Hospital Foundation and OBGYNs Bring New Technology to UPMC Northwest

In the realm of gynecological surgery, advancements in technology continue to enhance the safety and efficacy of procedures. One notable development is the utilization of the LigaSure Generator for the removal of fallopian tubes during c-section deliveries or for postpartum sterilization immediately after vaginal delivery. Historically, surgical sterilization has been a bilateral partial salpingectomy or tubal ligation, which means that only a portion of the fallopian tube is removed. This technology allows the surgeon to remove both fallopian tubes safely and completely by sealing tissues and preventing excessive bleeding. Full removal of the fallopian tubes, or total bilateral salpingectomy, reduces a patient’s risk of ovarian cancer by approximately 65% and provides improved contraceptive rates compared to historic tubal ligations. This innovative technology is now in use at UPMC Northwest thanks to two new OBGYNs and the Northwest Hospital Foundation.

Emily Carbaugh, MD and Kristin Romutis, MD joined the UPMC Northwest medical staff last September. They both completed their medical residency at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. Drs. Carbaugh and Romutis deliver babies and perform surgeries at UPMC Northwest and see patients at their physician offices in Clarion and Franklin.

In their residencies, the doctors trained and practiced in using the LigaSure Generator to perform postpartum bilateral salpingectomies for sterilization. With the Northwest Hospital Foundation’s donation of this device for the Family Birthing Center, Drs. Carbaugh and Romutis can apply the state-of-the-art skills they learned in residency to treating patients here in Venango County.

“It allows us to perform two procedures in one, the delivery and the bilateral salpingectomy, so it reduces risk of complications and prevents the patient from needing to have a second surgery,” said Dr. Carbaugh. “This technology allows us to be at the forefront of providing this service.”

Dr. Romutis added, “Patients are getting preferred care every time because we have a safe device to do it. We are very grateful to the Foundation for equipping us to provide the best possible care for women and families.”

For more information about the Northwest Hospital Foundation, please visit or contact Theresa Edder, Executive Director by calling 814-676-7145 or emailing

From Harness Maker to Modern Day Philanthropist

Photo of State St. in Oil City, circa 1915-1918. Levi Newsome’s saddle and harness shop was located at 109 State St. Photo courtesy of Oil City Library.

Harness maker Levi Newsome, Jr. died in 1967.

This year, he purchased 36 new patient recliners for UPMC Northwest.

Born in 1881 in Oil City, Levi Jr. was the son of Levi Newsome, Sr. and Mary Newsome. Levi Sr. was a well-known saddler and harness maker who moved to Oil City in 1862 and established a harness shop on State Street. After his father’s death in 1903, Levi Jr. took over management of the business. His mother Mary’s passing in 1926 was the impetus for Levi to establish a trust for the maintenance of a room at the Oil City Hospital in her memory.

Oil City and Franklin Hospitals merged in 1992 and became part of UPMC in 2001. In 2003, the newly built hospital, UPMC Northwest, opened its doors. Throughout these changes, the Levi Newsome Trust has continued to ensure the highest quality in our hospital’s patient rooms. It most recently funded the purchase of new recliners to replace those missing or damaged in rooms across four units.

UPMC Northwest maintenance employees Ryan Beichner and Greg Dehner adjust one of the new recliners purchased by the Levi Newsome Trust.

Recliners provide a comfortable place for patients and visitors to rest during their hospital stay or visit. Being in the hospital can be stressful, but homey touches like reclining chairs in patient rooms make it a little less so. Levi Newsome’s fund provides for amenities like these that improve the patient and visitor experience and foster physical and emotional wellbeing.

Though Levi died 57 years ago, his legacy lives on in the patient rooms at UPMC Northwest. Patients and visitors will relax and recuperate in the chairs he purchased for many years to come, finding hope and healing together in our hospital.

Just like Levi, you can leave your legacy by making a planned gift to the Northwest Hospital Foundation. Making a bequest in your will, naming Northwest Hospital Foundation as a beneficiary on your retirement account, or creating a charitable remainder trust costs you nothing today and makes all the difference tomorrow.

For more information about making a planned gift, please contact Executive Director Theresa Edder at or 814.676.7145.

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