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News Releases

A collection of our latests press releases.

St. Clair Health now using Tyrer-Cuzick Risk Assessment Calculator for breast cancer

Having additional knowledge can never be a bad thing, especially when it comes to detecting breast cancer.

St. Clair Health announced it is providing the Tyrer-Cuzick Risk Assessment Calculator, a tool utilized to gather information on a patient from personal history to breast density and mammogram images. The information is then used to determine the likelihood a woman will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

“Identifying these patients earlier helps us to catch their cancers earlier and gives them a better chance of survival,” said Dr. Raye J. Budway, director of breast surgical services for St. Clair Health Center. “This is about helping you understand where you are so we can get you where you need to go.”

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St. Clair Health Named A ‘Most Wired’ Hospital

St. Clair Health has earned 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified Level 9.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Digital Health Most Wired program conducts the annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

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Caring for grandkids and keeping them safe on the road

As a grandparent involved in their grandkids’ everyday tasks and routines, much of your time with your grandchildren may be spent in the car. Whether it’s going to and from school, running errands or taking the kids to activities and events, you may find yourself spending a lot of time in your car. It’s vital to understand the ins and outs of safe car travel with kids in 2021, so everyone has the best and safest experience possible.

Grandchildren provide joy and add a new dimension to family dynamics. But for grandparents contributing to the care and upbringing of their grandchildren, things can get more complicated. Being responsible for your grandchildren may allow you to share in their daily lives, but it can also be overwhelming — especially when caring for more than one child at a time. You are not alone. It is estimated over 2.6 million children are being raised by their grandparents in the U.S. That’s why Bankrate put together a guide to help you navigate safe travel for you and your precious grandkids.

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Pittsburgh-Post Gazette

Pregnant, unvaccinated and intubated: Doctors alarmed by rise in virus cases among expectant mothers

More young and healthy pregnant people are ending up hospitalized on ventilators, delivering babies prematurely and sometimes dying from COVID-19 during the delta-fueled spike in cases.

Doctors across the country are reporting this trend, not seen in previous surges, largely in the South but also in states like California and Washington. As of Aug. 14, 76.2% of pregnant people were unvaccinated.

Pregnant women with COVID-19 are 15 times more likely to die, 14 times more likely to need to be intubated, and 22 times more likely to have preterm birth than those who are uninfected, according to a study published this month in JAMA Network Open. “I have not seen risks like this,” said Linda Eckert, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington.

Reluctance to get the shots has been widespread among the pregnant population because they were excluded from clinical trials for the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc., and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Studies on pregnant women began in February, and evidence has shown no increased risk of miscarriage from the shots. U.S. health officials this month stepped up calls for pregnant people to get vaccinated.

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Our Region’s Business – St. Clair Health Segment

St. Clair Health was featured in WPXI News segment called Our Region’s Business which highlights local businesses in Allegheny county. Our Region’s Business has been jointly produced by the Allegheny Conference and WPXI-TV since May 2004. The show is hosted by Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

This segment featuring St. Clair Health discussed how the healthcare system invests in the future of healthcare with its new outpatient center right on the main campus. The team took a look around Sunday on “Our Region’s Business,” jointly-produced by the Allegheny Conference and WPXI-TV.

-Hosted by Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer

Please click the link below to watch the filmed broadcast.

CMS 5-Star Rating Ranks St. Clair Health Among Top In Region, Nation

Compassion, Dedication and Expertise Form The Cornerstone

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded St. Clair Health a 5-star quality rating, the highest rating available, as part of CMS’ update of its Care Compare website. It is one of only two 5-star ratings awarded in western Pennsylvania. According to CMS, less than 14 percent of hospitals in the nation received a 5-star rating in the most recent update.

CMS uses a 1 to 5 star rating scale. The scores are based on hospital performance in mortality, readmission, safety of care, patient experience, and timely and effective care.

“Earning CMS’ 5-star rating is validation of the exceptional care provided at St. Clair Health,” said Todd Pollock, M.S., Executive Director, Quality & Care Management, St. Clair Health. “Our commitment to provide expert care from people who care is borne out by these excellent results and is another example of how St. Clair Health is creating a healthier region. St. Clair’s unwavering goal is to put every patient first, every single time.”

