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The international spotlight will shine on Pittsburgh when the G-20 summit convenes Sept. 24 and 25, and UPMC expects to be one of the brightest spots on this worldwide stage. The G-20 brings together heads of state and financial leaders from around the world for open and constructive discussion about issues relating to global economic stability.

The White House selected our city for the site of the meeting because we represent economic growth and the jobs of tomorrow — fueled in large part by the growth and success of UPMC. As western Pennsylvania's largest employer, with 50,000 employees and $8 billion in revenue, UPMC has transformed the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research, and technology. The renaissance of the region, led by UPMC, was a major factor in President Barack Obama’s selection of Pittsburgh for this important meeting.

UPMC’s preparations for the G-20
UPMC is collaborating with regional planning groups to help make the summit a success. In addition, UPMC is looking for opportunities to showcase our successes on the global stage. These efforts are being coordinated by Leslie McCombs, senior consultant for Government Relations; Leah Cirata, executive assistant to the president; and Sandra Danoff, senior vice president and chief communications officer. They are convening multidisciplinary groups to ensure that UPMC is visible and well represented during the summit.

Staff from across UPMC also are supporting initiatives ranging from security issues to hospitality and media relations.

UPMC employees working in or near the city may be impacted because of changes in traffic patterns and congestion; specific communications will target those groups as necessary. We plan to maintain normal business hours at all our facilities and offices and operate in a "business as usual" fashion on Sept. 24 and 25.

An Infonet site has links to information about the summit. It will be the place to find the latest news about this international event and its impact on the region and on UPMC. There, staff may sign up for e-mail alerts, view frequently asked questions, and learn about UPMC’s plans to accommodate employees and patients during the G-20.

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UPMC Printing Services has begun setting administrative black-and-white printers to default to duplex print, commonly known as two-sided print, in all administrative areas. As part of UPMC's cost savings and greening initiatives, this change will help UPMC reduce paper usage by as much as 60,000,000 sheets a year and at the same time reduce expenses by as much as $375,000.

Roll-out of the duplex printing began in July, and will continue at UPMC locations throughout August.

Printers in clinical areas will continue to print standard one-sided reports. For instructions for printing single-sided documents or to learn more about the duplex printing initiative, visit the Infonet Printing site.

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If you donated blood this past fiscal year, your earned paid time off (PTO) hours will appear in your PTO bank on Friday, Aug. 28. You may use that time beginning Aug. 30. UPMC staff who donated blood three times between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009 will receive eight PTO hours. Those who donated six times will receive 16 PTO hours.

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Two projects tied for the grand prize in the first Patient- and Family-Centered Care (PFCC) Grand Challenge, sponsored by the Innovation Center. Each group won a $2,500 educational grant.

One winning group, a multidisciplinary team at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, developed a better way of communicating Pap test results to patients. They adapted an existing dictation system to upload patient result messages from lab software and to distinguish normal results from results requiring further follow-up. Patients receive a card telling them to call a specific telephone number after 10 to 14 days to receive results. The card explains that they will hear a message either that results are normal or that they should call their doctor’s office to discuss the results.

The other group improved timely discharges of orthopaedic spine patients on the 9-north patient unit at UPMC Montefiore. From the initial visit to the surgeon, patients are told to expect a particular discharge date. Each patient’s expected discharge date is displayed on green cards posted in the room and just outside the door. Physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, physical and occupational therapists all reinforce the expected discharge date. Between mid-April and mid-July, approximately 80 percent of patients were discharged either on time or early, for an estimated savings of more than $100,000.

Submit your PFCC Grand Challenge entry
Grand Challenge #2 is now accepting entries for projects related to transitions and coordination of care. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, Sept. 3. Visit the Innovation Center website for more details.

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In the aftermath of the mass shooting at the LA Fitness center in Collier Township, many individuals may experience strong feelings of sadness, grief, or helplessness. And for some, other personal issues may surface.

Resources are available to assist UPMC staff members. These resources include the services of LifeSolutions, a no-cost benefit to you or members of your household through which personal, relationship, job-related, and career needs can be addressed in a private, confidential environment. For more information, visit http://eap.infonet.upmc.com or call 1-800-647-3327.

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Did you know? UPMC invests in research and education in economic development, helping to foster a burgeoning regional economy focused on science, medicine, and technology. UPMC’s support has aided the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh region in bringing more than $500 million in National Institutes of Health research funding to the region in the most recent year.

To learn more about the many unique and diverse ways in which UPMC serves western Pennsylvania and its people, review the UPMC Community Benefits Report, Fiscal Year 2008.

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Aug. 14, 2009