Penn Medicine News Blog: Posts by Robert Press

Robert Press

As Digital Communications Editor for the Penn Medicine Department of Communications, Rob handles the posting of press releases and overall maintenance of the Penn Medicine News site. He also has a hand in Penn Medicine's social media outreach, and assists with photography and light technical support within the office. Prior to arriving at Penn Medicine, Rob was a journalist and medical reporter in the South Jersey area. He is a graduate of Rowan University, with a bachelor's degree in Journalism.


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In late February, Penn Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Center joined forces with the City of Philadelphia to wrap up American Heart Month by offering free cardiovascular screenings for city employees. The screenings, which included blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments, peripheral vascular screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screens, are preventive  measures to detect early evidence of heart and blood vessel disease.

In addition to the screenings, Rosetta Lue, Chief Customer Service Officer and Deputy Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia, shared her personal story of overcoming a cardiovascular infection that led to heart failure — an experience which led her to become a heart health advocate.

Elsewhere at Penn Medicine, mid-March brought with it Patient Safety Awareness Week — which, at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, means a safety fair with presentations by units and departments from around the hospital, culminating in a loud and highly competitive game of Jeopardy among faculty and staff.

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Making Their Mark on the Future: A Beam Signing at Penn Medicine

In late January, many Penn Medicine employees braved the cold to sign two steel beams situated in a parking lot across from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. One beam will sit atop the Pavilion for Advanced Care (at 38th and Powelton Streets), while the other will top Penn Medicine University City (at 3737 Market Street).

The six-story Pavilion for Advanced Care is slated to for completion in November 2014, with move-in and patient occupancy to begin in early 2015. At 13 stories, Penn Medicine University City will house eight floors of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center’s newest space for ambulatory care as well as new clinical practices for Surgery, Neurosciences, Allergy and Immunology, the Musculoskeletal Center, and Otorhinolaryngology, along with a six-OR Ambulatory Surgery Facility, Outpatient Lab and Radiology. Penn Medicine University City is scheduled to open next summer, with patient care starting in August 2014.

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Penn Medicine In the News: Philly vs. the Polar Vortex

It has been difficult to avoid the term polar vortex this week, as an aberration in Arctic winds led to much of the country experiencing dangerously low temperatures. Though Philadelphia escaped the worst this phenomena had to offer, temperatures in the city still dropped to their lowest point in several decades.

Aside from being an inconvenience, temperatures that low create serious health concerns. Local news outlets peppered each day's coverage with stories about how to stay safe, how the city was reacting and how medical systems were handling the situation. Penn Medicine physicians were quoted in a multitude of these stories, which we've collected below.

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A Day in the Life at Penn Medicine

Each autumn, the University of Pennsylvania showcases its myriad activities — scholarly and otherwise — in a photo project called A Day in the Life. One day a year, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., everybody at UPenn is invited to submit photographs of what they're up to at any particular time. The result is a massive collage — a pool of photographs that best represent the diversity of daily experiences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Penn Medicine participates as well, pulling together individuals and resources from all over the health system so we can cover the vast multitude of buildings, services, groups and people found within our walls, presenting them in a slideshow that is not at all indicative of everything we do here — but it's a pretty good start.

From the lowest floors of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania all the way to the top of Penn Tower, from Philly to Botswana and Guatemala, this is A Day in the Life at Penn Medicine.

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse behind the scenes of events — both the everyday and the extraordinary — that happen here. Some of these photos you may already have seen floating around in an online slideshow or accompanying an article on various Penn sites, others have not previously seen the light of day. All of them represent another experience I'm thankful to have had here at Penn Medicine. The following is a look back over July and August.

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A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse behind the scenes of events — both the everyday and the extraordinary — that happen here. Some of these photos you may already have seen floating around in an online slideshow or accompanying an article on various Penn sites, others have not previously seen the light of day. All of them represent another experience I'm thankful to have had here at Penn Medicine. The following is a look back over late May, June and early July.

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A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Month or So Around Penn Medicine

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse behind the scenes of events — both the everyday and the extraordinary — that happen here. Some of these photos you may already have seen floating around in an online slideshow or accompanying an article on various Penn sites, others have not previously seen the light of day. All of them represent another experience I'm thankful to have had here at Penn Medicine.

The following is a look back over late April and early May.

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A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Month or So Around Penn Medicine

In a previous post, I noted that most of my work as Digital Communications Editor takes place online, rarely expanding beyond the reaches of my keyboard. But that was five months ago, and six months since I got my first in-depth view of the whole Penn Medicine enterprise while shooting photographs across campus for the Day in the Life photo project. Since then, I've taken on an additional role as “in-house photographer.” Now, I find myself getting out from behind the keyboard pretty frequently, accompanying press officers to various events and happenings around Penn Medicine's facilities to turn my camera’s lens toward a wide variety of happenings in the patient care and research world. It has been wonderful — a welcome development.

In what will hopefully be a regular series on the Penn Medicine News Blog, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse behind the scenes of events – both the everyday and the extraordinary – that happen here. Some of these photos you may already have seen floating around in an online slideshow or accompanying an article on various Penn sites, others have not previously seen the light of day. All of them represent another experience I'm thankful to have had here at Penn Medicine.

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Penn Medicine and the Day in the Life Project: A Lesson in Scale

IMG_8896As a Digital Communications Editor, much — if not all — of my typical day is spent behind a keyboard in a regular office separate from our clinical facilities. For someone who is relatively new to Penn Medicine, this can create issues of scale. You’re told from the very beginning that the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) is huge, but with no real reference point to hold that statement against, it may lose some of its impact.

With that in mind, I approached this year’s Day in the Life project with enthusiasm. Along with Kim Menard — who handled the mammoth tasks of scheduling and ensuring I didn’t get lost — I spent Nov. 14 taking hundreds of pictures around the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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