Photo Opportunity: Senator Santorum Tours Family House.
WHAT: United States Senator Rick Santorum will visit Family House
Neville to tour the facility and meet guests including
transplant candidates and recipients.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Family House Neville, 514 North Neville Street (Oakland section
WHY: Family House is an independent not-for-profit 501 (c)(3)
organization and the largest hospital hospitality house in the
nation. A special "home away from home" for adult patients
and/or families who must travel to Pittsburgh for treatment of
serious or life-threatening illnesses, Family House offers an
affordable, comfortable and supportive environment which does
much to ease the emotional and financial burden that frequently
accompanies long-term illness.
During his tour, Sen. Santorum will meet and speak with a
variety of guests including transplant candidates and
recipients. His visit coincides with National Organ and Tissue
Donor Awareness Week (April 16-22). Senator Santorum has been a
strong proponent of Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) regulations that call for changes to the organ allocation
system and has sponsored or supported legislation to protect the
interests of patients. Under the current system, organs are
allocated on a geographic basis with little regard to medical
urgency. This results in several inequities, including extended
waiting periods and disproportionately high numbers of waiting
list deaths in some parts of the country, including in western
Approximately 7,000 families annually use Family House which
operates a total of 97 guest rooms at three facilities in the
Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Patients from a number of local
hospitals including, UPMC Health System, the Oakland Veteran's
Administration, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and The
Western Pennsylvania Hospital, are accommodated each year.
Ground-breaking for a much needed fourth facility to be located
at 5245 Centre Avenue in Shadyside will take place in May, 2000.
CONTACT: Carolyn Grady of Family House, 412-647-5808, or fax, 412-647-5809, or firstname.lastname@example.org.