Across Penn Medicine, practices continuously seek out ways to support their communities. During this season, those sites also aim to bring joy to patients and staff; some of whom may not be able to spend the holiday season with loved ones. Many Penn Medicine community practices, Clinical Care Associate practices, and Penn Home Care and Hospice Services celebrated the Holiday season in unique ways. Here are just some of the ways Penn Medicine helped brighten the holidays for those in need:At Zubrow, Kershbaum and Cohen at Pennsylvania Hospital, employees donated items to Child Abuse Prevention Effort (CAPE) who will designate the items to those in need in their mission to prevent child abuse and neglect in Philadelphia communities.
Earlier this month, Gary Dorshimer, MD, of Penn Personalized Care, invited his patients to a complimentary evening of education and health tips on nutrition and physical activity during the holiday season. The speaker was Jim McCrossin, MS, ATC – the head athletic trainer and strength & conditioning coach for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Delancey Medical Associates at Pennsylvania Hospital collected three large boxes of food for Philabundance, as well as toiletries and other needed items to CAPE for teenagers. The collection for teenagers is the practice’s main holiday drive this year. Employees participating in “dress down” Fridays made donations to charities throughout the year. During the Holiday season, they support a family or individual associated with the practice in need of assistance.
Penn Medicine Valley Forge paired up with The Family Service Center of Chester County to “adopt” two families for the Holiday season, providing them with clothes, a basketball, baseball cards, and other gifts.
Family Medicine Kennett is hosting its annual Holiday Food Drive through the end of the year. Staff are permitted to “dress down” on Fridays in exchange for bringing in at least two non-perishable items for the collection. Patients and friends are also encouraged to participate in the food drive. The practice has already delivered eight large boxes of food and aims to deliver at least that much by the end of the year.
Like staff in many other practices, individuals at Penn Medicine Radnor are participating in numerous food drives, but are also conducting stuffed animal drives and sending Holiday cards to a recovering American soldier.
For sixteen years, Christine Bossone, MSN, staff development and nurse educator, has led Penn Care at Home staff in an annual visit to homebound patients to share some Holiday cheer. Medical staff routinely visit these patients to provide various home care and hospice services, including nursing care and rehabilitation therapies. On this occasion, Santa Claus joins other staff in caroling and giving a special gift to each patient in their home.
The Clinical Care Associates’ corporate office supports Philabundance through fundraisers year-round; especially around Thanksgiving. Shortly after Thanksgiving, they start collecting new and unused gifts such as clothing, toys, toiletries, and gift cards. Items collected are donated to CAPE.
“Every year I am always shocked by how much I collect across CCA,” said Collection Organizer Sharon Rensky, procurement trainer. “With so many caring and compassionate employees within CCA, it fills my heart with joy to make so many trips to the dock to load up CAPE’s van.”
For the past several years, CCA focused on supporting teens through CAPE. Starting this year, they donated to all ages from infant to 18 years old. This collection is open to all of CCA; the corporate office as well as the physician practices.
“Giving to those who are less fortunate than ourselves is the true meaning of the holiday, and I’m so proud to be part of a team that is so dedicated to sharing that spirit,” said Rensky. “I look forward to continuing this tradition for CCA in the years ahead and spreading the joy of the season to as many people as we can.”