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AVH offers palliative medicine

| Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison offers a Palliative Medicine program.

Palliative medicine provides care and support to patients and families dealing with serious, progressive illness. It aims to assure that patients can remain as comfortable and active as possible through stages of the illness.

The program is directed by Dr. Randy Hebert, division director of Palliative Medicine and Hospice for the West Penn Allegheny Health System. Rebecca Heinle, a certified registered-nurse practitioner, will staff the consultation service at AVH.

Services are appropriate for any patient with a life-threatening illness who has poorly controlled symptoms, regardless of treatment status.

Services are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at AVH. Consult requests or more information can be obtained by calling 412-398-0692.

Learn what to do if chest pain hits

Chest discomfort or pain might be a key warning symptom of a heart attack. Many people wait to see whether the pain will pass. Understanding the proper response to chest pain can make a life-and-death difference.

Allegheny Valley Hospital's PriorityCare program will host "Chest Pain: What To Do When It's You" at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Charles W. Young Conference Center at the hospital in Harrison.

Paramedic Brian Check, AVH's pre-hospital care education facilitator, will present the program. .

For reservations, call 724-226-7339.

PriorityCare is a free membership program offered by AVH to adults age 55 or older. For details, visit .

Blood drive set at Mills mall, Frazer

Allegheny Valley Hospital's Destination Wellness at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer, will host a blood drive from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Destination Wellness.

With every four blood donations, receive a $25 gift certificate to a local business. For more information, call 724-274-5202.

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