient support interventions our certified child life specialists do here at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC: Medical Play. Medical play is a therapeutic intervention,… Read more »

Running for a Reason

By Merel Duursma, Children’s Hospital patient and Cancer Survivor Nobody thinks anything bad will happen to them until the worst happens. At least, that’s how I imagine my parents felt the day they were told their 7-year-old had cancer. I was in first grade when I failed the annual spring school vision screening. I visited… Read more »

I’ll have the number #4 combo or who has time for family meals?!

By: Ann Condon-Meyers, RD, LDN, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Spring is finally on its way. As the slow, gloomy days of winter recede, spring emerges as the time of year when our lives seem to speed up. Thoughts about time, plus the fact that March is National Nutrition Month, give me the chance… Read more »

Remembering an Informatics Pioneer and Compassionate Friend

By G. Daniel Martich, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, UPMC James Edward (Jim) Levin M.D., Ph.D., chief medical information officer of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 10.  As the song goes, “Only the good die young.”   Jim was more than good–he was a great person!  And, at 54, he was… Read more »

Learning about Healthy Teen Relationships

By Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC  February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The numbers are shocking. ● One in three women will be hurt physically or sexually by an intimate partner in their lifetime; often the abusive relationships start in adolescence. ● One in… Read more »