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50 Years…It’s a Long Time!

50th-Emp-Serv-AwardsCompared to PAH being the nation’s first hospital which just celebrated its 262nd anniversary this past May, celebrating employee service for the past 50 years may not seem like such a long time. However, much has changed medically, technologically, and socially over the past five decades.

Fifty years ago…

There was no Civil Rights Act.
No Equal Rights Amendment.
No one had ever performed a coronary angioplasty and man had yet to set foot on the surface of the moon.

Fifty years ago at PAH, there was…

No Preston Building.
No Cathcart Building.
No Widener Building.
No new wing on the Spruce or Hall Mercer Buildings.
No Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center on the corner of 9th and Pine
No Farm Journal Building.
No Penn Medicine.
No Penn Medicine Washington Square.

Fifty years ago, instead of physician offices and practices, the 301 South 8th Street side of the Duncan Building was the Student Nurses Residence. If male staff were to enter the building, they had to open the door and yell in, “Man on the floor!” before they could enter.

Fifty years ago, there was no such thing as a Gamma Knife or Cyber Knife or deep brain stimulation – three modern medical technologies synonymous with PAH today. There were no CT scans or MRIs or even automatic blood pressure machines. There were no cell phones or PCs and the only computer the hospital had was in the Hub Building – where Widener now stands. A one floor building dedicated to housing the single, main frame computer of the hospital.

Living in such a rapid-fire age of change and advancement, it truly was cause for celebration that colleagues and love ones were able to gather once again to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Employee Service Awards.

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