Press Release: Medical Ethics Discussion From Local Authorities Focus of ACLA Presentations

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 9, 2015)…. Do you have end-of-life directives?  How can you make sure those directives are clearly conveyed?  How might a natural disaster, like Hurricane Katrina, impact those directives?   How do medical personnel make decisions in such extreme circumstances?  The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is pleased to announce the following presentations on medical care ethics from local experts.  Sarah Stockey, Clinical Ethics Fellow/Supervisor Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, and Jason Byron, Manager, Medical Ethics, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, will share information and answer questions at local libraries about medical ethics training and implementation in hospitals and during emergencies.  The discussions will also include end-of-life directive options and how patients can effectively express medical care wishes. Read the rest of this entry »


Press Release: 2015 One Book, One Community Features Five Days At Memorial

For Immediate Release

Pittsburgh, PA (February 10, 2015) – The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is pleased to announce its 2015 One Book, One Community selection – Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink. Physician and reporter Fink masterfully reconstructs the events at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina in August of 2005, in the tradition of the best investigative journalism and the finest writing on medicine.

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From the Author

Hello Pittsburgh and Allegheny County! Thank you for adopting Five Days At Memorial for this year’s One Book, One Community program.

The devastation that Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans’ failed levees unleashed on Memorial hospital and the controversial decisions made in their wake grabbed my attention years ago and have continued to hold it. People engulfed in those events and the murder investigations that followed have often described what played out over five days and two city blocks as an endlessly layered onion. I think they are right. Read the rest of this entry »


One Book, One Community Through the Years!

books2Begun in 1998 in Seattle, Washington, the One Book concept was developed to build a sense of community while promoting literacy. In 2003, Allegheny County chose To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, as its first One Book, One Community. Prejudice and tolerance was the central theme, which intertwined in programming and discussions. The inaugural program was a success.
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