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Excela Health Adds Groundbreaking RightEye Eye-Tracking System to Concussion Detection Protocol

GREENSBURG, Pa., Excela Health, a nonprofit hospital system offering wellness, emergency, intensive and outpatient care to patients across Pennsylvania, announced today that it has acquired an innovative new system that uses eye-tracking technology to help detect concussions and monitor patients’ recovery. The system is from RightEye LLC, a health technology company using eye tracking to revolutionize vision performance and patient care. With this new technology acquisition, Excela Health becomes the first health system in Pennsylvania to utilize eye-tracking technology as part of its concussion protocol and joins the ranks of dozens of professional sports teams, leading sports health physicians and vision care centers across the nation also using RightEye.

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GRAFFITI GRATITUDE DISPLAYED AT EXCELA HEALTH

GREENSBURG, Pa. … During November, Excela Health employees, patients and visitors have the opportunity to express their thanks on Gratitude Graffiti Walls in each hospital. The project, sponsored by the Nurse Retention and Recognition Committee, benefits from the designs of Seton Hill University art therapy graduate students Meghan Fischer and Kristy Walter who also assist Excela Health's Hospice families. Washable paint markers are available close to the interactive art displays: Frick Hospital Second Floor corridor near cafeteria; Latrobe Hospital, First Floor near Little Shop, and at Westmoreland Hospital at the Side Street Café.

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EXCELA HEALTH NURSES HONORED AS CAMEOS OF CARING®; CENTENARIAN RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

GREENSBURG, Pa.  ... Excela Health celebrates a quartet of nurses who have been recognized as 2016 Cameos of Caring® recipients.  Created by the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, this honor celebrates exceptional caregivers across several disciplines.   Excela Health through its member hospitals has been a program participant for more than a dozen years.

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EXCELA HEALTH RECIPIENT OF 2016 TEDDY AWARD FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION EXCELLENCE

GREENSBURG, Pa. ... Excela Health has been awarded a 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management (Teddy) Award.

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OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS BENEFITS EXCELA HEALTH HOSPICE

GREENSBURG, Pa. … Rizzo’s Malabar Inn, Crabtree, hosts an Old-Fashioned Italian Christmas event 6 p.m., December 1 in its banquet facilities to benefit Excela Health Hospice.

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EXCELA’S PINK PUSH DURING OCTOBER HELPS DEBUT TEXT FOR MAMMO SCHEDULING OPTION

GREENSBURG, Pa. ... Excela Health employees are doing their happy dance this month as part of the health system’s pink push promoting both Breast Cancer Awareness and the introduction of Text for Mammo, a new Excela scheduling feature that takes away another excuse for avoiding this important annual screening.  Text-friendly pink gloves replaced the sterile ones that are part of the care team’s regular attire to allow employees from every discipline to “Push It” to the beat of Salt-N-Pepa. Their fancy footwork is accompanied by some cellphone smarts to encourage the text MAMMO to 24587.  Members of Excela’s Centralized Scheduling team are responding to these messages.  

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LIGHTS OF LOVE: SHARE A SPECIAL SPIRIT OF GIVING

LATROBE, Pa. … The Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society will hold its 29th Lights of Love celebration 6:30 p.m., December 6.  As in the past the auxiliary will adorn a tree with sparkling lights near the main entrance of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital.  Each light represents a gift in honor or in memory of someone special.

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EXCELA HEALTH NAMED AMONG NATION’S HEALTHIEST EMPLOYERS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

GREENSBURG, PA. … For the third consecutive year, Excela Health has been recognized as Healthiest 100 Workplace in America, an awards program presented by Springbuk®.  Excela Health continues to move up in the ranking, this year finishing in the top 25.

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HEALTHCARE SYMPOSIUM TACKLES SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN WORKPLACE

GREENSBURG, PA. …Excela Health hosts its annual employer focused health care symposium, Friday, October 28, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Greensburg.  This year’s topic: “Keeping Drug Testing Standards High and Healthcare Costs Low.”

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ACCEPTING AND MANAGING THE COMPLEX TOPIC OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM AT EXCELA HEALTH

LATROBE, PA. … Being a kid is complex. That’s BEFORE you add gender identity issues, early childhood trauma, a disorganizational relationship with food, intensive emotional struggles, or any situation that creates stress or uncertainty. These children and adolescents are the hardest to serve.

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WESTMORELAND HOSPITAL AUXILIARY HOSTS PUMPKIN PATCH PURSE BASH

GREENSBURG, Pa. … Pumpkins are a sure sign of fall, as are new accessories to match the changing seasons.  The patch is ripe for picking at Westmoreland Hospital Auxiliary’s third annual purse bash 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, Ramada Inn Ballroom, Greensburg.

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EXCELA HEALTH COMPLETES SALE OF FORMER JEANNETTE HOSPITAL PROPERTY

JEANNETTE, PA ... After nearly five years of aggressively marketing the Jefferson Avenue property on which the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital (JDMH) was built, Excela Health has completed the sale to a firm that shares the health system’s commitment to the health and well-being of the community.  Craig Anlauf, president and CEO of the Palms Communities, has purchased the property for $820,000.  The sale was finalized August 31, 2016.

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EXCELA HEALTH HONORED FOR ITS SUPPORTIVENESS OF BREASTFEEDING EMPLOYEES
GREENSBURG, PA … The Family Additions Maternity Center at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital encourages all new mothers to give their babies a healthy start through breastfeeding.  That supportiveness extends to health system employees following their maternity leave who have private accommodations in which to pump breast milk or feed a newborn while at their worksite.    read more ...



NEW EXCELA HEALTH CLINIC TEACHES HEARTS NOT TO FAIL

GREENSBURG, PA … People living with heart failure work closely with their primary care doctor and cardiologist to stay healthy. But when heart failure escalates, Excela’s new clinic can offer rapid, expert care that keeps them out of the hospital and gets them back to health. 

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SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION IN HEALTH CARE

LATROBE, PA.  … Applications for the Thomas P. Gessner, MD Healthcare Scholarship are being accepted by Excela Health.  The fund, administered by the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation where Dr. Gessner is president, was established in 2005 by the Latrobe Hospital medical staff to honor the physician for his 28 years of service.  

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EXCELA HEALTH RECOGNIZED FOR CUTTING ENERGY COSTS

GREENSBURG, Pa. … Excela Health ranks among the nation’s leaders in energy efficiency, and is one of only two health systems in Pennsylvania to receive the Energy to Care Award. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association will recognize Excela Health’s efforts at its 53rd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition July 10-13 in Denver, and has invited Excela to share its methods for achieving energy savings with other health care providers throughout the coming year.

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SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS EXPLORE FAMILY MEDICINE AT EXCELA HEALTH

LATROBE, Pa.  …Two aspiring medical students gained experience in family medicine at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital this year as recipients of the Andrew D. Bagby Family Medicine Scholarship. Anthony D’Onofrio and Ziqian “Zee” Wang, both students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill

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EXCELA HEALTH DEDICATES HEALING GARDEN AT WESTMORELAND CAMPUS

GREENSBURG, Pa.   Excela Health is turning to nature to help improve the health and well-being of patients, visitors and staff, designating areas around its three hospital campuses as healing gardens.  Westmoreland Hospital’s green space, made possible by the Westmoreland Hospital Auxiliary, is the first to be formally introduced June 21.

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