The Pittsburgh Celtics gaelic football squad have been touring Ireland for the past week playing matches and soaking up the atmosphere in the build up to the All Ireland Final. This tour was co-sponsored by UPMC International in recognition of the club’s success in the U.S.
UPMC International is part of the world-renowned healthcare system that operates the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre in Waterford. UPMC Whitfield offers the most advanced radiation therapy, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy, to residents of the south east of Ireland.
Celebrating their third midwest U.S. championship since 2010, members of the Pittsburgh Celtics presented Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl with a team jersey at Croke Park on Friday September 15th. The Celtics are part of the Pittsburgh GAA under a mission to further the development of Gaelic culture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were joined by David Beirne, Ireland country manager for UPMC International.
Along with Bon Secours and the GAA, the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program will return to Croke Park on October 7th for “Make the Call,” an educational conference on concussion treatment and management for sports officials and athletic trainers.
The symposium will feature leading concussion experts from UPMC and Bon Secours sharing the best practices, protocols and treatment of concussion. The event will also feature a panel discussion involving Dr. Pat O’Neill (All-Ireland winning former manager and player with Dublin), Dr. Brendan Murphy (former Offaly hurler, current Tipperary hurling team doctor) and Oisín McConville (former Armagh footballer and All-Star winner) sharing their own experiences with concussion.
The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is a global leader in testing, treating and researching sports-related concussions. With over 17,000 patient visits each year, more than 30 staff members treat high school, college and professional athletes from across the United States. UPMC’s program is a leading source for concussion research, with nearly 200 peer-reviewed concussion research studies. Centres throughout the United States have adopted the UPMC program’s standard of concussion care.
This mirrors the global high standard of patient care which UPMC brings to its Whitfield Cancer Centre in the south east of Ireland.
UPMC International works in more than a dozen countries worldwide, offering a wide variety of services, including hospital management, implementation of electronic medical records, physician and staff training, and facility and equipment planning. As a leader in such specialties as organ transplantation, cancer, sports medicine, neurosurgery and emergency medicine, UPMC helps partners around the world provide high-quality, personalized care to patients in their own communities.
For further information, call UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre on 051 337444 or visit www.upmcwhitfieldcancercentre.ie