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Luis Fábregas

Watchful attorney general denies UPMC a chance to assist Jameson, a community in need

By Luis Fábregas
Allow me to tell you an unusual story about UPMC that no one is talking about. You know how UPMC seems to be everywhere and you can’t blink an eye without seeing a UPMC sign? Our favorite health care giant is ...

Fabregas: Former VA director’s reappearance a slap in the faces of veterans

By Luis Fábregas
The collective jaws of veterans in Western Pennsylvania hit the floor when former Veterans Affairs regional director Michael Moreland last week resurfaced from out of nowhere. Yes, that Michael Moreland. The one who worked as the top administrator at the ...

Family of premature son marks bittersweet milestone at West Penn Hospital

By Luis Fábregas
It might sound like an overreaction, but when 10-year-old Jacob Anthony came down with a cold this week, his mom panicked. “I get scared to ...

Share glass of bubbly champagne to restore caring, dignity, humanity to dying

By Luis Fábregas
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dr. Abraham Verghese is drawn to the idea of offering champagne to a  dying patient. Sounds crazy, I know. But when you hear him explain it, something about it makes all the sense in the world. Verghese ...

Fabregas: Those annual physical checkups might not be needed

By Luis Fábregas
If you’re like most Americans, you probably see your doctor at least once a year. We’ve been told annual checkups are a good way to catch medical problems before it’s too late. I have my doubts. I’m supposed to get ...

Fabregas: UPMC-Highmark playground spat needs referee other than Wolf

By Luis Fábregas
The kids in the UPMC-Highmark playground need a referee. The question is: Who? If your answer is Gov. Tom Wolf, I’m afraid you’re wrong. When UPMC announced plans last week to terminate a key Medicare contract with rival Highmark Inc., Wolf ...

As Tekulve enters ‘bonus round,’ former Pirate heartened by organ donor

By Luis Fábregas
Kent Tekulve has always cherished the opening of baseball season. He’s the last player to throw a championship-clinching pitch for the Pirates, and like most ...

Fabregas: Turns out, a dose of reality could benefit little Joey in the long run

By Luis Fábregas
As parents and grandparents, we tend to put our kids on a pedestal. We lavish them with praise when they get good grades, when they win a basketball game and, it turns out, when they lose the game. “Good try, ...

Hospice about caring, not curing

By Luis Fábregas
The word “hospice” scares people to the point that Dr. Bob Arnold doesn’t use it when talking to patients and their families. “You think it means, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to die now.’ If that’s all hospice did, it ...

Fabregas: All signs point to crisis for Allegheny Health Network

By Luis Fábregas
Not to be alarmist, but Highmark Inc.’s abrupt request to funnel $175 million to its Allegheny Health Network contains all the elements of a crisis. ...

Fabregas: Apple Watch seems more about being hip than healthy

By Luis Fábregas
Call me crazy, but a watch should be used for telling time. That was my reaction this week when Apple revealed its fancy new watch ...