St. Margaret Foundation provides sleep chairs for patients’ families |

St. Margaret Foundation provides sleep chairs for patients’ families

Tawnya Panizzi
St. Margaret Foundation purchased 16 sleep chairs to be used by families at UPMC St. Margaret.

Families who have to spend the night at UPMC St. Margaret can rest a little more comfortably, thanks to reclining sleep chairs that can be moved into patient rooms.

St. Margaret Foundation paid for 16 new chairs, with President Mary Lee Gannon saying the move is meant to make hospital stays less stressful and more restful.

“Nobody chooses to be in the hospital, and often, families are struggling with the biggest challenges of their lives,” Gannon said.

Cost was $47,016.

Money for the sleep chairs is among the $623,608 in grants the foundation issued earlier this year to help patients at the hospital along Freeport and Delafield roads, near Aspinwall, and related facilities. Grants will pay for transportation to treatments, medication, health screenings and valet services for patients.

Allocations included $200,000 to the New Kensington Family Health Center project, $9,000 for health care screenings in underserved communities, and $6,000 for free flu shots for senior citizens.

Founded in 1986, S. Margaret Foundation supports health and wellness initiatives at UPMC St. Margaret and other groups that serve communities within the hospital footprint.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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