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Women's Health Highlighted at Event in Support of Magee-Womens Research Institute

3/20/2009
Filed under Foundation newsand Yoel Sadovskyand Magee-Womens Hospital

Reprinted from Highmark's HighWire newsletter

Dr. Yoel Sadovsky, Magee-Womens Research Institute's scientific director, talks about the importance of research in women's health

Pittsburgh women are lucky to have access to one of the world's premiere women's health centers in Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Highmark is a strong supporter of women's health, which is why our
company recently hosted an event featuring Dr. Yoel Sadovsky, research director of Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) a non- profit research center for women’s health. The customer event was in support of MWRI, and was followed by a performance of Menopause The Musical at the Byham Theater in
Pittsburgh.

Dr. Sadovsky's message about women's health was one that resonates with many Highmark employees, because approximately 70 percent of them are women. "The event was a female focused, cross-company initiative where Highmark, Highmark Foundation and HM Insurance Group came together with our female clients to celebrate a milestone in every woman’s life – menopause," said Mary Butler-Everson, senior vice president Products, Partnerships & Marketing Management, HM Insurance Group.

Sadovsky spoke of MWRI's place in making Pittsburgh one of the country's leading centers for health sciences and his role studying high-risk pregnancies and the possibility of someday providing
preventive medicine before people are born.

He also covered myths and insights about menopause and women's health.

"It was a great evening of female kinship and comedy to support a tremendous community asset," said Butler-Everson. "Magee-Womens Research Institute is the only research center in the country
dedicated to the health and well-being of women and infants."

Musical puts women's health at center stage

Menopause The Musical takes a comedic look at the change experienced by all women as they age. The musical encourages an open dialog about issues of aging and women's health.

The 90-minute production features parodies from the 60s, 70s and 80s, with a salute to women who are now experiencing "the change." Since 2001, Menopause The Musical has been performed around the
world and in 250 U.S. cities.

A portion of the performance's proceeds are donated to regional ovarian cancer chapters.

To learn more about the research being conducted at MWRI, visit What We Do.

To support the research being conducted at MWRI, visit How To Help.