St. Margaret Foundation hosted a Wall Breaking Ceremony on February 25th at the UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center (LFHC) to celebrate the start of construction. LFHC has been at its current location at the base of the 40th St. Bridge and Butler Street in Pittsburgh since 1992 – 22 years. The Health Center, where fifty percent of the patients are underserved (35% Medicaid and 15% have no insurance) not only provides health care to the community but a myriad of out-reach services as well.
The generosity of our donors helps to insure that the nearly 14,000 people served there will continue to receive medical and behavioral health treatment which would otherwise not occur if the Center did in fact lose its lease.
We are grateful to recognize Lisa Kuzma of Richard King Mellon Foundation and Dr. Sandra Sauereisen, Medical Director of Lawrenceville Family Health Center who graciously took the first swing at the Wall Breaking Ceremony.
To see more photos from the Wall Breaking Ceremony, click here!
Massaro Corporation will be administrating the construction remodel of the Lawrenceville Family Health Center. Construction is expected to complete in Summer 2015.
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.