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Northland Public Library received grant for two new AEDs

With nearly 70 staff members, 112 volunteers, and approximately 200,000 visitors each year, Northland Public Library is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone on the premises. In 2015, the library acquired a pair of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in the event someone suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

Now nearing their expiration date, both AEDs will be updated, thanks to a generous grant from Passavant Hospital Foundation. The AEDs will be located in highly visible areas on both the lower and upper levels of the library, and clearly marked with bright signage. Staff will be trained on AED usage and CPR techniques.

“We’re so thankful for the support of Passavant Hospital Foundation to help us keep our visitors and staff safe,” said Amy Steele, executive director of Northland Public Library. “The new AEDs will help us fulfill our mission to enable, empower, and encourage lifelong learning and discovery in a safe, welcoming space for all.”

La Roche University’s Center for Lifelong Learning received grant for two new AEDs

Passavant Hospital Foundation awarded funds to La Roche University’s Center for Lifelong Learning for the acquisition of two new automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The center opened last January, offering programs to more than 300 people aged 50–93 who want to continue learning and staying engaged without the stress of homework, tests or grades, plus another 100 youths engaged in athletic and academic camps at the center. As of January 2023, more than 290 community

members were registered for upcoming programs.

“With an increased number of older adults on campus, in spaces like the swimming pool and Kearns Spirituality Center, it’s crucial to ensure we have the proper equipment and training in the event of an emergency,” said Jennifer Engel, executive director of the Lifelong Learning Center. “We applied for the grant because we knew of Passavant Hospital Foundation’s commitment to the safety and health of the community it serves. We’re very appreciative of their support.”

Volunteers at the North Hills Community Outreach food pantry in Millvale distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income families and elderly adults.

North Hills Community Outreach was awarded grant for its Food and Hunger Program

Over the past 11 years, Passavant Hospital Foundation has supported North Hills Community Outreach’s mission to address the needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty in northern Allegheny County. The Foundation’s latest grant will help provide supplemental food to low-income families and older adults, particularly through NHCO’s organic garden, which, last year alone, provided 5,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to all three of NHCO’s food pantries. Those food pantries, in turn, supplied nutritious food to 1,200 low-income families and seniors in the area.

“We couldn’t do what we do without amazing partners and supporters like Passavant Hospital Foundation,” said Tom Baker, executive director of NHCO.


Passavant Hospital Foundation is partnering with Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) North Campus to provide a variety of health and wellness education programs for any and all members of the community. Each class is led by physicians,

clinicians, researchers, and other experts on the specific topic, with ample time for questions and answers. All programs are FREE, but registration is required by calling 412-788-7546.

Advances in Breast Imaging

Tues., Mar. 14, 2023 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join Terri-Ann Gizienski, MD, chief of the Clinical Breast Division at UPMC, as she talks about new technologies in breast imaging, discusses current recommendations for breast imaging studies, and what radiologists look for on your breast imaging studies.

Tick-Borne Diseases in Western PA

Tues., Apr. 11, 2023 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Learn about Lyme Disease, anaplasmosis, and other looming tick-borne diseases in the area. We’ll review epidemiology and you’ll learn about presentation and treat-ment options. This course is led by Libby Ernharth, MPAS, PA-C, Infectious Diseases.

Join Passavant Hospital Foundation for a new education program called “Wellness Works.” Each class, led by physicians and clinicians, provides up-to-date medical information with time for questions and answers afterwards. The sessions will be held at the Northland Public Library and are FREE but registration is required by calling 412-366-8100, extension 113.

Common Hand Conditions:

Diagnosis and Treatment

Thurs., Mar. 23, 2023 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join Trenton M. Gause II, MD, orthopaedic hand, and upper extremity surgeon with Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, as he discusses the symptoms, causes and treatments for common hand conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis, and various types of arthritis.

Gardening Thyme: Avoid Aches and Pains While Gardening

Thurs., Apr. 27, 2023 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join our physical therapist, Taylor Tisa Docherty, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, to discuss how to enjoy gardening with less pain and stress to your body. Learn about proper lifting techniques and the best tools to use. Anyone performing outdoor chores will benefit from this class!


MARCH 30: National Doctor’s Day

Honor your favorite doctor by sending a note or making a contribution in their name to Passavant Hospital Foundation.

MAY 6-7: Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

Join the Passavant Hospital Foundation Fundraising Team and help us hit our goal of raising $5,000 to support our Cancer Care Fund, which helps qualified UPMC Passavant oncology patients afford medicine, food, shelter and transportation during their treatment. Contact Amanda Posa at Passavant Hospital Foundation at or 412-748-6641.

JUNE 5: 36th Annual Golf Outing

Enjoy a day on the links at Treesdale Golf and Country Club while helping Passavant Hospital Foundation raise money for its mission.

AUG 11-12: 11th Annual 4K & 8K Run/Walk and NEW Family 5K Run/Walk

Passavant Hospital Foundation’s 4K and 8K Run/Walk will take place on Friday evening, Aug. 11 at the North Park Pool Loop. An all-NEW Family 5K Wellness Run/Walk will be held the next day, on Aug. 12, at the UPMC Passavant Sportsplex at Graham Park in Cranberry Township.

SEPT 21: 8th Annual Legacy of Caring Gala

More than 400 participants attended last year’s gala and helped Passavant Hospital Foundation raise more than $130,000 for its mission. The next gala will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry.

OCT 21: 4th Annual Purse & Tool Bash

Join us virtually on FaceBook Live and Microsoft Teams on Saturday, Oct. 21 to bid on a vast array of power tools and designer purses, handbags and backpacks!

For details on all our upcoming events, go to //


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