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2012 Spirit of Planetree Award

Posted: 2/11/2013

Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber, a Planetree Designated patient-centered care hospital, recently presented the 2012 Spirit of Planetree Award to two of its associates.

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Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber Honors Key Player of the Year

Posted: 10/22/2012

Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber presented Paula Grieco, Administrative Assistant and PET/CT Patient Service Coordinator, the Key Player of the Year Award at their annual employee recognition dinner

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Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber Employees Support Medical Mission

Posted: 9/21/2012

Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber employees not only provide the Planetree philosophy of Patient-Centered Care to their patients locally, but are reaching out on a global level as well. For the past 12 years, Windber Medical Center Physician, Dr. Rodolfo Furigay has worked alongside the Philippine American Medical Society (PAMS) of Western PA providing medical and surgical care to those less fortunate.

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Local Red Cross, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber Packing Personal Care Items for Area Veterans on Aug. 8. Congressman Mark Critz Will Join the ‘Totes of Hope’ Project Next Week

Posted: 8/2/2012

On Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (600 Somerset Avenue in Windber), the American Red Cross Keystone Chapter and Windber Medical Center will be taking these collected items and packing up totes to prepare them for distribution to veterans-in-need. Congressman Mark Critz will also be present that day to assist in the effort.

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Local Red Cross and Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber Collecting Personal Care Items for Area Veterans

Posted: 7/10/2012

The local Red Cross has teamed up with Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber to offer additional assistance to area veterans with the Totes of Hope initiative. Through July 31, the American Red Cross Keystone Chapter and Windber Medical Center will be collecting personal care items to assist homeless and underserved veterans in the local community.

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Girl Scouts add beauty to Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber

Posted: 6/19/2012

Patients and visitors of Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber and the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center can enjoy some added beauty thanks to Girl Scout Cadette Troop 40976 and Senior Troop 40921.

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Local Marine Participates In Son's Birth Via Webcam

Posted: 4/21/2011

A local Marine stationed in Japan was able to be part of his son's birth thanks to a webcam and Skype. Greg Barron, of Rockwood, Somerset County, and Shyla Collins welcomed baby Gavin into the world Tuesday afternoon at Windber Hospital. While Barron said he wished he could be there, the webcam was next best thing.

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Area Hospital Promotes Nurturing Environment

Posted: 4/6/2011

...One medical center in our region focuses on healing that begins with nurturing the body, mind and spirit. As you walk the halls of the medical center, you notice soothing artwork , much of it painted by a nurse who just enjoys creating it. Waiting rooms for families include a kitchen area where you can eat and use a computer to surf the web for fun or to research an illness. Patients can review own charts. Families can visit 24 hours a day. These features go along with the designation of Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber as a Planetree Hospital. It's one of a group healthcare organizations that focus on creating patient-centered care in healing environments. The healing environment extends to the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center on campus, where we ran into therapy dogs, that roam the grounds.

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Health care employees help send soldiers care packages

Posted: 12/4/2010

Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber's Planetree, VeteranCare and the Helping Hands Committees have put together holiday care packages to send to military personnel who are stationed in Afghanistan. Kim Oleksa, the foundation's director, said the three large boxes included everything from personal care supplies to snacks that were donated by employees and people using the hospital. "We sent out a request to the employees via e-mail asking for donations," she said. "We also set up boxes throughout the hospital where people could donate items."

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Windber hospital to focus on care for veterans

Posted: 11/1/2010

"We will officially begin to introduce VeteranCare, a new niche of WindberCare at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber," Windber Medical Center president and CEO Barbara Cliff said. "VeteranCare is being developed as a type of Planetree patient-centered care that responds to the unique needs of veterans within an acute care hospital." As the only Planetree patient-centered care hospital in Pennsylvania and one of only 12 Planetree designated hospitals in the world, Windber Medical Center is uniquely positioned to enhance the inpatient and outpatient care of veterans from a mind, body and spiritual perspective, Cliff said. As for those veterans who are currently cared for within the VA system, she said the hospital will continue to support that setting for their primary care. "Windber Medical Center is proud to be instituting VeteranCare within our Planetree patient-centered care environment. It is an honor to care for veterans and to extend thanks and appreciation to those who have been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country," she said.

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