Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Community

What We've Been Up To: January and February, in Pictures

By Robert Press | February 21, 2015 | Comments

If you feel like you've seen an awful lot of "Hey, check out some shots from the grand opening of [insert massive medical facility here]!" lately, that's because, well ... yeah, we've been opening a whole bunch of new space. In just the past few months we've celebrated the opening... Read more

Removing Barriers to Breast Cancer Care

By Olivia Fermano | February 13, 2015 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/15021321/9c9ef157-fe05-4d2c-85e5-28de26e2480c.png

I overheard a breast cancer patient once say: There is only one thing worse than having cancer – not being able to afford it. Sobering. Financial cost remains a barrier to cancer screenings - let alone cancer treatment - among lower income women. While multiple factors contribute to racial and... Read more

The Trend: More than a Twitter Sidebar

By Robert Press | December 5, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14120517/ef8774b6-3264-4137-8771-02f4522ceb1c.png

I've always found one of the most fascinating aspects of social media to be its Hemingway-like quest to pack as much information into as small a space as possible. What started with Xanga and LiveJournal — two of the many longform blogging platforms us angsty teenagers of the early 2000s... Read more

Providing a Place to Give Thanks

By Olivia Fermano | November 27, 2014 | Comments Becker

The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article, "Drama at the holiday table: It's not about the food," that made the rounds to newspapers all across the U.S. in anticipation of Thanksgiving, the official kick-off holiday of the season. The story explores the source of drama behind so many meals as... Read more

Penn Medicine Day in the Life 2014

By Robert Press | November 12, 2014 | Comments

It’s fall, and with fall come a few annual traditions: the leaves changing color, pumpkin spice everything, Christmas decorations a full two months early, and — most relevant to us here at Penn Medicine — the Day in the Life project. It’s a yearly visual documentation of life here at... Read more

Ebola Virus Disease: The Facts Are Important

By Holly Auer | November 6, 2014 | Comments SLP_1734- Brennan

Patrick J. Brennan, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is an infectious disease physician and a former director of tuberculosis control for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In this guest post, he writes to share important information about the Ebola virus... Read more

What IS a day in the life at Penn Medicine?

By Robert Press | October 20, 2014 | Comments

So tomorrow is the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Day in the Life project, and we’re pretty excited. I’ve taken photos for two previous Day in the Life projects during my time here at Penn Medicine (you can find those here and here), and both times I’ve been amazed at the... Read more

Whole Genome Sequencing of Amish Families Reveals Complexity of Bipolar Disorder

By Karen Kreeger | September 16, 2014 | Comments Lonestar

Perelman School genetics professor Maja Bucan, PhD, told me of her deep appreciation for the work going on at the clinic: “From my first visit to the clinic [Clinic for Special Children], I knew I wanted to be part of their team as a collaborator.” Read more

Two Diseases Can’t Keep ACC Patient off His Bike

By Steve Graff | September 8, 2014 | Comments Photo (2)

Abramson Cancer Center patient Marc Barag started training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer about two years ago—he just didn’t know it. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and enduring 96-hour sessions of chemotherapy, Barag decided to jump on an exercise bike he spotted on the infusion center floor one day to... Read more

A Visionary Dean, 44 Years Before Health Care Reform

By John Shea | September 3, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14090320/c9c7f241-b235-4975-ba4d-1443c9bda5aa.png

Alfred A. Gellhorn, MD Compare these two quotations. First: “Medical want in the midst of medical riches is an unconscionable inequity, and it could be socially explosive. Good medical care for some of the people some of the time is no longer acceptable; competent medical care for all of the... Read more

Making History and Progress with the National Veterans Wheelchair Games

By Greg Richter | August 25, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14082520/9c6b9153-3ce1-4600-bd5e-07979e1606ee.png

This year marked the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest games yet, with over 650 men and women competing in softball, quad rugby, basketball, power soccer, and other events in Philadelphia and South Jersey. I had the opportunity to attend part of the games a few weeks ago and see... Read more

Penn Medicine Unveils New University City Facility

By Katie Delach | August 21, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14082120/e4d987ce-c168-4534-8ec6-a9cd893f1c0a.png

Just one month shy of two years since the official groundbreaking ceremony, earlier this month we opened the doors to Penn Medicine University City, our newest outpatient facility that’s taking care delivery to a new level by encouraging patients to be actively engaged in their treatment. A preeminent example of... Read more

Making the Summer Count

By Karen Kreeger | August 15, 2014 | Comments SUIP_Poster Session_1

Every summer, the news is filled with profiles of summer student programs, and those that are aimed at increased participation by minority students in STEM are no exception. The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program at Penn Medicine is one such program. Read more

Penn Medicine News: Now in Video Form!

By Robert Press | August 11, 2014 | Comments

One of the things I love most about technology — and specifically, the Internet — is that it has made the dissemination of information easier than ever before. I’m typing this on a laptop that is only slightly larger than a textbook but could, in no time at all, download... Read more

Our Most Important Social Media Metric: You.

By Robert Press | July 21, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14072118/e3a68e72-3c43-41a7-a479-25bd24554af9.png

Social media has been around for about two decades now, believe it or not. The concept of it dates back all the way to 1994, with the now largely defunct GeoCities — which most of the technologically-inclined members of my generation used to build at least one very, very ugly... Read more

"Break" from Cancer a Turning Point for Patient

By Sally Sapega | July 16, 2014 | Comments Daryl Robinson cropped

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines respite as “a short period of time when you are able to stop doing something that is difficult or unpleasant.” The trips that For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation provide for patients clearly fit that definition. The all-expense-paid vacation is a chance for the patient –– and... Read more

Education: A Professional and Personal Commitment

By Greg Richter | July 14, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14071416/6b4ccbcf-ad00-407d-9522-55df4bcb9788.png

As a workforce development consultant at Penn Medicine Academy, Kerry Nihill is passionate about creating opportunities. Through on-site degree programs, a learning ambassadors program, managing new employee orientation, workshops, and other initiatives, Nihill strives to help Penn Medicine employees reach their professional goals. Naturally, this dedication to helping others reach... Read more

What’s History Got to Do with It?

By Olivia Fermano | May 27, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14061221/8dc273cc-dad2-4bd9-9521-d201bb570cf2.png

Preserving a Precious Past: Pennsylvania Hospital’s Curator-Lead Archivist Talks Shop Some may debate over whether or not Philadelphia deserves to be called “The City of Brotherly Love.” However, no one can contest that it has earned its rightful place in U.S. history as a "Birthplace of America.” Philly is chock-full... Read more

2014 Philadelphia Science Festival Recap

By Karen Kreeger | May 20, 2014 | Comments

It’s only been a little over two weeks since the end of the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival, but the inspiration, as well as love and knowledge of science that Penn Medicine faculty, staff, and students shared with members of the public, will last far into the next year.

PPMC's Take Your Child to Work Day 2014 — in photos!

By Robert Press | May 9, 2014 | Comments

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC)’s annual Take Your Child to Work Day — wherein hundreds of children are led through various stations in the hospital, learning about the inner workings and interesting aspects of a daily job at the hospital — fell on April 24 this year, and featured stations... Read more

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