Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Patient Care

New Penn Medicine Cherry Hill Celebrates Grand Opening

By Greg Richter | October 14, 2016 | Comments _DB46311

Penn Medicine Cherry Hill, a new 150,000 square foot outpatient facility, celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting last night at its location at 1865 Route 70 East in Cherry Hill, NJ. With 28 specialties and expanded radiology and laboratory offerings in one building, the new facility allows patients to... Read more

How to Run a "Safety Net" Health System

By John Shea | September 16, 2016 | Comments image from

Accompanied by her family, Patricia Gabow holds her Distinguished Graduate Award. By now, Patricia A. Gabow, MD 1969, GME 1973, is probably used to standing out in a crowd. As a student in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, she was one of only six women to graduate in... Read more

A Welcome Tool to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

By Paul Foster | August 26, 2016 | Comments image from

The message was clear at a Thursday afternoon press conference in the Henry A. Jordan Medical Education Center. The opioid crisis in America affects everyone, across all boundaries. “It affects teenagers, who have their entire lives in front of them. It affects elderly who struggle with chronic pain ailments,” said... Read more

Advancing Injury Care for all Americans

By Katie Delach | August 3, 2016 | Comments image from

John P. Pryor, MD, Penn trauma surgeon and a Major in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps (left), and C. William Schwab. On Christmas Day 2008, Pryor was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq with a forward surgical team in the Army’s 1st Medical Detachment when he... Read more

Aromatherapy: How Essential Are Those Oils?

By Sally Sapega | July 20, 2016 | Comments Aroma

Aromatherapy—the therapeutic use of essential oils—has been shown to have a positive impact on a variety of physical and emotional conditions. A recent study showed that the level of anxiety of women in labor decreased after exposure to orange essential oil. Another showed that lavender helped an elderly population with... Read more

Precision Medicine Takes Center Stage at Penn

By John Shea | June 27, 2016 | Comments image from

What once was called “personalized medicine” at Penn used to be practiced primarily by individuals or small groups of researchers and clinicians drawn to its possibilities. But as the cover story in the Summer 2016 issue of Penn Medicine demonstrates, the ability to harness vast amounts of information and apply... Read more

The Dickens Tradition

By John Shea | May 6, 2016 | Comments Helen Dickens

Helen O. Dickens, left, in 1975 Trailblazer. Heroine. Exemplar. These are just some of the descriptive names that can be applied to Helen O. Dickens, MD, who joined Penn’s department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1956 and was the first female black board-certified OB/GYN practitioner in Philadelphia. Among her other... Read more

When Your Care Team is Just an Emoji Away

By Paul Foster | April 25, 2016 | Comments image from

In an effort to cut down on some patients’ return trips to the emergency room, some discharged patients now go home armed with a new tool, one you’d expect to see with a college student, rather than a patient leaving the hospital: a tablet. Often when heart failure patients are... Read more

Penn Medicine’s New Issue: The Power of Partnership

By John Shea | April 8, 2016 | Comments image from

Although Penn Medicine magazine has often run articles on the work of physicians and researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who are associated with the Perelman School of Medicine, this issue’s cover story is perhaps the first to look more broadly at the longstanding relationship between the two institutions.... Read more

Board of Women Visitors Funds Transplant House Updates, Kick-Starts Sustainability

By Abbey Anderson | March 30, 2016 | Comments Transplant.House_Front

In 2015, Penn’s transplant surgeons performed 488 solid organ transplants, including heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas. Of these patients and their families, 150 traveled a great distance for their care at the Penn Transplant Institute – coming from places like Florida, Texas, and California. But while the news of... Read more

Not Your Mom’s Health Care

By Katie Delach | March 28, 2016 | Comments Pitch

“What we heard today… it’s not what people think of when they think about the pace of health care.” That was Roy Rosin, MBA, chief innovation officer at Penn Medicine, who earlier this month gave closing remarks at a unique event in which eight teams of health care professionals from... Read more

Hips Don't Lie; Neither do Radiologists (pt. 3)

By Robert Press | March 14, 2016 | Comments Hip_mri

On this blog, we frequently write about what it’s like to work for — or experience life at — Penn Medicine. What we don’t get the chance to write about very often is what it’s like to see the University of Pennsylvania Health System from the other side: as a... Read more

Penn’s Newest Lab Looks to Human Motion for Answers on Musculoskeletal Injuries

By Abbey Anderson | March 4, 2016 | Comments

People with an interest in exercise, or “human performance,” as some would call it, may have seen the recent experiential reporting done by Dan Childs from ABC News, as he “hit the wall”. Childs, in full workout gear, set out to test the capabilities of his body, which included a... Read more

Saving a Life ... in 24 Hours

By Sally Sapega | February 17, 2016 | Comments Kim Pimley cropped more

Saving a patient’s life can take days, weeks or even months. But, in the case of Kim Pimley, a patient with a rare, deadly heart disease, a combination of teamwork, solid clinical knowledge, and lifesaving technology administered over 24 hours made the difference between life and death. The clock starting... Read more

Who Is the Cookie Doctor?

By John Shea | January 29, 2016 | Comments Cookie Doctor cover

Peter T. Pugliese, MD, a member of the Class of 1957 of what is now the Perelman School of Medicine, has had a varied career. Becoming a doctor was, he says, “a long and arduous trip.” Along the way, “I found God, lost him, and found him again. . .... Read more

What’s the Big Idea? Cancer Leaders to Talk Precision Medicine

By Steve Graff | January 6, 2016 | Comments Lab

In a few weeks, top minds in the city and state will gather to discuss one of the hottest cancer topics in healthcare: precision medicine. It’s a term many have heard, seen on a billboard, or even experienced, but what does the omnipresent buzzword really mean today—and for tomorrow? For... Read more

Does Your Infant Have a Safe Sleep Environment?

By Sally Sapega | December 18, 2015 | Comments SIDS pic

Each year, approximately 4,500 infants in this country die in their sleep, from SIDS (sudden infant deaths) or other sleep-related causes. Although some of these deaths can’t be explained, studies have shown that in nearly 90 percent of these cases, the infant was in an unsafe sleep environment, which led... Read more

Expanding Care for a Growing Population

By Abbey Anderson | December 14, 2015 | Comments Scale

Over 78 million adults and nearly 13 million adolescents. These staggering numbers represent the number of Americans who are obese. With these individuals making up nearly one-third of the country’s population, many of whom live here in the Philadelphia area, the need for effective, durable, and safe obesity treatment—like bariatric... Read more

The Family and Lab Behind a ‘Precious’ Donation to Basic Research

By Karen Kreeger | November 20, 2015 | Comments image from

In 2009, Sarah Gray found out during a routine ultrasound that one of the twins she was carrying had anencephaly, a fatal genetic condition where the brain and skull don't fully develop. After his death, she and her husband donated Thomas’s organs and tissues and since then, have been tracking how they've been used. Read more

Communication Doesn't Always Require Speaking

By Sally Sapega | November 4, 2015 | Comments IMG_3614

Effective communication between patients and their health-care providers is an essential part of care but communicating is not always as easy as it sounds. For example, language differences can interfere with communication, as can cultural backgrounds. A lack of health literacy is another significant stumbling block. If a patient doesn’t... Read more

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