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National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day

Today, June 7, is National Cancer Survivors Day! It is a time of celebration for the millions of people throughout the world who have battled cancer and come out victorious. Beating cancer is not easy – in fact, it’s one of the hardest things people have to go through in their lives. This day is meant to celebrate milestones and bring attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship.

As a part of that celebration, here are six tales from cancer survivors. Whether you are looking for a bit of hope for your own diagnosis, or just want to read some touching stories, these personal anecdotes will lighten your heart. Life after cancer can and does exist – and it is beautiful.

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Kathy Harris – Breast + Lung Cancer

“I spent 2 weeks in the hospital depressed and crying until my doctor said to me, ‘You can do 1 of 2 things. You can sit here and cry and moan or you can take back your life and be strong and positive.’ I took his advice and I became stronger. I became positive.”

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Danielle Duran Baron – Liver Cancer

“I am constantly inspired by my new friends and their families, many of whom have taught me that there is dignity in suffering and beauty in death.”

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Michael Turek – Pancreatic Cancer

“Through all of this I kept a very positive and hopeful attitude. I have seven great kids who have been there for me, along with my dear friends, colleagues, and even strangers. I have made it to this point without too bad of an effect on my life!”

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Alyceia Kimbrough – Breast Cancer

“I’ve come far since I decided to discard the anger and focus on helping to raise funds and find cures so people like my mother will never again have to say the words, ‘I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.'”

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Trina C - Mesothelioma

“People who went through this with me, saw me at my worst, and now they’re seeing me at my best. It’s been a miracle. Something so horrible has turned into something so good.”

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Howard Tolchin – Brain Tumor

“If you saw me right now, you would never know I had any type of problem. A cancer diagnosis is NOT a death sentence. My wife and I are living proof. I had a brain tumor, I had lymphoma, I had lung cancer, and I’m still here.”

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Gallagher 10th Anniversary Celebration Recap

Gallagher 10th Anniversary Celebration Recap

Gallagher hosted a party last Saturday to celebrate 10 years of being in business. And what a party it was!

The night took place at Latitude 360 in Robinson. Gallagher had the entire second floor reserved, which included a dance floor, full service bar, bowling alley, outdoor patio, and cigar room. Even with all the space, it got a bit cramped with all of the lovely Gallagher employees in attendance!

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Food was served at several food stations throughout the party, encouraging people to mingle. On the menu was carved meat, finger foods like chicken tenders, mozzarella wedges, and quesadillas, a baked potato and mashed potato bar, a custom pasta station, and ball park foods like hotdogs and pretzels with cheese. Overall, it was quite the feast, and everyone had their fill of goodies!

The full service bar provided party goers with plenty of refreshments throughout the night.

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While dinner was being served, the DJ played some videos he had recorded of our employees’ favorite memories from working at Gallagher. Many people laughed at the funny stories and recollections from throughout the years.

As the night went on, awards were handed out to some of our most tenured employees.

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Great prizes were given away all night, including bottles of wine, Amazon Fire TV, an iPad, and a brand new TV!

The highlight of the evening came came the balloon stuffing contest. Competing against each other was Team Kuten, Team Dwain, and Team Ben. Kuten, Dwain, and Ben all put on oversized shirts, and the goal was to stuff them as full as possible with balloons. Their teammates frantically helped by blowing up balloons and shoving them into every crevice of the shirt until it was hard to tell who was who. In the end, victory of the heated contest was awarded to Team Kuten.

IMG_5075Overall, the night was a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who attended and made the night special!

To see our complete collection of photos, check out our photo album on Facebook!

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

Gallagher participated in the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade once again this year and had a blast!IMG_0750

Though the weather was wet and dreary, there was no shortage of fun. Many employees brought their families along to march in the parade and show off their Gallagher pride!

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For our full collection of St. Patrick’s Day photos, check out our Facebook album.

Gallagher was once again a Green Level Sponsor of the parade, which has been named the second biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the entire country.

