About St. Clair
About St. Clair
St. Clair Physician Developing Pain-Free Surgery Recovery
St. Clair Dietician Comments on New Study Linking the Consumption of Nuts to a Longer Life
Multi-Year Contract Agreement Between St. Clair Hospital and Highmark Health System
St. Clair Selected as 'Most Wired' Hospital
Refugees Treated to Community Health Screening
St. Clair Hospital Opens New Outpatient Center in Peters Township
Medical Malls Gaining Popularity, Discussed by St. Clair Chief Medical Officer
St. Clair Dermatologist Discusses Treatment Options for Adult Acne
St. Clair Dermatologist Discusses Correlation Between Tattoos and Skin Cancer
St. Clair Dietician Discusses Study Which Links Some Foods as Pain Fighters
St. Clair Cardiologist Answers Which Kinds of Male Pattern Baldness are Linked with Heart Disease
St. Clair Sleep Specialist Addresses Whether More Sleep Equals Weight Loss
St. Clair Dietician Lends Expert Opinion on Moms' Petition to Rid Dye from Kraft Mac n' Cheese
St. Clair's Stephen Colodny, M.D. discusses The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's warning for bacteria resistant to a class of antibiotics.
Deadly, mostly untreatable bacteria on rise at nation’s nursing homes, hospitals, CDC warns
St. Clair Leading the Way to New Health Care Delivery Paradigm
Cooling Is Key To Protecting Organs After Prolonged CPR
Flu Hits Area with Storm of Symptoms
St. Clair's New Year's Baby
Some Still Getting Sick Despite Flu Vaccine
St. Clair Emergency Room Doctor Discusses Flu Season and Flu Shots
Dr. Budway - New Tamoxifen Guidelines for Breast Cancer
St. Clair Dietician lends expert opinion on Consumer Reports' testing of pork
Leapfrog Group gives St. Clair Hospital Top Rating For Safety
KDKA Report - Three Sisters Battle Breast Cancer
WTAE Report - St. Clair ER Doctor Weighs In On Energy Drink Study
KDKA Report - St. Clair Orthopedic Surgeons on Big Ben's Rare Injury, Recovery Time
St. Clair Acquires South Hills Cardiology
Comprehensive Breast Care Center Opens In Bethel Park
KDKA Report Featuring St. Clair Cancer Care Specialist - Study: Aspirin Shows Promise In Cancer Prevention
Summer Swing Benefits St. Clair Hospital Foundation
St. Clair Hospital Is Named Among The Nation’s ‘100 Most Wired’ Hospitals
Father Delivers Baby Along Side of the Road Before Being Transported to St. Clair
Dr. G. Alan Yeasted appointed Governor of the Pennsylvania Western Chapter of the American College of Physicians
St. Clair Hospital Named One of the Top 100 Hospitals in the United States
St. Clair Receives Patient Impact Award
Is Black Pepper a Fat Figher?
St. Clair Hospital on WQED-TV - Post-Partum Depression
Construction Underway at Peters Twp. Outpatient Center
Things to Watch Out For When Choosing Healthy Foods
Parents Urged to Help Crackdown on Childhood Obesity
St. Clair's Manager of the Sleep Disorders Center & Respiratory Care lends expertise
Cancer Center Expands
Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2012
#Tweet2Help Twitter Campaign
St. Clair Hospital Uses Social Media to Raise Funds for South Hills Interfaith Ministries
St. Clair ER Recognized with Prestigious Awards
St. Clair wins two awards within 3 weeks for excellence in the ER
News From the Family Birth Center
Couple Welcomes Twins at St. Clair on Historic Date
St. Clair Hospital 'Nursery Nation' Featured in ESPN Commercial
Electronic Health Records
St. Clair Hospital successfully demonstrates meaningful use of electronic health records.
