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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sandra Pianalto named Chair of University Hospitals Board of Directors

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals (UH) announces the election of Sandra Pianalto as the new Chair of the UH Board of Directors. Ms. Pianalto is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. 
Prior to being elected Chair, Ms. Pianalto served as Vice Chair of the UH Board of Directors and the UH Board of Trustees. She also served as Chair of the Governance and Community Benefits Committee and Vice Chair of the Strategic Committee. In the past, she served on the Audit and Compliance Committee.
“Ms. Pianalto brings to our Board a deep knowledge of our nation, our state and our region,” said UH CEO Thomas F. Zenty III. “She has spent most of her career researching and understanding the socioeconomic forces that shape our region and affect people’s lives. She is a recognized leader who will advance the well-being of our community in her new role.”   

Monday, May 18, 2015

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center study finds non-invasive colon cancer screening may be promising for African Americans

CLEVELAND – In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that a new non-invasive technology for colon cancer screening is a promising alternative to colonoscopy for African Americans. The study recruited patients to compare the effectiveness of stool DNA (sDNA) testing with colonoscopy for detecting large colon polyps.  
SDNA is a test that detects colon cancer in its earliest stages, based on analysis of stool DNA.  Developed in the laboratory of Sanford Markowitz, MD, PhD, oncologist with UH Seidman Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, sDNA is a recommended screening by the American Cancer Society. 

Friday, May 08, 2015

University Hospitals implements regional trauma initiative

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals has announced plans to create a coordinated regional trauma network of UH hospitals. The initiative will enable UH to respond to community need for more immediate and enhanced access to high level trauma services in UH’s expanding coverage area.
As a next step, UH is working with input from local municipalities across Northeast Ohio to obtain Level I trauma center verification for UH Case Medical Center from the American College of Surgeons. ACS establishes criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance.

The Level I trauma center at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland’s University Circle will coordinate with an extended regional trauma system that includes four existing Level III trauma centers at UH Geauga Medical Center, St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights, and in Ravenna, Robinson Memorial Hospital, which officially joins UH later this year. Additionally, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, on UH’s main campus, is the region’s only Level I center for children and adolescents. The UH regional trauma network will provide better coordinated care because participating facilities have the same electronic medical record system, shared clinical processes and consistent staff training.


Monday, May 04, 2015

SRHS and University Hospitals officials sign letter of intent

CLEVELAND and ASHLAND – Samaritan Regional Health System (SRHS) in Ashland County and University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland have signed a letter of intent to officially explore an integration that will add SRHS into the UH system.

This announcement comes after a dedicated, year-long search identifying SRHS’s best options to continue the organization’s mission of “promoting the health and wellness of people in the communities served.” The recommendation to explore an affiliation with UH came from a special committee comprised of SRHS Board and medical staff leaders with assistance from experienced health care consultants.

Tom Zenty III, CEO, University Hospitals (left) and Samaritan Regional Health System President Danny Boggs officially sign letter of intent. (Photo credit Ashland Times Gazette)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nominations now open for 3rd annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

CLEVELAND – National and international nominations are being sought for the third annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, which honors a medical researcher for notable achievements in innovation, creativity and potential for clinical application. 
Deadline for nominations is August 28, 2015
Nomination guidelines can be found at:
The Harrington Prize, which carries a $20,000 honorarium, is the result of a collaboration between The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies, and the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. The Harrington Discovery Institute is a nonprofit institute dedicated to enabling physician-scientists to transform their discoveries into therapies that enhance patient care. 

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