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  • October 20: PAH Team Hope – Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • October 24: PAH Penn’s Way Fair
  • October 25: JKCC Breast Cancer Awareness Month Public EventHealth Living:  Reducing Your Risk of Cancer
  • October 26: Cultural Diversity Conference 2012
  • October 27: Employee Flu Vaccine Campaign
  • October 29: 32nd Annual Molly and Sidney N. Zubrow Award Program
  • Deadline November 2: Annual History of Women’s Health Conference Call for Papers
  • November 4: 2012 Penn Medicine/Philly Heart Walk
  • Until November 5: PAH Auxiliary Now Accepting Requests for Funding
  • November 12: Next Magnet Monday
  • November 14: JKCC Look Good, Feel Better – A Day of Beauty
  • Until November 16: Penn’s Way 2013
  • Until September 1, 2013: Mental Health During the Civil War:  Thomas Story Kirkbride and the PAH for the Insane Exhibit

October 20
PAH Team Hope – Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
5K Run and Walk to benefits the American Cancer Society

Memorial Hall, West Fairmount Park
  7 am
Opening Ceremony:
  7:30 am
5K Run and Walk begin at 8 am

Come support the Pennsylvania Hospital Team and this worthy event! Proceeds from this event help the ACS offer services such as providing rides to treatment for breast cancer patients and help women get access to mammograms.



PAH Penn’s Way Fair October 24
11 am to 1 pm
Elm Garden Cafeteria
Come and meet reps from 16 agencies across Penn Medicine, United Way and the Center for Responsible Funding.
For more information and to donate visit the Penn’s Way web site


Breast Cancer Awareness Month Public EventHealth Living:  Reducing Your Risk of Cancer –  October 25
Thursday, October 25 from 5 – 7 pm
Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard Street
This community education program about healthy living focuses on breast and prostate cancer. Experts from the Joan Karnell Cancer Center will present the latest information on cancer prevention, nutrition and genetics.
Registration is required. To register, please call 215.627.2493 or 215.829.6466. 



Cultural Diversity Conference 2012 – October 26
Join Penn Presbyterian’s Cultural Diversity Committee on October 26, for its third annual Cultural Diversity Conference, Health Care Reform: Reshaping Access and Delivery of Care to Vulnerable Populations. This year’s conference will focus on issues around health care reform including politics and ethics, health disparities, and the future of charitable care with special guest speaker The Honorable Chaka Fattah, US Congressman, Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District.

When:     Friday, October 26, 7:00 am - 4:00pm
:   Philadelphia Heart Institute, Room 106 – 1st floor conference room
:       The principal audiences are nurses, nurse managers, social workers, and allied health professionals. However, the conference is open to anyone interested in attending.
:       $5 for UPHS employees and students with a valid ID; $20 for non-employees
*Check or cash (in person) is accepted.


  • Rep. Chaka Fattah - U.S. Congressman, Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District 
  • Keynote Speaker: Rita K. Adeniran, DrNP, RN, CMAC, NEA, BC - Director of Diversity and Inclusion; Global Nurse Ambassador, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 
  • Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD - Professor of Law, Earl Mack School of Law at Drexel University and Professor of Health Management and Policy, Drexel University School of Public Health
  • Gail Kimble - Chief Human Resource Officer, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Kathleen Witta, RN, MSN, GNP-BC, GWOCN - ACE Unit, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Thomas M. McCormick, Jr., MBA - Associate Vice President, Patient Accounting, Penn Medicine –Corporate Finance

For questions, please contact Crystal Mitchell at or Colleen Bynum at For more information, or to register, please click here.



Employee Flu Vaccine Campaign Starts – Until October 27
As you know, Penn Medicine has joined leading health care organizations across the country in requiring seasonal flu immunization for all faculty, staff, students, volunteers and contracted personnel in order to protect patients, employees, family members and the community from influenza infection through annual immunization. Over past recent years, 99 percent of PAH and UPHS employees have been vaccinated for seasonal influenza. Getting the flu vaccine reduces the risk of illness for our staff and helps keep our patients, colleagues, and families safe and healthy. UPHS has been recognized by the State of Pennsylvania for this key patient safety initiative.

