Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Penn CAREs

MLK Day at Penn Medicine: Celebrating His Legacy—and Ways to Give Back

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Here at Penn Medicine, we are celebrating his birthday—and lifelong legacy—by serving our communities and patients with “Days of Caring” events over the next month as a way to give...

Penn Medicine News Blog Remembers Veterans Day

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As our Nation takes a moment to salute and recognize the courageous men and women who served in our armed forces, the News Blog looks at Penn Medicine’s continuing support to one Philadelphia institution making a difference. On November 11, 1918, an armistice between Allied nations and Germany went into...

Penn Medicine CAREs Luncheon Recognizes Employee Community Service

Earlier this month, UPHS CEO Ralph Muller, Susan Phillips, senior vice president for public affairs, and Judy Schueler, BS, MS, vice president, organizational development, chief human resources officer, joined Penn Medicine staff and friends for a luncheon recognizing this past year’s Penn Medicine CAREs grant recipients. Continuing its commitment to...

Trying to Give Trauma Docs a Breather

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“I want to put trauma doctors out of business.” Rhonda Holmstrom, Trauma Outpatient & Injury Prevention Coordinator, says this with a smile, knowing it’s not a realistic goal, but she –- and other members of the trauma team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -– are reaching out...

Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Helps Prevent Youth Violence

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Most Penn Medicine CAREs grants expand existing programs or start new ones that support community health. In the case of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Violence Intervention Program, a CAREs grant extends a program already making a difference that may not have received enough funding otherwise. After a young...

Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Helps Bring Healthy Living Education to Seniors

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Officially our nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital has been a stalwart pillar of its surrounding Philadelphia community since its founding in 1751. No wonder than, with over two and a half centuries of history and continuous service behind it, the hospital inspires its employees to “give back” to the community....

Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Helps Care for More Patients at Puentes de Salud/Bridges of Health

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Robert Bonacci’s passion for medical care for Latinos developed well before he entered medical school. As an undergraduate student, Bonacci studied Spanish and studied abroad in Argentina. Bonacci also studied tubercolosis epidemiology and tobacco use in Mexico on a Fulbright scholarship. Considering this background, this second year Perelman School of...

Simply Because

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“The needs that call Penn Medicine to action in the community are profound. Twenty-five percent of Philadelphians live in poverty – that’s nearly 400,000 adults and children – and one in seven city residents have no health insurance. Hunger and homelessness remain, still, throughout the city. These societal problems only...

Penn Medicine 2012 Year in Review

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Taking a look back, 2012 has been a year marked by breakthroughs in medical research, system-wide growth, and landmark philanthropic support for Penn Medicine. As we set our sights on the year ahead, we also celebrate the past year's accomplishments and give thanks to the outstanding faculty, staff, and students...

Preserving Fertility in the Face of Cancer

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At any one time, Penn Medicine investigators run as many as 3,000 studies involving human subjects, generating knowledge about disease and finding new cures. And making sure these studies run smoothly are 700 clinical research coordinators who do everything from recruiting patients and administering medication to collecting the data that...

Penn Medicine Reaches Out

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UCHCFrom providing screenings for high blood pressure in West Philadelphia barber shops to arming women who are recovering from addiction with the skills to build new lives with their children, Penn Medicine’s employees reach far beyond our campus community to help, care for, and inspire people to improve their health. Each year since 2007, Penn Medicine has highlighted the work of its faculty, staff and students in Philadelphia and its neighboring communities in Simply Because. Last year’s book is full of the faces and stories of everyone who comes together to be part of these programs.

Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Helps Fight Homelessness in South Jersey

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"The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped," said former U.S. Vice-President...

Connecting Kids to Careers

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Janelle Harris, CNII, Jaime Thomas, CN IV, Maria Nicolas, CNII, Sitha Dy, CNS and Jocelyn Blaisdell, NM Two years ago, a group of HUP nurses on Ravdin 9, a surgical unit, joined the hospital-wide Community Outreach Committee. The committee would help the Hospital renew its prestigious nursing Magnet certification, but...

A Strong Start for Kids When they Need it Most

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It’s 8:30 a.m. at Infant Friendship Center (IFC) of the Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC). Already bustling with activity, storytime on one floor, kids learning letters and numbers in the next room, sing-a-longs on another floor, the center has been hopping since it opened at 7 a.m. Chris Ambrose, MELC...

A New Vision for Better Eyesight in East Parkside

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(From left to right: Hugh Hamilton, Peter Chansky, Ranjoo Prasad, OD, and Douglas Worrall) Serving the East Parkside community since 1995, the United Community Clinic (UCC) draws from skills and resources of students and staff from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Social Work to offer many free critical...

Penn Medicine Mother and Daughter Part of HERO Team

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From Left to Right: Wanda Rogers, RN; Aliya Rogers, RN BSN; Darlene Andrews, LPN; and Dolores Stanford, RN. Aliya Rogers, RN, BSN, is well versed in Hospice care. As a nurse case manager at Penn Wissahickon Hospice, Rogers manages a census of hospice or pre-hospice patients, including visiting them three...

From West Philadelphia to Haiti

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Top row- left to right-Jean Thelisma, Beth Attig, Kim Wooding, Karla McIntosh Bottom row-Marisse Thelisma, Johanne Louis, Michelle Edwards, Mitza Jeune Since its start in 2004, the Vermase Foundation, a faith-based non-profit relief organization based out of Upper Darby, provides food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to those facing famine,...

Service Link at Sayre Removes Barriers to Medical Care in the Community

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Service Link at Sayre Removes Barriers to Medical Care in the Community Located at 59th and Locust, The Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Jr. Sayre Health Center is a full-service, primary care health facility serving the needs of West Philadelphia residents since it opened in 2005. Like many health care providers...

Perelman School of Medicine School Students Put New Skills Into Action Serving West Philadelphia Community

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First row: Jessica Zha, Lova Sun, Pandora Chua, Nancy Aitcheson Second row: Vishal Arora, Ben Ranard, John E. Nawn, Alex Rosen Service to the community goes hand-in-hand with becoming a practicing physician, and it shines through the medical clinic operated by Perelman School of Medicine students at the University City...

Reiki Therapy Sees Early Success at Penn Wissahickon Hospice

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Last year, Sharon Civa, Entity Information Officer, Corporate Information Services, had a lifelong family friend who was admitted to the inpatient hospice unit at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse. During the month that her friend was in the unit, Civa often visited and admired the work of the team caring for...

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