News Media Resources Publications Inside Penn Medicine Contact Us for Experts  
  System News | HUPdate | PresbyBulletin | What's New at PAH | Browse Archives  

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.

Do you want to keep up with all the latest news stories about Penn Medicine?

Subscribe to Penn Medicine In the News daily emails! Click here to sign up online if you're not yet receiving one of our email editions.

Or, if you've received an email edition recently, use the "update your preferences" link at the bottom of the email or contact us to subscribe.

Do you volunteer your time or provide supplies to help those in need?

Have you discovered a way to reduce costs while maintaining high quality care?

We're always looking for great story ideas!

Let us know! Click here to send your stories, ideas, and photos to us online now, or email them to [email protected]!

Make it count! Help us keep track of all of Penn Medicine's community outreach activities by filling out the Penn Medicine CAREs reporting form. No contribution is too small to report. Visit PennMedicine.org/community.

Browse More Stories Inside Penn Medicine

 

About Penn Medicine   Contact Us   Site Map   Privacy Statement   Legal Disclaimer   Terms of Use

Penn Medicine , Philadelphia, PA 1-800-789-PENN © 2011, The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania