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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Mourns the Passing of its Beloved Medical Director

A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 13, 2006, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Eugene S. Wiener, MD, unexpectedly passed away today.

For more than 30 years, Gene has been an integral part of the hospital - sharing his medical talents and true passion of caring for all children and their families.

"All of the staff here at Children's are deeply saddened by the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gene's family as they go through this difficult time," said Roger A. Oxendale, Children's president and chief executive officer. "We share in their sadness. He will be sorely missed by all of us who had the privilege of working with him. Gene was a great colleague and friend, and I have learned so much from him over the years. Children's will not be the same without him."

Gene has played a key role in the development and design of the new hospital in Lawrenceville. Design philosophies were the result of Gene's vision and his one-of-a kind knowledge of the organization -- no one knew the operations, processes, people and culture of Children's Hospital like Gene, added Oxendale. Like no one else, Gene's dedication and influence will make a difference for the next century as Children's moves and operates from its new campus.

Gene has been a true leader and advocate for children and children's safety issues over the years. As the hospital's chief physician for all quality and patient safety issues, Gene played a key role in the 2002 implementation of a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system that replaces handwritten orders with legible text and supports physicians with instant access to information about patients and medications. Under Gene's leadership, Children's became the first pediatric hospital to fully implement CPOE, which greatly reduces the risk of medication errors.

"Gene was a dynamic physician, a wonderful man and a great friend. Children's certainly lost one of the best today," said Mary Jo Howard Dively, Esq., chair, Children's Board of Trustees. "His leadership skills were second-to-none, and he was a role model for thousands upon thousands of young, aspiring physicians. This is a great loss to everyone at Children's and the medical community, which he proudly served."

Gene had long been involved in advancing the treatment of childhood cancer. His involvement included serving as senior surgeon on the Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study Group and as a member of the Children's Oncology Group, the nation's largest clinical research organization devoted to pediatric cancer. His work and talents certainly made a huge difference to thousands of children suffering from cancer.

Memorial Service
On Thursday, July 13, friends, family, patients and colleagues of Children's late Medical Director Dr. Gene Wiener will gather to share memories and to celebrate his decades of service to the hospital. The ceremony will be held from 4 - 5 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, a few blocks from the hospital. A reception at Soldiers & Sailors will immediately follow the ceremony from 5 - 6 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Editor's Note: Photos of Dr. Wiener are available by contacting Children's media relations team at 412-692-5016.

Dean Walters, 412-692-5017 or 412-692-6956,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016 or 412-692-5502,

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