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Pittsburgh Hospital Teams with Pirates Baseball Club in Unique Effort to Encourage Teen Handwashing, Prevent Spread of MRSA
Date:4/21/2009

"All Great Athletes Have Great Hands" Poster Features Gold Glove Outfielder Nate McLouth, Three Teen Athletes

PITTSBURGH, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), in partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club and the city's Northside Leadership Conference, announced today the launch of a new campaign designed to raise awareness among teenagers about the dangerous skin infection MRSA and how regular hand-washing can help prevent its transmission.

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MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, occurs mostly in healthcare settings but an increasing number of cases are being reported in community settings such as high schools.

AGH's new campaign, "All Great Athletes Have Great Hands," features Pirates Gold Glove outfielder Nate McLouth and three athletes from the city's Northside high schools, Oliver, North Catholic and Perry Traditional Academy.

"Handwashing is the cornerstone of infection prevention efforts," said Sharon C. Kiely, MD, MPM, Medical Director, Quality & Patient Safety at AGH. "As healthcare professionals dedicated to infection control, we applaud these outstanding athletes for helping us educate teenagers about this issue and the importance of adopting a simple habit that will help them stay healthy and active."

The centerpiece of the handwashing campaign is an eye-catching poster, "All Athletes Have Great Hands," featuring McLouth, North Catholic basketball guard Ashley Bellovich, Perry Traditional third baseman Jake Gross and Oliver quarterback Donte Jones.

AGH infection control personnel will also visit area high schools to address assemblies about the
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