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AHN Receives Grant From A.J. Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust to Support Critical Need Programs

Friday, May 3, 2019

PITTSBURGH, Pa – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has received a $40,000 grant from the A.J. and Sigismunda Plaumbo Charitable Trust to support two important community health initiatives, including no-cost childcare for mothers seeking perinatal depression treatment at West Penn Hospital and the purchase of bleeding control kits for the organization’s Stop the Bleed® injury response training program.

The grant will support a 12-month pilot of the AHN Women’s Behavioral Health Integrative Childcare Program, which provides onsite childcare at no cost to mothers undergoing treatment for perinatal depression. The program will be based at the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health at West Penn, a unique-to-the-region facility that offers women with pregnancy-related depression access to a spectrum of family-focused care options under one roof.

“Lack of childcare ranks among the top barriers to seeking care for mental health,” said Sarah Homitsky, MD, Medical Director of AHN Women’s Behavioral Health. “AHN is one of only a handful of centers in the country that offers such a robust spectrum of treatment options for perinatal depression, but it’s also critical that we address the challenges many women face in accessing the care we provide. Thanks to this generous grant, our program will be able to benefit even more women and their families who are impacted by this condition.”

AHN’s Stop the Bleed® community trainings are part of a national initiative which aims to train bystanders to be the best first responders to those who are traumatically injured , teaching life-saving skills that can help stop or limit bleeding from a wound until EMS or other first responders arrive.   AHN Trauma Centers conduct training in communities across western PA and provide bleeding control kits free of charge to participants, which include tourniquets, pressure dressings, gauze, and gloves.

“Since 2016, we have been able to train over 7,500 people across 16 counties in schools, EMS agencies, fire and police departments, construction companies, municipal buildings, places of worship, community centers, and more,” said Sarah Zelazny, MPH, Trauma Prevention Coordinator for Allegheny General and Forbes Hospitals. “In the event of any situation where an injury occurs, bystanders can often be the difference between life and death for someone in need. We are grateful to have the support of this grant, which will help us provide more than 400 bleeding control kits throughout our communities.”

“AHN is committed to improving the health and well-being of those who live and work in every community we serve,” said Allie Quick, AHN’s Chief Philanthropy Officer. “Partnerships with organizations such as the Palumbo Charitable Trust allow us to respond quickly and effectively to those needs and we are extremely grateful for the important role they play in helping us fulfill our mission.”

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