Q & A With Breast Cancer Doctor
October 22, 2011
Hospital Receives A+ Financial Rating
September 22, 2011 - Fitch Rating Affirms A+ for St. Clair
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St. Clair Dedicates Infusion Center
July 14, 2011 - St. Clair Hospital Opens Sipe Infusion Center
Robosurgeon: St. Clair acquires robotic device for minimally invasive surgery
June 3, 2011 - Techology moves to the suburbs
St. Clair dietitian lends expertise
June 2, 2011 - Government Food Pyramid Replaced By Plate
Surgeons at St. Clair Hospital using the latest technology, the da Vinci Si Surgical System
April 25, 2011 - da Vinci System Brings Next Generation Robotic-Assisted Surgery to St. Clair Hospital
St. Clair Cardiologist, Jeffrey Friedel, M.D., explains the radial heart catheterization procedure
March 9, 2011 - Radial Heart Catheterizations Becoming More Popular
Visit St. Clair Hospital's 'Nursery Nation'
January 29, 2011 - Steeler Nation Welcomes New Arrivals - Chicago Tribune
January 31, 2011 - Super Bowl: Terrible towels bring extra layer of absorbency to Pittsburgh newborns - Washington Post
February 3, 2011 - Newborns don Steelers Attire at St. Clair Hospital - The Almanac
February 4, 2011 - CNN - Gotta Watch: Super Bowl Edition
Baby Zachary Larkin was the first baby born at St. Clair Hospital's Family Birth Center in 2011
Jauary 13, 2011 - Signal Item
GPS-Like Medical Device Guides Physicians To Hard-To-Reach Areas Of The Lungs
November 12, 2010 - KDKA
September 28, 2010 - iLogic Inreach System Aids Diagnosis
Region's newest state-of-the-art operating rooms to serve increasing patient volume
September 16, 2010 - New St. Clair Operating Rooms Debut
St. Clair Hospital Earns High Marks for Patient Satisfaction
August 9, 2010 - St. Clair Hospital's Emergency Department Named No. 1 ED in the USA
New Unit Treating Patients More Efficiently
August 5, 2010 - St. Clair Opens Observation Unit
St. Clair Hospital Doctor Responds to Weight Loss Study
August 3, 2010 - Study: Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat
Hospital Leads Region in EHR Integration
July 22, 2010 -St. Clair Spearheads Unique IT Collaboration
Chain of Response Saves Man's Life
June 24, 2010 - Patient reunites with those responsible for saving his life
St. Clair Chief Information Officer Wins Award
June 18, 2010 - Richard J. Schaeffer awarded the 2010 Way-Paver for Barcode Point-of-Care
St. Clair is a recipient of the 2010 HAP Achievement Award
May 19, 2010 - St. Clair wins prestigious award for improved patient safety
St. Clair Physician Wins PCACEP Award
May 5, 2010 - Dr. Christopher DeLuca named Emergency Physician of the Year
Study: Women More Likely To Die After Heart Attack
March 18, 2010 - St. Clair Hospital Cardiologist Responds to Study
Local Man's Rare Illness Gains National Attention
March 11, 2010 - Patient's rare disease subject of Discovery Health Channel episode
February 10, 2010 - How Does Hospital Prepare for Storm
February 10, 2010 - Paralyzing snow prompts activation of Emergency Operation Center
February 9, 2010 - Cardiologist Provides Advice on Snow Shoveling
February 8, 2010 - Hazards of Snow Shoveling
St. Clair Hospital Announces Purchase of Property in Peters Township
January 6, 2010 - Hospital to construct new medical office building.
St. Clair Takes 1st Place in Hospital Care-Team Awards
November 18, 2009 - St. Clair Hospital won first place in the annual Fine Awards for cutting the average wait of patients in the emergency room by a half hour during the past year.
Cuban Physicians Visit St.Clair
November 5, 2009 - Implementaion of Toyota principles gains iternational attenetion.
New Operating Rooms Planned
October 22, 2009 - St. Clair Hospital to add new state-of-the-art operating rooms.
Manufacturing Principles Meet Medical Care
October 16, 2009 - Toyota model transforms St. Clair Hospital ER.
Mystery Disease Diagnosed
October 15, 2009 - St. Clair Hospital patient to be featured on Discovery Health Channel's "Mystery Diagnosis."
Cribs for Kids
September 3, 2009 - Newborn leaves behind a cherished legacy.
