OsteoCool™ non-invasive surgery turns up the heat on spinal tumors
Parents get same-day care for their young explorer
Son gets first cast after Dad makes a Same-Day Appointment
New Cancer Institute buildings designed with patients in mind
AHN’s $200 million investment in cancer care in the community
Pirates pitcher strikes back against cancer
Early this season, Jameson Taillon was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Working with doctors at Allegheny Health Network, Taillon went from surgery to being back on the mound just five short weeks later. His quick recovery was greeted with not just cheers from the crowd, but with the sweet sounds of a 7-2 victory.
Robotic spine surgery returns farmer to his fields
Dan very rarely lets illness slow him down. As a farmer, a business owner, and a champion wrestler, he’s the kind of guy who works through his pain. But when his legs went numb and he could barely walk, he knew it was time to see a doctor. Thanks to a minimally invasive spinal surgery using Mazor X™ robotic technology, he was able to return to his farm in time to plant the spring crops. Dan is living proof that new, precise technologies are helping people keep pace with their lives.
Care for cancer patients when they need it most
When cancer pain, symptoms, or side effects get worse late in the day, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) patients can now visit the After Hours Oncology Clinic. They can skip the trip to the emergency room (ER). This helps protect patients with compromised immune systems. The clinic also costs less than the ER and has shorter wait times. Cancer care after sundown is living proof that we put patients first.
A Young Mother's Oncology Care Close to Home
At 34, Shanthi Drescher was full of plans for the future. Then she found out she had breast cancer. She thought she was too young to have the disease. She was overwhelmed. Until her doctor told her about Home for Hope for young breast cancer patients. Through Home for Hope, she got assistance with managing the challenges of her condition as a new mother. Now her treatments are over. And Shanthi can shift her focus back to enjoying time with her toddler twin sons. She is living proof that caring for the mind and soul is just as important as healing the body.
Taking the fight out of Parkinson's disease
Peggy Sue Susany walked 3 to 5 miles a day for years, until she developed Parkinson’s disease (PD). She was about to give up on walking, working, and driving until she met with experts at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cahouet Center for Comprehensive Parkinson’s Care. They recommend she take up boxing. Now her symptoms are under control and there are days when she forgets she has PD. Living Proof that patients like Peggy Sue can conquer disease one jab at a time
State-of-the-art lab keeps hearts beating in Erie
Saint Vincent Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network, has opened a new Electrophysiology Lab.
Breaking ground on a new era of health care
Saint Vincent Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network, is building upon its legacy of medical excellence with a $115 million capital
Nurses Make the Greatest Difference – ICU Nurse
Michelle Kiec of Center Township followed her father’s advice when she decided to become a nurse. He saw she was personable and had a knack for taking care of people. After graduating from the Duquesne University School of Nursing in 1991, Michelle began a career at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN). She has maintained a comforting presence at the bedside of patients ever since — Living Proof that great nurses make the greatest difference.
Nurses Make the Greatest Difference–Labor & Delivery
When infants are born, they enter a cold, noisy world apart from their mothers for the very first time. Stork Nurse Meghan Wagoner helps babies and moms make skin-to-skin contact for the first two hours after delivery to reduce stress and to help them bond quickly. Meghan is Living Proof that great nurses make the greatest difference.
Recovery Creates a Second Chance for Hoop Dreams
Basketball has been Autumn’s passion since age nine. She played on the varsity team all four years of high school and looked forward to moving up to the college level. When she tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee during a district championship game, she thought her basketball career was over. But the team of orthopaedic doctors, surgeons, and rehabilitation specialists at Saint Vincent Hospital, an Allegheny Health Network facility in Erie, wasn’t ready to throw in the towel. They helped Autumn make a full recovery and get back to her hoop dreams.
New Cancer Treatment Gets a Traveler Back on the Road
RosaLee has severe asthma. It used to prevent her from doing the things she loves, like tending to her garden. A severe asthma treatment called bronchial thermoplasty - the latest, non-surgical technique for treating uncontrolled asthma - will relieve RosaLee from her worst asthma symptoms for up to five years.
The Heartbeat of Innovation
An 80-year-old man, for whom traditional surgery was not an option, is getting a healthier heart with a revolutionary type of heart valve replacement surgery. At Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery requires only a small incision, which is less risky for elderly or other high-risk patients.
Shooting Incident Can’t Silence His Song
On a quiet summer Saturday night in 2015 in McKees Rocks, Pa., six random bullets struck a parked car, hitting Carlton Leeper, a professional singer, who was sitting inside with his son.
Special Teams Keep Young People in the Game
Evan, age 11, loves to play football and other sports, so when a lingering knee injury kept him on the sidelines, his parents turned to the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Institute.
Asthma Patient Will Breathe Easier for Years
RosaLee has severe asthma. It used to prevent her from doing the things she loves, like tending to her garden. But then her doctor told her about bronchial thermoplasty. It’s the latest, non-surgical technique for treating uncontrolled asthma.
Robotic-Aided Precision Means Faster Recovery and More Mobility
We once thought that robotic surgery was far off in the future. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), the future has arrived.
Residents Rest Easy with Trauma Team Close at Hand
When an accident victim arrives at the Forbes Hospital Level II Trauma Center, every minute counts. The emergency medical team is ready to go, with their newest procedures and the latest technology.
