Programs


The injury prevention department at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is part of the Department of Trauma. As a Level I Trauma program we have access to the most updated trauma statistics for our area and are able to base our programs on the needs of our communities. In addition, we partner with many hospital departments to bring a full range of services to our projects and involve as many employees as possible to keep injury prevention in everyone’s focus. Our community partnerships include law enforcement, EMS, fire departments, school districts, community agencies, businesses, parks and recreation and families. Our programs are funded by Kohl’s Foundation, The Allstate Foundation, American Trauma Society - PA Division, and American Academy of Pediatrics.

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is a 313-bed regional pediatric referral center that has provided comprehensive primary and specialty care to infants, children and young adults for more than a century. The hospital, renowned for its pediatric centers of excellence, is also the only accredited Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in western Pennsylvania and one of only three Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. The mission of the hospital is to improve the health and well being of all children through excellence in patient care, research and education and to serve as a resource for the entire community.

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Contact Info

For additional information about injury prevention at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, please contact Chris Vitale, Program Manager at (412) 692-8229 or christine.vitale@chp.edu.

Mapping address: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224



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Injury Free Coalition for Kids - Pittsburgh, at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has a mobile home safety van to enable us to take our hospital Safety Center on the road to meet the needs of families with transportation challenges. The van simulates a home setting and allows us to provide home safety education, free safety resources, and hands on skill training. The van hit the road in June of 2018 and visited schools, pediatric offices, churches, and community events.

Contact Information

Chris Vitale MSN, RN
Injury Prevention - UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
412 692-8229
christine.vitale@chp.edu
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224



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Barbara A. Gaines, MD

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Professor of Surgery and Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Surgeon-in-Chief
Clinical Director, Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Barbara A. Gaines, MD is the Principal Investigator for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Injury Prevention Program. She is a pediatric surgeon and professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a medical degree from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Gaines serves as Associate Surgeon-in-Chief at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In addition to her administrative responsibilities at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, she teaches medical students, pediatric surgery residents and pediatric surgery fellows in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Gaines academic and community outreach interests include childhood injury prevention.

Contact Information

Email Address:
barbara.gaines@chp.edu

Phone Number:
412 - 692 - 7280

Mailing Address:
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Department of Surgery
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Ward M Richardson, M.D.

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Director of Trauma and Injury Prevention

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Ward Richardson is the new Director of Trauma and Injury Prevention at UPMC Children's Hospital. Dr. Richardson earned his medial degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at UPMC. He also completed his fellowship in pediatric surgery at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he served as associate trauma medical director since 2016. Dr. Richardson is passionate about pediatric trauma care and injury prevention, and has been actively involved in a number of trauma initiatives. Most notably, he is the surgical advisor for the youth violence prevention program, the Flipside, working monthly with at-risk youth from the Pittsburgh region. In addition, Dr. Richardson leads the development of the trauma simulation program at UPMC Children's Hospital and is actively involved in trauma process improvement initiatives. Dr. Richardson is an active member of the Pediatric Trauma Society.

Assistant Professor of Surgery Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Contact Information

Email Address:
richardsonwm@upmc.edu

Phone Number:
412 692-8449

Mailing Address:
4401 Penn Avenue
Faculty Pavilion, Rm. 7141
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Christine A. Vitale MSN, RN

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Manager - Injury Prevention; Program Coordinator

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Chris Vitale is the injury prevention manager for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and has been the program coordinator for Injury Free Coalition for Kids in Pittsburgh for the past 15 years. She has over 35 years of experience in trauma care and injury prevention, including clinical, education, administrative and community outreach. Chris developed and coordinates the following programs: Reality Education for Drivers, The Safety Center, Child Passenger Safety, Hard Heads, The Flipside – Violence Prevention, and FOCUS – Teen Safe Driver Initiative. An experienced grant writer, she has received more than three million dollars for injury prevention programming. She is a core team leader of the Allegheny County Child Death Review Team and also a member of multiple state, county and community boards.

Contact Information

Email Address:
christine.vitale@chp.edu

Phone Number:
412-692-8229

Mailing Address:
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Department of Trauma
Injury Prevention
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


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Chris Vitale, MSN, RN is available to answer your group's questions via telephone or e-mail.

Jordan James, MPH, CHES

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Community Programs Educator

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Jordan James is a Community Programs Educator in the injury prevention department of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Jordan has Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland University and master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. While studying for her master’s degree she also obtained a certificate in Evaluation of Public Health Promotion and Health Education Programs and in 2019 became a Certified Health Education Specialist. Since her undergrad days, Jordan has worked with underserved communities in and around Michigan and Pennsylvania and since graduating has provided health education to a variety of different age groups. Jordan works with families and community members to provide education to prevent childhood injuries from occurring.

Contact Information

Email Address:
jamesje5@upmc.edu

Phone Number:
4126925931

Mailing Address:
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Injury Prevention
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Marie Pagnotta, MPH

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Community Programs Educator

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Marie is a Community Programs Educator with the Injury Prevention Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In this role, she educates families on ways to stay safe, including at home and on the road. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and the coordinator for Safe Kids Allegheny County. Previously, she served at the Allegheny County Health Department for five years. As the Public Health Administrator II in the Chronic Disease Prevention program, she oversaw the Safe and Healthy Communities initiative and the Live Well Allegheny campaign. Both initiatives promoted ways for people across the lifespan to live safely and increase healthy lifestyle. Marie graduated in 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, with her Master’s degree in Public Health and Certificate in Program Evaluation. She graduated from Marquette University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Health Studies.

Contact Information

Email Address:
pagnottamc@upmc.edu

Phone Number:
412-692-5868

Mailing Address:
4401 Penn Avenue
7th Floor Faculty Pavilion (Inj Prev)
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


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