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  • Next Magnet Monday – November 12
  • FOHC Annual Reception & Civil War Lecture Series Kick Off – October 17
  • Philly AANN Fall Fling – October 18
  • Cultural Diversity Conference 2012 – October 26
  • 8th Annual History of Women’s Health Conference Call for Papers  – Deadline November 2
  • 2012 Penn Medicine/Philly Heart Walk! – November 4 
  • Penn’s Way 2013 – Until November 16
  • Mental Health During the Civil War:  Thomas Story Kirkbride and the PAH for the Insane Exhibit – Until September 1, 2013

Next Magnet Mondays – October 8 & 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!

October 8          Benchmarking and Data — We CAN be the Best!

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.



FOHC Annual Reception & Civil War Lecture Series Kick Off – October 17

Please join us on Wednesday, October 17, at 5:30 pm for a lecture and reception honoring our valued donors. The Friends of the Historic Collections are invited to the Helen McClelland Conference Room, 2 Pine West, to hear Joseph-James Ahern, senior archivist, University of Pennsylvania Archives, discuss “The University of Pennsylvania and Medical Education in the Civil War Era.”  Ahern is the author of Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (Arcadia Publishing 1997) and the on-line publication, University of Pennsylvania in the Civil War (2011).  Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by October 15, to Stacey Peeples, PAH curator-lead archivist at 215.829.5434 or 



Philly AANN Fall Fling – October 18

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) is sponsoring a full day of Neuroscience CEU’s open to all neuro nursing geeks and all seeking CNRN re-certs and nursing continuing education. Thursday, October 18, from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

Morning schedule
7:30 – 8:00       Registration and Welcome

8:00 – 9:00       Neuro Endocrine: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Karen March, RN - Penn Nursing Alumni

9:00 – 9:10       Break

9:10 – 10:10      New Interventional Techniques in Neuro Radiology

Mandy J. Binning, MD  

10:10-10-20      Break

10:20-11:20      Epilepsy and Medical Treatment: Why It Works and Why It Doesn’t

Amanda Krause, RN and Brian Litt, MD - Penn Medicine 

11:20-12:20      Epilepsy and Surgical Treatment:

Why It Works and Why It Doesn’t

Kathryn McGill-Armento, RN and Gordon Baltuch, MD – Penn Medicine 

12:20 – 1:30      Lunch

Afternoon schedule

1:30- 2:30         Updates in Battlefield Medicine: Mild TBI Care Program and Policies

Katherine Helmick, RN  

2:30 – 2:40       Break

2:40- 3:40         Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Sarah I. Woodrow, MD  

3:40 – 4:40       Understanding Brain Tumors

Alisha Amendt, CRNP - Penn NSU Alumni  

4:40-4:45          Evaluations and Closing Remarks



Cultural Diversity Conference 2012

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

Where:   Philadelphia Heart Institute, Room 106 – 1st floor conference room

Who:       The principal audiences are nurses, nurse managers, social workers, and allied health professionals. However, the conference is open to anyone interested in attending.

Cost:       $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



Join Penn Medicine/PAH and Support the 2012 Philly Heart Walk!

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 here 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



Penn’s Way 2013

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.  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.



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

For more information, please or e-mail call Stacey at 215-829-5434. 


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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