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January-February 2012

January-February 2012

Foundation Honors West Penn Hospital’s Women’s Committee

Each October, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Foundation has made a tradition of thanking one of its most loyal supporters, The Women’s Committee of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, and its Governing Board, with a fall luncheon. This year, the ladies were further honored when the staff of the WPAHS STAR Center presented The Governing Board with its fifth annual STAR Award.

The Women’s Committee and its Governing Board have contributed a total of more than $4 million dollars to West Penn Hospital to fund countless projects and programs, including numerous gifts to the Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as well as to the STAR Center headquartered in West Penn Hospital’s School of Nursing.

Donald Wilfong, MD, STAR’s Medical Director, accompanied by almost every member of the STAR Team, recognized these special volunteers who have done so much on behalf of STAR since its beginnings in 2007. Even on this special day, when they were the guests of honor, the women presented a $15,000 check to STAR for the Mobile EMS Ambulance Education Project. The STAR Team presented each lady with a lovely yellow rose, thanking them personally for their tireless efforts on behalf of West Penn and STAR.

Other special guests included Mrs. Lillian Spang Rath, a member of the West Penn Hospital Foundation’s Founders Society, an elite group of individuals who have donated more than $100,000
to West Penn Hospital, an honor she shares with The Women’s Committee and its Governing Board.

The gathering at the Pittsburgh Field Club featured a cooking demonstration by Chris Fennimore, who prepared an Italian meal for the group, and remarks by West Penn Hospital Foundation President B.J. Leber and The Governing Board’s Chair Norma Walter.

Irish Cabinet Member Visits

Pictured in the STAR Center at WPAHS on Dec. 12, 2011, are visitors Stephen Farry, Northern Ireland Cabinet member (center), and James Lamb, President of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh (right), with (left to right) WPAHS’s Kelly Sorice, Vice President, Communications and Marketing; STAR’s Sue Lebanik, Administrative Secretary; Larry O’Leary, Simulation Specialist; Joshua Franczyk, Simulation Supervisor; and WPAHS’s Paul Jorgensen, Vice President, Marketing Technology Services. Mr. Farry is the Minister for Employment and Learning in the Northern Ireland Executive and a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. The Irish visitors toured STAR to learn about the latest in healthcare simulation.


Congratulations to the STAR Center at WPAHS for recent approval of their Nurse Aide Training Program by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The approval is based on an onsite review conducted Nov. 30, 2011, by an advisor from the PDE’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education. The advisor determined that the STAR Center’s program meets the criteria of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1997 to provide nurse aide training. As a result of this approval, effective Jan. 12, 2012, the program’s graduates can be designated “certified nurse aide” (CNA).