Provided at PAH free of charge, seasonal influenza vaccines are needed annually for maximum protection. The 2012-13 seasonal influenza vaccine protects against the three most likely influenza strains expected to circulate this year, all of which are different from those in the prior year’s vaccine.

In order to receive seasonal flu vaccine through Employee Health, employees must have a pre-printed, bar-coded Employee Influenza Vaccination Consent Form. The Form is pre-printed with the employee’s name, department and job title. Click here to get a step-by-step guide to print your Flu Consent Form.

For the more information and the complete schedule of vaccination dates and locations, just click on the “Get Your Flu Shot!” button on the PAH Intranet page For questions, please contact Maureen McLaughlin, CRNP, MSN, MBA, at 215.829.6461 or



32nd Annual Molly and Sidney N. Zubrow Award Program – October 29
Health Care Reform and the Future of American Medicine
The Thirty-Second Annual Molly and Sidney N. Zubrow Lecture and Award Program will be held Monday, October 29, at 5 pm in the Zubrow Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Great Court on the first floor of the Pine Building. All are invited to attend to hear guest lecturer Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn, discuss the pressing need for health care reform in the US, the challenges looming, and the future of American medicine. The Molly and Sidney N. Zubrow Lecture and Award Program was established by Dr. and Mrs. Zubrow in 1981 to highlight humanism in medicine.

 For more information and to RSVP please contact Gretchen Murphy in Development at 215.829.6975 or



8th Annual History of Women’s Health Conference Call for Papers  – Deadline November 2
PAH will host its eighth annual History of Women’s Health Conference Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Interested speakers are invited to send a one to two page proposal or abstract of their topic by Friday, November 2, for consideration. 

The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on areas of women’s health from the 18th century to the present and strives to foster an interdisciplinary work environment. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to: overall women’s health/consumer health, obstetrics and gynecology (fertility, infertility, birth control, menopause), female adolescent health (cultural influences, body image, puberty, eating disorders), mental health, aging, the female figure in popular culture, access to health care issues, minority health, nursing, midwifery, and female healers. 

Jacqueline H. Wolf, PhD, professor of the history of medicine, Department of Social Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be the keynote speaker, presenting “Cutting Risk: Obstetricians’ Evolving Views of Cesarean Sections, 1870-2010.”  She is the author of Deliver Me from Pain: Anesthesia and Birth in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and Don’t Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Ohio State University Press, 2001).

The first History of Women’s Health Conference was in 2006, as part of PAH’s celebration in honor of Hospital co-founder Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday. Each year since, scholars from the humanities and health care professionals gather to discuss the past, present and future state of women’s health.  The conference is jointly sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collection. 

Please e-mail proposals to: Stacey C. Peeples, curator-lead archivist, PAH, at more information, please or e-mail call Stacey at 215-829-5434. 



Join Penn Medicine/PAH and Support the 2012 Philly Heart Walk! – November 4
We are pleased to announce that once again Penn Medicine will support the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, on Sunday, November 4, from 8 am to 12 pm, at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia. Our challenge is to recruit the Philly's largest Heart Walk team and reach our organizational fundraising goal of $130,000 – $15,000 of which will be designated for PAH – to aid in the fight against heart disease and stroke – the first and fourth leading causes of death in the US.

Heart disease and stroke are issues that truly impact the fields of medicine and health care and touch our families, friends and all the communities Penn serves. The Heart Walk is a great opportunity to get involved with your co-workers, patients, and loved ones to meet new people, interact with our patients, be physically active, raise money to support the vital work of the American Heart Association and have fun. Walk with us and register today at: and be sure to indicate that you want to join the Pennsylvania Hospital “group” when you sign-up online.

