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'Spirituality and Health' First Presentation in SVC Series on Aging Sept. 19

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Posted: Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

September 11, 2012

Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication, and Education will present Dr. James Reilly, M.D., MPM, FACS, associate chief medical officer and director of clinical effectiveness at Excela Health, as the first speaker in the fifth edition of its lecture series on Aging and Spirituality at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, at the Fred M. Rogers Center. His presentation is entitled, “Spirituality and Health: A Doctor’s Perspective.” Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Reilly joined the Excela Health staff in May of this year. A general surgeon by training, Dr. Reilly has extensive experience in utilizing various process improvement methodologies such as LEAN. As associate chief medical officer, he works with the Director of Clinical Resources and the Chief Medical Officer in developing new programs and processes that enable Excela Health to deliver care to patients more effectively.

Dr. Reilly joined Excela Health from Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York, where he was the director of the Department of Surgery since 1993. Over that same time period, he was a professor of clinical surgery at SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine.

A Pittsburgh native, Dr. Reilly previously was program director of the general surgery residency program for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and later chairman of the Department of Surgery for Mercy Hospital.

He also has experience in nutrition support, having spent 10 years at Presbyterian University Hospital as director of nutrition support service, concurrent to employment with Heinz Nutrition Institute.

Board certified in surgery and surgical critical care, Dr. Reilly earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his surgery residency including a fellowship in surgical nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital.. Through the Harvard School of Public Health, he participated in a program for Chiefs of Clinical Service. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management (Health Policy) from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University.  He is a 1964 graduate of the Saint Vincent Preparatory School.

Upcoming presentations in the series include Mary Alice Armour, R.N., BSN, Wellness Center Director, Saint Vincent College, “Spirituality and Wellness – Mind, Body and Spirit,” Wednesday, October 10; and Thomas Antos, M.D., FACP, geriatric and internal medicine specialist, “Medical and Formative Spiritual Perspectives,” Wednesday, November 14.

Persons of all ages are welcome to attend and share in the discussion and questions.

Parking for the physically challenged is available at the Fred M. Rogers Center. All participants may park in Parking Area A and enter the Rogers Center at the first floor entrance.

Reservations are not required. For additional information, phone 724 805-2522.

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