Lobby Transformation Redefines Patient and Visitor Experience
July 15, 2009 - St. Clair Hospital has transformed the Fourth Floor Lobby area to better reflect the Hospital’s quality care and to provide an unparalleled patient and visitor experience. The renovated area features Café 4, a Gift Shop and the newly dedicated Dunlap Conference Center.
Hospital and Healthsystem Association Bestows Two Awards Upon St. Clair Hospital
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has named St. Clair Hospital as a dual winner in HAP’s 2009 Achievement Awards Program.
The hospital’s winning entries in the annual awards program were submitted under the categories of patient care and operational excellence. The patient care entry was entitled “Achieving American College of Cardiology Guidelines for Management of Patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infaction” and was prepared by Shawn Balaschak, R.N., BSN, manager, Cardiac Catheterization Lab. St. Clair’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab is recognized as having the fastest “Door-To-Balloon” time of all hospitals in southwestern Pennsylvania that treat heart attack victims with balloon angioplasty, a procedure in which physicians use a small balloon to reopen blocked heart arteries, restoring blood flow, preserving precious heart muscle, and, ultimately, saving lives.
The operational excellence entry was entitled “Improving Patient Flow in the Emergency Department Using Toyota-Based Methods” and was prepared by David Kish, R.N., BSN, executive director, Emergency Services and Patient Logistics. St. Clair’s newly expanded Emergency Department (ED) has developed a reputation throughout its service area for treating patients with speed and quality. The ED is ranked in the top 5 percent of all “like-sized” EDs in the nation for patient satisfaction, according to Press Ganey, a national research firm that measures customer satisfaction for hospitals throughout the country.
HAP said it named St. Clair’s two entries as award winners for thoroughly and successfully demonstrating the Hospital’s innovation, creativity and commitment to patient care. The Achievement Awards Program is designed to showcase hospital and health system best practices in selected areas and receives entries from institutions throughout the commonwealth.
HAP officials said they will honor St. Clair for its winning entries at a formal recognition ceremony at the Hospital and will post the entries on HAP’s Web site, www.haponline.org.
St. Clair Hospital's Innovative and Entrepreneural Spirit Spurs New Development
St. Clair Hospital developed a high-tech software company that eventually was acquired by a multi-billion dollar global pharmaceutical and medication delivery company. Embracing technology to enhance patient care has been part of the Hospital's strategy for many years.
St. Clair Hospital Designated a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care
April 22, 2009 - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has designated St. Clair Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care.
The designation serves as formal recognition that St. Clair has met or exceeded the eligibility criteria that demonstrate reliability in delivering cardiac care and better overall outcomes for patients.
“Highmark analyzes data received from Medicare, the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons to determine if a facility meets the Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care national standards,” said Lucy Shoupp, Administrative Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, at St. Clair. “This is an evaluation of the medical and surgical cardiac care programs. It is a testimony to our physicians’ and clinicians’ commitment to excel in providing knowledgeable and safe cardiac care.”
A Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care offers comprehensive cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization (including percutaneous coronary interventions or PCI) and cardiac surgery (including coronary artery bypass graft surgery or CABG).
“At one time, patients would say that St. Clair cardiac services were the best kept secret in town,” Lucy said. “This designation by Highmark for the second consecutive year unlocks that secret for all to know.”
In determining the selection criteria for Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association collaborates with physician experts and medical organizations such as the American College of Cardiology and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Dr. Karl E. Bushman Given Physician Recognition Award
April 3, 2009 – St. Clair Hospital has bestowed its 2009 Physician Recognition Award to Karl E. Bushman, M.D. of Mt. Lebanon Internal Medicine. He has been practicing at St. Clair Hospital since 1993. Dr. Bushman earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University in Boston.
Hospital snack shop making way for updated Cafe 4
St. Clair Hospital Nurse Manager Takes Prestigious Award
February 20, 2009 – The Allegheny division of the American Heart Association has bestowed its first Mary Ann Scully Excellence in Nursing Award to Linda L. Vance, nurse manager in the Coronary Care Unit at St. Clair Hospital.
The award was given to Vance – a 40-year veteran of St. Clair who helped found the Coronary Care Unit at the 329-bed Mt. Lebanon hospital – for her lifetime commitment to cardiac nursing; quality and compassionate patient care; exemplary commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association; a commitment to continued education and teaching; and outstanding leadership in the nursing field.