Minor Incision for Major Surgery and a Life Without Limits
Ryan is a forklift driver who works hard and often moves equipment by hand. When he injured his back — resulting in a herniated disc — he had back and leg pain that made him miserable, and limited his ability to work. Traditional therapies didn’t provide enough relief, so he turned to the doctors at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute’s Spine Center.
Keeping New Mothers Emotionally Healthy
Steven D’Achille knows that his wife would have loved to see their daughter Adriana at age 3. Sadly, Adriana is growing up without her mother, who was lost to postpartum depression, when Adriana was just a few weeks old.
Sports Medicine Technology Clears Runner for Take Off
Angela loves to run, so when a knee injury put her on the sidelines, she turned to the experts at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Sports Complex at Cool Springs in Bethel Park, PA. It’s the newest addition to AHN’s Orthopaedic Institute.
Home Is Where Her Health Is
Sandie is full of energy. With her busy life, she never stops moving. At age 70, she swims, plays golf, and jumps around in the bouncy house with her 2-and-a-half-year-old grandson, Nicholas.
But to sustain her healthy lifestyle, she needs IV nutrition every day, and the nearest hospital is an hour away. Fortunately, Sandie can get the care she needs right at home, thanks to Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Healthcare @ Home program. The staff provides all-day nutrition for Sandie through home infusion therapy. It comes in a convenient backpack that she can take along wherever she goes.
Helping Little Miracles Happen
Meghan and John waited a long time to become parents — though not by choice. After 10 years of trying to conceive a child, they turned to Allegheny Health Network.
They could choose from a wide range of innovative treatments for both male and female infertility. The AHN Center for Reproductive Medicine helped this couple gain something precious — a baby named Jack. Not to mention Jack’s new sibling who is on the way. Their growing family is living proof that expert, personalized medical care can turn little miracles into big brothers.
Patient Loses Weight, Finds Better Health
Kendel feels better than she has in years. Since her sleeve gastrectomy weight-loss surgery 11 months ago, she has lost 71 pounds. She has more zip in her step and more fun on the zip line. More importantly, Kendel no longer suffers from heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. She has even reduced the amount of diabetes medication she takes.
Taking Steps to Keep a Heart Healthy
When they told Dan he would need a heart transplant, he didn’t wait around. He followed Dr. Andrew Pogozelski’s proactive treatment plan, receiving a pacemaker and prescription medications. Dan then launched into cardiac rehab through Allegheny Health Network (AHN). The staff at Allegheny General Hospital structured his exercises, monitored his progress, and encouraged him to stay active. This team approach paid off in a healthier heart — and Dan came off the transplant list.
For Breast Cancer Screenings, Get the Total Picture
Allegheny Health Network (AHN) offers 3D digital tomosynthesis mammography so women like Monica can find out that breast cancer is not in their immediate future. This advanced screening technology helps radiologists detect breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stages. 3D mammograms also help doctors more accurately tell the difference between harmless abnormalities and real cancers.
Care and Kindness Helps NICU Babies Thrive
Allegheny Health Network (AHN) hospitals are ready to care for babies, whenever they decide to come into the world. At West Penn Hospital, twin sisters Kavya and Aanya were born three and a half months early, weighing less than 2 pounds each. The West Penn Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was ready with the equipment and knowledgeable, gentle doctors and nurses to care for these fragile infants. Soon after birth, the twins were sleeping, feeding, growing, and getting to know their mother and father. Their innate desire to thrive is living proof that all AHN patients need special care — even the tiniest ones.
Walking Away from Pain with a New Hip
Anna’s hip condition made it difficult and painful to walk. She found new hope with the orthopaedic team at Allegheny Health Network. They are the only surgeons in the region performing a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted hip replacement procedure: Mako™ total hip arthroplasty. She was walking down the hall to deliver her thanks to her surgeon — just four hours after surgery, living proof that innovative surgical options keep our patients walking tall.
Islet Cell Innovations Offer New Hope
Surgeons at Cleveland Clinic remove a diseased pancreas from a critically ill patient and send the organ down the highway to Pittsburgh. Hours later, the pancreas’ vital islet cells are retrieved at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) islet cell isolation lab. They are driven back to Ohio late that afternoon. Just before midnight, the healthy cells from a failing pancreas are injected into the same patient’s liver, which takes over the job of producing insulin.
Ringing the Bell Celebrates the Last Day of Cancer Care
It took a community of nurses, doctors, and staff to keep Nancy optimistic about her cancer treatment. Some days, a kind touch or warm smile was the only thing that kept her going. When Nancy was able to ring the bell at Forbes Hospital after almost two years of radiation, chemo, and surgical treatments, everyone cheered her on. An approach that puts patients first is living proof that compassion is essential to recovery.
Burn Camp Lets Kids Be Kids
There is a special place for kids where they can row boats, soar through trees via zip lines and navigate an obstacle course of tires and rope nets.
Here, kids don’t have to care about what they wear or what they look like. They don’t have to deal with awkward explanations or cruel comments. That’s because this camp has been specially created for youngsters who are recovering from burn injuries.
4 Days: From Heart Surgery to Heading Home for Recovery
Heart patients typically struggle to find the strength for daily tasks, like walking up stairs and playing with a grandchild. Four days after coming to Jefferson Hospital for valve transplant surgery, Donald was strong enough to say thank you and head out to a better life. Patients who work hard to build up their strength are living proof that exceptional care – and exceptional determination – make a difference.