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CCM Holds its First Annual Black Tie, White Coat Gala

Mon, 10/13/2014
The Department of Critical Care Medicine held its First Annual Black Tie, White Coat Gala on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Held in the Mueller Ballroom at the Heinz History Center in downtown Pittsburgh, the evening included a silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner, and a short program, during which several patients shared their stories of having received care from the clinicians and staff in our ICUs. Susan Koeppen of KDKA-TV was the event’s emcee, and she included her story of needing critical care. These personal experiences were heartwarming, and helped remind those in attendance of the importance of the work done in CCM.

Also during the evening’s program, the inaugural Safar Award for Services to Critical Care Medicine was presented to Dr. Ake Grenvik, one of the founders of our department. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Grenvik recalled how he first came to Pittsburgh at the behest of Peter Safar, and presented his valuable perspective of CCM’s initial founding and subsequent growth.

Not only did the evening celebrate our history, but we looked forward to the future. The gala kicked off our fundraising campaign, The Next 50. For fifty years, CCM has trained the finest intensivists, and housed researchers who conducted important and innovative research. We aim to continue on this path for The Next 50 years.

We hope all who attended had a fabulous time, and that many more can join us next year!

The above gallery includes a small selection of photos from the evening. For the full index of photos, including all the red carpet pictures, click here.