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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC CEO Roger Oxendale Honored for Commitment to Kids With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Oxendale to be recognized by Arthritis Foundation during annual Testimonial Dinner

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC CEO Roger A. Oxendale is being recognized for his commitment to children from throughout the region who are afflicted with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and other pediatric conditions.

Oxendale is the guest of honor at the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation’s upcoming 26th annual Testimonial Dinner and Gala. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport.

The Arthritis Foundation is excited to recognize Roger for his commitment to children and their families throughout western Pennsylvania afflicted with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis,” said James A. Taylor, board chair of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and president of ABARTA Oil & Gas Company. “Under Roger’s leadership, Children’s Hospital has established one of the largest and most respected pediatric rheumatology programs in the United States.”

At a time when many pediatric hospitals are unable to offer even a single full-time pediatric rheumatologist, Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Rheumatology has established one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric rheumatology programs in the United States. It is led by Raphael Hirsch, MD and includes six full-time faculty and a support team of medical specialists.

“I’m honored by this recognition from the Arthritis Foundation and I’m proud of the accomplishments of Dr. Hirsch and his team,” said Oxendale, also the president of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “It is their hard work and dedication on behalf of young children that have made the program what it is today.”

Oxendale, who received his MBA from Clarion University, joined Children’s Hospital in 1995 as chief financial officer. Appointed chief operating officer in 2000, Oxendale helped found Children’s Community Pediatrics, the largest pediatric and adolescent primary care medical network in western Pennsylvania. He was appointed president and CEO in January 2005. In his current role as CEO, Oxendale is guiding Children’s Hospital toward completion of a new premier campus that is scheduled to open in May 2009. He was named president of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation in April 2008.

The Testimonial Dinner and Gala raises money to support research and educational programs for children and adults from the region who are living with arthritis. The honorary chair of the event is Louis D. Astorino, FAIA, CEO and chairman of Astorino, and the master of ceremonies is James C. Roddey.

The Arthritis Foundation’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter provides services to more than 10,000 people each year. It provides educational materials on various forms of the disease, medications and other treatment options. Community education programs also help people learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of the disease early and encourage prompt treatment to limit disability from arthritis.

To order tickets ($200 each), or for more information about the event, please contact David Martin, senior director of development, Arthritis Foundation, at 412-566-1645 ext. 1105 or

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