Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Illness Motivates Former Mellon Ceo's Gift Frank Cahouet Helps Establish Resource Center for Parkinson's

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Illness Motivates Former Mellon Ceo's Gift Frank Cahouet Helps Establish Resource Center for Parkinson's

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Frank Cahouet met many challenges in his banking career, including the turnaround of Mellon Financial Corp. nearly three decades ago, but none of them helped prepare the former CEO for the Parkinson's disease diagnosis he received in his early 80s.

Mr. Cahouet, now 83, left his doctor's office with a prescription for medicine, counsel to begin physical and speech therapy, and a slew of questions about what lay ahead. Already dealing with hand trembling and other muscle contractions from the disease, he was overwhelmed in a way uncharacteristic for a man who had been one of the region's top business executives.

"You know you've got it, but you don't know what to do," the Sewickley Heights resident recalled. "You've got to have somebody to talk to, and this isn't a five-minute conversation. You've got to have a feeling there's a team around you."

With his own experiences in mind, Mr. Cahouet donated funds to Allegheny Health Network that enabled its recent creation of the Cahouet Center for Comprehensive Parkinson's Care in Bellevue, which attempts to streamline services and information for patients. The center is housed on the third floor of a building that was already owned by AHN at 575 Lincoln Ave.

AHN neurologist and Parkinson's specialist Timothy Leichliter has begun seeing patients there each Thursday to supplement his existing practices at Allegheny General Hospital and in Pine. The benefit of the new center, Dr. Leich-liter said, is that speech and physical therapists will be present on the same day to evaluate patients, who normally would have to make separate appointments and visits to see therapists.

In addition, the Cahouet Parkinson's center represents a collaboration by AHN with the Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania, which recently moved into first-floor offices in the same building. …

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