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UPMC discusses NICUs and how sound machines are making a difference for infants in Harrisburg

Michelle Loomis, major gift officer at UPMC Pinnacle, and April Benasich, co-founder and chief scientist for RAPT Ventures Inc. joined us on The Spark Wednesday to discuss NICU environments and how these sleep sound machines are making a difference for UPMC Harrisburg’s youngest patients.

By Aniya Faulcon

Quality maternal health care for all women is a growing concern, doulas help to make a positive difference

Rae Johnson-Bundy, CEO of DoulaRightThing and certified doula, Madhumitha Rajakittu – Pudupatti, certified doula and CEO of Guiding Hand Doula, and Dr. Sharee Livingston, Obstetrics and GynecologyChair at UPMC Lititz and co-founder of Diversifying Doulas Initiative, joins us to talk about maternal health care and how doulas are a vital part in making it better.

By Aniya Faulcon

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How can one protect themselves from Monkeypox and prevent transmission?

Now there’s a new virus on the scene, Monkeypox, that has caused the United States to have the largest outbreak in the world.

By Aniya Faulcon

UPMC employees say silence on abortion puts hospital system ‘in danger of complicity’

They want UPMC to leverage its position as Pennsylvania’s largest nongovernmental employer to protect abortion access in the state.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

More focus on mental health since the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased anxiety, stress, loneliness, panic attacks and more.

By Scott LaMar/WITF

Autonomous robots used at UPMC and other hospitals are found to have been vulnerable to hackers

Autonomous robots made by a Pittsburgh-based company and deployed in hospitals across the country have been vulnerable to a slew of remote attacks

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA

Facing staff shortages, UPMC triples pay for those who join its new travel nursing corps

Registered UPMC travel nurses and surgical techs will make $85 and $63 an hour, respectively.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

UPMC officials say parents shouldn’t hesitate to get kids vaccinated

At a press conference on Friday, UPMC officials emphasized the benefits of vaccinations for younger kids. They were adamant that the real health risks come from people choosing not to get vaccinated.

By Julia Zenkevich/WESA

High prices at UPMC’s flagship hospital don’t tell the whole story

Part of the reason that reliable data is hard to find is that the “official” or maximum cost for a medical service is rarely what ends up on the bill.

By Sarah Boden/WESA