Luann Brady, chief administrative officer in the Cardiovascular Service Line, has been named the company leader for this year and will manage Penn Medicine's Heart Walk efforts. The Facility leaders for Team PAH are Matthew Menard, physician liaison Community Relations coordinator, and Kristine Renshaw, BSN, RN, Cardiology Services coordinator.To learn more about the 2012-13 Heart Walk visit



Allocations Committee of the PAH Auxiliary Now Accepting Requests for Funding – Until November 5
The Allocations Committee of the Auxiliary of PA Hospital is now accepting requests for funding. As in previous years, the Auxiliary will award funds only for the purchase or provision of items, equipment, or programs that directly benefit patients. To apply for Auxiliary funds, please complete the designated form found on the PAH Intranet ( and return it to the Auxiliary office, Pine Basement, no later than November 5.  

The Allocations Committee of the Auxiliary of Pennsylvania Hospital is now accepting requests for funding. As in previous years, the Auxiliary will award funds only for the purchase or provision of items, equipment, or programs that directly benefit patients. Contact the Auxiliary office at 215-829-3279 or email the Auxiliary Office at  to request an electronic copy. Please only submit one form per each request.



Next Magnet Monday – November 12
Come join PAH Nurse Educators as they present topics that will give you knowledge and skills to improve patient outcomes and the work environment on Magnet Mondays from 12 to 1 pm in the Zubrow Auditorium.

“Magnet Mondays are an excellent opportunity to learn skills that can help nurses expand their knowledge and achieve better patient outcomes,” said Bruce Boxer, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, CPHQ, director of Nursing Professional Practice, Education and Quality. “This series consists of programs with educational offerings presented by PAH Clinical Nurse Education Specialists who tailor each topic to make them applicable to every Nursing practice. All are welcome to take advantage of these offerings and let us know what other topics to be addressed. We are always open to suggestions!”

Everyone welcome!

November 12     Quality Improvement-Step by Step
December 17     Applying Ethical Principles to Your Practice

Application for Nursing Contact Hours has been made and pending approval will be granted to nurses attending this program in its entirety and submitting an evaluation of the program. Pennsylvania Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. There is no commercial support for this educational offering. PA Nurses and ANCC COA do not endorse any commercial product which may be discussed in this offering. This program meets ADA requirements and is wheel chair accessible.



JKCC Look Good, Feel Better – A Day of Beauty – November 14
Monday, November 14 from 10 am to 12:30 pm
Joan Karnell Cancer Center, 230 W. Washington Square
Provided in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, this workshop offers beauty techniques, support, courage and a true sense of community to help those facing the challenge of a lifetime.
Registration is required.  To register, please call 1.800.417.9391 or 215.829.5954.



Penn’s Way 2013 – Until November 16
All PAH staff and employees are invited to participate in the Penn’s Way 2013 campaign which continues through Friday, November 16. People who work in health care have a special commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others – and we share that commitment with the more than 6,000 agencies supported each year by the Penn’s Way campaign through Penn Medicine, the United Way, and the Center for Responsible Funding. All three agencies focus on the health of our community, resources to prepare children to achieve, building adult independence, and strengthening neighborhoods and communities. Our Pennsylvania Hospital goal for the 2013 campaign is $108,000, with 90 percent participation.

To make a contribution, or to learn more about the Penn’s Way campaign and the organizations you can support, please visit There you will find agency information, answers to frequently asked questions, and a link to DONATE ONLINE,UPENN.EDU-PORTAL&cosign-isc-seo-portal_prod-0&  You may also click the Penn’s Way banner on our PAH Intranet page to track our progress, learn about Penn’s Way events – like our PAH Penn’s Way Fair on Wednesday, October 24 – and meet the more than 100 PAH volunteers making this year’s campaign possible.



 Historic Civil War Exhibit at PAH – Until September 1, 2013
Mental Health During the Civil War:  Thomas Story Kirkbride and the PAH for the Insane Exhibit – Until September 1, 2013

Be sure to visit the Historic Library and Hallway on 2 Pine to experience Mental Health During the Civil War: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane. This one-of-a-kind exhibit will explore the treatment of the mentally ill during the Civil War period of 1861-65. Brought to PAH by the Hospital’s own Curator and Lead Archivist, Stacey Peeples, this exhibit will be on display until September 1, 2013.


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