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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Offers Patients and Families Opportunity to Create Personalized Web Sites

Free Web site service for patients part of Children’s commitment to family-centered care

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is offering a new online service that enables patients and families to create personalized web sites to update loved ones.

The free service lets patients and families build secure, personalized Web sites from home or at the hospital. It is available through Children’s Web site at www.chp.edu.

Children’s is one of only 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation to feature the service, provided by TLContact, a Chicago-based company. The personal Web pages, called CarePagesSM, can be created from any computer in approximately 10 minutes.

CarePages allow patients and family members to post photos, news, visiting hours and instructions, and give updates on the progress of medical conditions or surgeries. Using a password provided by the creator of the Web page, visitors can post well-wishes and prayers without interrupting during what can be extremely emotional or difficult times.

To date, nearly two dozen patients at Children’s already have created personal Web pages. There have been more than 680 visitors making more than 8,867 visits.

“When your child is at Children’s for an extended period of time, or in the intensive care unit, it is wonderful to be able to update everyone at once with a post to your personalized Web page,” said Denise Esposto, interim manager of the Child Life Department at Children’s. “And visitors are able to send well-wishes without deluging the family with phone calls.”

Cory Garwacki, a Children’s patient who received a small intestine transplant in March, updates his Web site daily and even posts “Cory Trivia” for friends and family back in Massachusetts, said his mother, Beth.

“This online service is wonderful for two reasons,” Beth Garwacki said. “It keeps everybody at home informed about Cory’s progress. It would be impossible to keep everybody up-to-date on Cory. Also, he loves going to the message board to read what people are writing to him.”

TLContact began offering the CarePage service in October 2000, intended for people facing hospitalization, chronic illness, pregnancy or extended care. The company was founded by Eric Langshur, an aviation executive who created a Web site to update friends and family when his son underwent heart surgery.

Contacts:
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016, Marc.Lukasiak@chp.edu
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,Melanie.Finnigan@chp.edu

Last Update
February 20, 2008
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February 20, 2008
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