CMS said the Care Compare website and Stars Rating System are valuable consumer tools that provide helpful and important information on the safety and quality of the nation’s hospitals. These decision-making tools offer great transparency on hospital performance for a wide variety of users – patients, caregivers, families, and the broader health care industry.

Today’s announcement continues a tradition of excellence that is unsurpassed in western Pennsylvania. In addition to CMS, St. Clair this week also received national recognition from 100 Top Hospitals and The Leapfrog Group.

In recent years, St. Clair has received numerous accolades from not only CMS, but also from 100 Top Hospitals, The Leapfrog Group, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, CareChex, Healthgrades, and others. St. Clair remains western Pennsylvania’s exclusive member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

St. Clair Health Leads The State With Its 18th Consecutive ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade From The Leapfrog Group

‘Expert Care From People Who Care’ Is Foundation of Rating

The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s leading patient safety watchdog, has released its new Hospital Safety Grades for Spring 2021, awarding St. Clair Health an “A” for its demonstrated record of preventing patient harm.

St. Clair is one of only 39 hospitals across the country to have earned 18 “As” in a row and the only hospital in Pennsylvania to have done so, placing St. Clair amongst the top 1.5 percent of hospitals in the country and the leader in the region for patient safety.

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 acute care hospitals twice a year. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms.

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but St. Clair Health shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Diane L. Puccetti, R.N., BSN, MS, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Clair, said,  “Our mission to put patients first is built into the culture at St. Clair and prioritizes patient safety by providing an environment of care that protects patients from harm.”

Today’s announcement continues a tradition of excellence that is unsurpassed in western Pennsylvania. In addition to The Leapfrog Group, St. Clair this week also was named among the 100 Top Hospitals for the fourth consecutive year. It is the sixth time since 2012 that St. Clair has received this honor, and the seventh overall, the most in western Pennsylvania.

In recent years, St. Clair has received numerous accolades from not only The Leapfrog Group, 100 Top Hospitals, but also from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, CareChex, Healthgrades, and others. St. Clair remains western Pennsylvania’s exclusive member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

St. Clair Health Is Again Ranked Among Best In Nation

100 Top Hospital Award Bestowed

Fortune/IBM Watson Health today named St. Clair Health one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for 2021. This marks the fourth consecutive year and seventh overall that St. Clair has won this prestigious honor, the most in western Pennsylvania.

The 100 Top Hospitals are selected annually based solely on an objective analysis of multiple measures of patient safety, quality, patient satisfaction, operational efficiency, and community engagement. All acute care hospitals in the United States are evaluated for potential inclusion on the list.

Joining St. Clair are such respected institutions as Baylor University Medical Center, the University of Utah, University (of Wisconsin) Hospital (Madison WI), and North Shore University Health System (Evanston IL). Notably, only 16 hospitals nationwide have made the list four years running, and St. Clair is the only Pittsburgh area hospital to ever receive the honor in four straight years.

“We are proud of all of the hospitals, health systems and their dedicated clinicians and staff included among the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals,” said Irene Dankwa-Mullan, M.D., MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health Officer at IBM Watson Health. Organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation. They also recognize the importance of contributing to the health of their communities.”

John T. Sullivan, M.D., MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at St. Clair, said, “This prestigious honor is perfectly aligned with St. Clair’s rebranding to St. Clair Health, a reflection of who we are as an organization: A quality leader who offers advanced care close to home, treats every patient, partner and person with compassion and respective at every step, and is helping create a healthier region by providing excellent care and being a good neighbor.”

In an accompanying study, IBM Watson Health notes that, if all hospitals in the nation performed at the level of the 100 Top Hospitals, more than 79,000 lives could be saved, 44,000 patients could be complication-free, and the cost of healthcare could be reduced by $10.1 billion.

Today’s announcement continues a tradition of excellence that is unsurpassed in western Pennsylvania.  In recent years, St. Clair has received numerous accolades from 100 Top Hospitals, the Leapfrog Group, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, CareChex, Healthgrades, and others. St. Clair remains western Pennsylvania’s exclusive member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.