Vance serves as a conduit between the American Heart Association and her nurses by regularly sharing the AHA’s best practices in cardiac care, leading to improved treatments and, ultimately, better patient outcomes.
The award was named after the late Mary Ann Scully, R.N. who worked for 35 years in cardiac nursing at the former Presbyterian University Hospital in Oakland and was very active in the American Heart Association.
Vance, who resides in Upper St. Clair, will be feted at the American Heart Association’s Pittsburgh Heart Ball on February 28.
St. Clair Hospital Opens Region’s Newest Emergency Room
Reduced wait times and increased capacity will benefit patients
December 17, 2008 – St. Clair Hospital today marked the official opening of its new $13.5 million Emergency Room, typically the busiest ER in southwestern Pennsylvania with more than 50,000 patient visits each year.
Almost double in size, the new ER houses 46 state-of-the-art treatment rooms capable of handling up to 80,000 patient visits a year. By implementing industry-inspired process engineering production techniques and advanced technologies, patient wait times – the number one cause of emergency department overcrowding and patient dissatisfaction in hospitals throughout the greater Pittsburgh area and the nation – are expected to be greatly reduced, if not eliminated.
The number of emergency room visits at St. Clair continues to rise due to expanded clinical programs, and a diverse service area that includes a growing senior population and the burgeoning suburbs of southern Allegheny and northern Washington counties.
“Greatly expanding our ER is a direct response to the needs of the community,” said James M. Collins, president and chief executive officer, St. Clair Hospital. “The new ER is much more than just an expansion in square footage. St. Clair has truly redefined how it delivers emergency care and the patient experience throughout the Hospital. The new ER is the latest example of our commitment to provide state-of-the-art care, close to home.”
Designed to make the patient experience as comfortable and as efficient as possible, the number of treatment rooms in the ER has been increased to 46 from 20. The ER is filled with the most advanced health care technology, all smartly housed in a less clinical atmosphere designed to have a calming effect on patients and families alike. Each room is equipped with cardiac monitoring capabilities. The 46 treatment rooms include:
- 31 acute adult;
- Six pediatric-equipped;
- Three behavioral and mental health; and
- Six “Fast Track,” for patients with minor illnesses and injuries.
The ER is staffed by board-certified physicians, physician assistants, certified registered nurse practitioners, a nursing staff specially trained in Emergency Medicine, technicians, and 24/7 pediatric care.
$1.5 million of the new ED’s $13.5 million pricetag was a generous gift donated by the Rossin Family Foundation in memory of Peter C. Rossin. Ada Rossin, the wife of the late Mr. Rossin, attended the dedication ceremony and called the new ED “a wonderful addition to St. Clair Hospital and an important expansion of life-saving health care services to the people of the South Hills.” Peter C. Rossin was founder, chairman and CEO of Washington, Pa.-based Dynamet and is perhaps best remembered for his charitable contributions to the community.
$500,000 of construction costs was paid for by a grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, an initiative of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Federal funding of $487,000 from the Omnibus Appropriations Bill also was applied to the cost of construction.
The new ED includes “Austin’s Playroom,” a specially designed, child-friendly waiting area for pediatric patients and their siblings, that was constructed through a gift from the Mario Lemieux Foundation and its initiative, The Playroom Project. The playroom is named after Austin Lemieux, the son of former Pittsburgh Penguins star and current Penguins owner, Mario Lemieux, and his wife Nathalie. Mrs. Lemieux, chair of The Playroom Project, and Austin participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Austin’s Playroom at today’s dedication.
Construction on the new ED began in October 2007. The first phase opened in September and included an addition built from the ground up. The second and final phase commenced in September and involved extensive renovations to the existing ED, which opened in 1995.
“From the moment patients and their families enter the new facility, the entire staff is immediately focused not only on providing the best care, but to make the entire process as comfortable and as fast as possible,” said Dr. Christopher DeLuca, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Clair Hospital. “The entire ER experience has been designed from the patient perspective and with the goal of delivering advanced health care.”
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
St. Clair Hospital was the site of a medical first for the region in a surgical procedure that involved a small incision and... a belly-button.