For further proof of the good times that were had, check out this montage video of Gallagher marching through the streets!

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Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring!

It’s been a long winter, but spring is finally here! Congratulate yourself on surviving one of the coldest winters on record and take pleasure in the fact that the worst (should) be over. Here are some fun spring facts to help you celebrate this glorious day.

  • The very first day of spring is typically March 20 or 21, and is called the vernal equinox. “Vernal” in Latin means “spring,” while “equinox” means “equal night.”
  • Spring lasts approximately three months, until June 20 or 21 (this year it’s June 21).
  • Persephone was a Greek goddess who heralded the coming of spring. She spent winter ruling as the Queen of the Underworld, but returned to earth in spring to help the world be reborn.
  • Who doesn’t love a little spring cleaning? This term actually originated in 1857, so it’s a relatively modern habit!
  • The spring equinox is one of two days in the year in which the sun rises directly due east and sets due west (the other day is the autumn equinox).
  • During spring, the Earth’s axis is titled toward the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, increasing the number of daylight hours and giving us warmer weather.
  • The word “spring” began to be used in reference to the season in the 16th century. Previously, it was used when talking about the source of a river.
  • There are supposed to be 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night on the first day of spring, but it rarely lines up exactly.

The spring equinox occurs at exactly 6:45 PM today, so prepare yourself!

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Today is Wear Red Day!

Today is Wear Red Day!

All across the United States, heart-conscious people are wearing the color red. Why? It’s a part of the Go Red For Women campaign to raise awareness about heart disease!

It started over 10 years ago when a startling fact was realized – more women die from heart disease than men. In fact, one in three women die each year from heart disease or stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Here are a few more facts for you to review. If you’d like to learn more on how to keep your heart healthy, how to determine your risk of developing heart problems, and how to prevent strokes, then please visit the National Wear Red Day website!

FACT 1: Cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.

  • An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
  • 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
  • 80% of heart disease and stroke events could be prevented.

FACT 2: Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease & stroke.

  • Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack
  • The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood – even by some physicians.
  • Women have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.
  • Each year, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke.

FACT 3: Heart disease and stroke affect women of all ethnicities.

  • Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women, killing nearly 50,000 annually.
  • Only 43% of African American women and 44% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk, compared with 60% of Caucasian women.
  • Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 48.9% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only 20% believe they are at risk.
  • Only 50% of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
  • Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.
  • Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.

FACT 4: When you get involved in supporting Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, more lives are saved.

  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.
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Thank You! Gallagher Wins Gold Readers’ Choice Award

Thank You! Gallagher Wins Gold Readers’ Choice Award

Gallagher Home Health Services is honored to have earned the Gold Award for the Best Home Health Care in the Southwest Region. On behalf of all of our staff, we want to thank our loyal patients who voted for us! Our patients are our inspiration and our motivation, and we are so excited to be recognized for the great care we provide to them.

Last year we were selected for a Silver Award, so we are especially happy to have made it to the next level in 2015.

Balloting was held for two weeks in December in the style of a full page questionnaire in the Signal Item, Bridgeville News, and surrounding Pennysavers. After the votes were collected, they were then sent out by Trib Total Media to be tallied and recorded.

The Southwest Region covers a large portion of Gallagher’s main service area, including communities such as Bridgeville, Nevillewood, Carnegie, Heidelberg, Mt. Lebanon, Greentree, Scott Township, Dormont, and Brookline. Trib Total Media reaches over 50,000 homes in this area.

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Caregivers First Initiative

Caregivers First Initiative

Are you a caregiver?

Do you remind your husband to take his medications? Schedule appointments for your mom? Drop off groceries for your aunt? Drive your wife to bingo and her hair appointments? You may be a caregiver. A caregiver is anyone responsible for looking after another person, or helping them manage the activities of daily life.

Do you qualify for the Caregivers First Initiative (CFI)?

