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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Hosts 4th Annual Conference on Children's Health and the Environment

Children's President and CEO Roger A. Oxendale will deliver keynote address

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will host the 4th Annual Conference on Children's Health and the Environment, an event focusing on important issues in children's health that are affected by the environment.

The conference will be Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Children's. It is organized by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, and is jointly sponsored by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III; George Washington University Medical Center; and Children's National Medical Center of Washington D.C.

Roger A. Oxendale, president and CEO of Children's, will offer the keynote address beginning at 8:15 a.m. Other speakers will provide important information on pediatric environmental health issues, including the effects of environmental exposures on asthma and cancer. Health care professionals from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia are expected to attend.

Under Oxendale's leadership, Children's has been recognized as a national leader in pediatric environmental issues. Children's has designed and is building one of the first environmentally sustainable, or "green," pediatric hospitals in the country. At its new campus under construction in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Children's is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for two buildings.

"Building an environmentally sustainable pediatric hospital goes hand-in-hand with our mission of improving the health and well-being of children and their families. We are proud to be at the forefront of hospitals building 'green' campuses," Oxendale said. "By incorporating features such as a Healing Garden and using resources such as energy, water, materials and land more efficiently, our goal is to improve the health of our patients, our employees and the residents of the community."

Other representatives from Children's presenting at the conference are: Jay K. Kolls, MD, chief of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy, and Immunology; David Nash, MD, clinical director of the Asthma Center; Randall Phelps, MD, PhD, a fellow in the Child Development Unit; and Goutham Rao, MD, clinical director of the Weight Management and Wellness Center.

The conference will include sessions focusing on pediatric environmental issues including the built environment; asthma and the environment; neurocognitive issues involving heavy metals exposure; environmental exposures and cancer and environmental exposures and newborn outcomes.

Learn more about Children's new building project.

Editor's Note: Those interested in attending can call 412-692-5016. Members of the media who are interested in attending the conference can call 412-692-5325 after hours or on the weekend to have a member of the media team paged.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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