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Donor Spotlight: National Fuel

February 28, 2018

Pat Fuhrman

In December 2015, 24-year-old Ali Fuhrman tragically lost her life in a car accident that also critically injured her father, Pat.

Pat works at National Fuel, and last year he approached his employer to ask if the company would be willing to sponsor the cost of Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) training, a nationally recognized program, in honor of his daughter.

National Fuel generously agreed to make the $20,000 commitment to bring the program to UPMC Hamot in a financially self-sustaining way. 

Nurses who complete this training are named “Ali’s Angels” as a tribute to the incredible young woman whose life left an everlasting mark on this earth.

Twenty-eight nurses from northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York have completed the course so far, and a few of them were selected to become ATCN trained instructors able to administer the training again without any additional financial support. The program requires nurses and physicians to work side by side as they are directed through ATCN skill stations and trauma simulations to prepare them for multiple traumatic injuries.

Implementation of this course at UPMC Hamot has further elevated the level of care that we provide to our patients, and a portion of the funds that were raised to establish Ali’s Angels was also used to provide bereavement training and support for nurses.

Thank you to National Fuel for making this possible!

It’s only because of the support of great partners like National Fuel that Hamot Health Foundation is able to further health care in our community.