UPMC’s February Issue of First Friday Offers a Front Seat to Healing


First Friday is a digital monthly magazine shared with UPMC employees. It aims to capture the spirit of innovation, dedication to caring, and attention to quality that permeates the work done across UPMC every day. This is the first year that this internal magazine will be available to the public.

The path forward is not always easy — often riddled with roadblocks and bumps along the way. But whether it’s receiving care, working toward professional goals, or making the next innovative leap, you can take comfort in knowing that you are not on the journey alone. UPMC is here to support its employees, patients, members, and communities as they heal, grow, and take on the next big challenge ahead.

The February issue of First Friday highlights this support by showcasing the important work being done daily by UPMC peer specialists, and how UPMC is lending a hand in easing the financial burden of our physicians working closely with our communities. From the most recent School of Nursing graduation to groundbreaking, innovative advancements, take a deeper look at how UPMC is extending their support to all:

Start With a Win

Wins are made through persistence and perseverance. UPMC Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot recently celebrated the graduation of 60 students. Learn more about one of these recent graduates and her journey.

A Front Seat to Healing: Inspiring Through Lived Experience

Peer specialists with UPMC Western Behavioral Health foster hope that a mental health condition can be overcome and serve as valuable role models for those who are walking the road to wellness.

Easing the Burden of Exceptional Care

The Physician Inclusion Council at UPMC and Pitt (PICUP) is an Employee Resource Group aimed at bringing together physicians and health care professionals from diverse backgrounds through various programs and opportunities, including the Physician Student Loan Repayment Program.

Chronicling 10 Years of Innovation

From robots to sequencing DNA, First Friday has shared the stories of UPMC making innovation a daily occurrence. Look back at just a few of the many stories featured as the magazine celebrates 10 years.

Note: some links are only accessible for UPMC employees and will not open for external readers.