St. Margaret Foundation was honored to be invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation today to receive a $4,400 check for the UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers' Fitwits - childhood obesity prevention program. Pictured here are Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation President Dave Soltesz, St. Margaret Foundation Board Member Bill Simpson, St. Margaret Foundation President Mary Lee Gannon, St. Margaret Foundation Manager of Development Bridget Wilson and Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Board Member and Coach Johnston's wife Myrna Johnston.
Fitwits is a design-led creative approach to teaching children and their families about obesity, associated health problems, body mass index (BMI), nutrition, fitness and portion sizes. Intervention groups for this investigative project will be operating at three UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers: Bloomfield Garfield FHC, Lawrenceville FHC and New Kensington FHC.
The UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers in Lawrenceville, Bloomfield-Garfield and New Kensington are supported by St. Margaret Foundation as roughly 56% of the patients are uninsured or underinsured. The Foundation helps to fund immunization shots, medication, transportation, food vouchers, nutrition education, crutches, thermometers, books for children, Teddy Bear Clinics, eye examinations for patients with diabetes, and other health care services.
On Wednesday, December 23, 2014, St. Margaret Foundation and employees of St. Margaret sang holiday carols throughout the halls of the hospital in hopes to cheer the patients who are ill this holiday season. The carolers strolled throughout the waiting rooms and common areas while singing holiday classics like Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, and Frosty the Snowman. After singing to patients, the carolers enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate.
St. Margaret Foundation provided a $900 grant to Perianethesia Services for Bears Care, to pediatric surgical patients under the age of 11.
The hope is this small gesture will provide comfort to a frightened child and instill confidence into the minds of patients. Below are pictures of how this grant has made a meaningful difference for the young patients of St. Margaret Hospital.
St. Margaret Foundation awarded a grant for $9,000 to Family Services of Western Pennsylvania for a free shuttle van. This service is free of charge to residents of Allegheny County and Westmoreland County who utilize UPMC medical service providers in the Alle-Kiski Valley.
The van operates 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. To schedule a ride by appointment, call 724-889-0029.