CFI is a free program for adult caregivers age 18+ who:

  • Provide care to an older adult age 60+ in Allegheny county;
  • Are experiencing stress;
  • Are struggling with the balance of care-giving and other responsibilities, such as work, family, finances, etc.;
  • Are looking for resources to help.

How will you benefit from CFI?

  • You’ll discover your strengths and how to best use them.
  • You’ll be equipped with new tools and resources.
  • You’ll learn techniques to help you balance everyday life with care-giving.
  • You’ll develop stress management and problem-solving skills
  • You’ll be connected with other caregivers

More about Familylinks Caregivers First Initiative:

Familylinks Caregivers First Initiative (CFI) is a free program that uses an evidence-based approach to support caregivers who are looking after older adults. After an initial screening, a Care Coach will meet with you 12 times in a 6 month period, either at home or over the phone, to provide emotional support, skills training, stress management, and education.


Interested in learning more? Contact Familylinks CFI at 412-924-0400.

Ready to apply for help? Fill out a referral form and return it via fax (412-244-3200), email (rsapienza@familylinks.org), or mail (Caregiver First Initiative Program, Familylinks, 1500 Adrmore Boulevard, Suite 501, Forest Hills, PA 15221).

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Now Hiring: Evening/ Weekend Nurses

Now Hiring: Evening/ Weekend Nurses

Evening/ Weekend Nurses Program

Gallagher Home Health Services – Pittsburgh, PA

NEEDED IMMEDIATELY: RNs and LPNs for weekend and evening shifts

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Voted Best Work Place in 2014 by Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  • Premium pay
  • FT salary plus position
  • With excellent FT benefits package
  • 12 hours availability on Saturdays and Sundays and two evenings per week

Fax/email us your resume to apply or apply online!

For any questions, please call Kathy at 412-279-7800.

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2014 Office Party and Decoration Results

2014 Office Party and Decoration Results

The office staff hosted their own Christmas party on Friday with a variety of delicious holiday foods, games, and fun. Between the Secret Santa exchange and raffle tickets, there was hardly any time to work!

One of the most exciting events of the day was the annual card game. Each employee was assigned a playing card from a standard deck. Then, cards were drawn from the deck. Whenever the card you had been assigned was drawn, you were officially eliminated from winning a prize. Only the lucky three people remaining were rewarded with prizes! Congrats to:

3rd place: Susan Veon

2nd place: Jaycee Adamik

1st place: Lauren Granche

And now… the moment everyone has been waiting for. The results of the heated decoration contest were finally announced on Friday! Votes were collected at the staff party on Wednesday and tabulated. You may have seen some of the intense battling going on between the east office and the Bridgeville office… so now it’s time to see who actually came out on top:

Most Traditional: Donna Kochosky
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Most Original: Home Care
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Most Creative: East Office
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Congratulations to everyone for their Christmas spirit! 

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2014 Gallagher Christmas Party

2014 Gallagher Christmas Party

The annual Gallagher Christmas party was another astounding success this year! This was the first real party held in our new building, which made it even more of an exciting day. Instead of squeezing everyone into a tiny upstairs room as we had in the past, we were able to have the entire bottom floor conference room which was much more spacious.

The party featured many exciting events, including voting for the best decorated office space! Staff milled through each and every desk, and then voted on who they thought had the “Most Creative,” “Most Traditional,” and “Most Unique” displays. The winner will be announced Friday, December 19, at the office Christmas bash.

ugly sweater contest winnerThere was also an ugly Christmas sweater contest. While there were many hideous entries, there were only four that could come out on top:

  • 3rd place : Angela Levdansky
  • 2nd place: tie for Michael Kuten and Lisa Stiller Maiolie
  • 1st place: Heather Sloss

Congratulations to Heather and her revolting sweater creation!

In between contests, there was food, fun, and opportunities to win prizes. There was also a gift exchange for those who brought a gift under $20 with them. And as always, Santa was in attendance spreading holiday cheer! For more photos from the party, check out the Gallagher Home Health Services Facebook page!

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