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November 2
"Periop Jam 2013" – 4th Annual PPMC Nursing Perioperative Conference 

November 2 & 3
Penn Medicine Appearance & Identity Conference 

November 3
National Brain Tumor Society Race for Hope 5K Walk/Run

November 4
HAP Achievement Awards Presentation at PAH

November 9
2013 Penn Medicine Heart Walk 

November 15
Penn’s Way Campaign Ends 

November 18
10th Annual Nursing Conference at PAH

November 21
The Great American Smoke Out


"Periop Jam 2013" – 4th Annual PPMC Nursing Perioperative Conference
November 2
/Free Continental Breakfast at 7:30 am.
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Scheie Eye Institute
Kozart Auditorium (Basement Level)
Presentations: 8:00 am to 12:45 pm
4 CE pending approval.
Free to UPHS employees; Free parking also available.
Registration required at a later date. Contact: 



Appearance & Identity Conference - Looks DO matter; Experts Explain Why
November 2 & 3
Join Penn's Center for Human Appearance and international experts for a discussion about issues of self and identity, the impact of appearance on individual and corporate success, medical advances in facial aesthetics, as well as ethical and psychological considerations regarding appearance interventions.
Register online today!



National Brain Tumor Society Race for Hope 5K Walk/Run
November 3
Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Join team Penn Pioneers as a walker, runner or volunteer for this family-friendly race benefiting the National Brain Tumor Society. Penn is a flagship sponsor of this very worthy event. There is no registration fee for walkers and team t-shirts will be available the day of the race for a donation. Volunteers get a t-shirt for free for their dedication and time!
To register or donate to a specific participant click here.



HAP Achievement Awards Presentation at PAH
Monday, November 4,
 at 2 pm, in the Zubrow Auditorium
Help celebrate the HAP (The Hospital and Health system Association of Pennsylvania) 2013 Achievement Award presentation to our PAH colleagues November 4.
HAP President, Andy Carter, will visit Pennsylvania Hospital to personally present the award to Maria Vacca, RN, BSN, PCCN, CIC,  Diane Angelos, RN, MSN, and fellow winning team members for their Patient Safety entry, Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection in a Neurological ICU Using a Proactive Approach to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Bundle


2013 Penn Medicine Heart Walk
November 9
Philadelphia-Heart-WalkWalk alongside the Penn Medicine community, American Heart Association (AHA) and people of all ages from the Philadelphia area at the 2013 Philadelphia Heart Walk and support the fight against heart disease and stroke!

 Penn Medicine will once again support the American Heart Association’s Philadelphia Heart Walk, held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Citizens Bank Park. This year, for the 15th Annual Heart Walk, the Penn Medicine challenge is to raise $135,000 and recruit more employees, patients, friends and families to walk with us than ever before.

 By participating in the Heart Walk, you will help fund groundbreaking research to develop new therapies and better treatment options for cardiovascular disease and stroke

To become a team captain, register as a walker or make a donation, please click here, or contact Kate Balog, Business Development Director for the American Heart Association, at 215.575.5241 or If you are already registered, you are encouraged to view the Heart Walk Participant Tool Kit for fundraising ideas and resources.

PAH Penn Medicine Heart Walk team leaders are Danielle Heffner and Joanne Ruggiero.

Employees who sign up are also eligible for the 2013 incentives.  Learn more about the Heart Walk Incentive Program today!


We are MAKING A DIFFERENCE through Penn’s Way
November 15, Campaign Ends

You are invited to participate in the Penn’s Way 2014 campaign which kicked off October 1, and continues through Friday, November 15.

Penn’s Way, the Penn Medicine and University of Pennsylvania  workplace charitable giving campaign, continues to be recognized as one of the most successful and generous campaigns in the region. Unprecedented participation levels last year enabled us to exceed our $1.4 million goal for local charitable organizations. Through the combined strength of both the University and Penn Medicine faculty and staff, we are confident that this year’s campaign will reach our goal of $1.45 million to support the communities in which we live.

Our Pennsylvania Hospital goal for the 2014 campaign is $111,000, with 90 percent participation.

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 Center for Responsible Funding, and United Way. All three agencies focus on the health of our community, and together we can help build stronger neighborhoods, improve the quality of life and provide options for healthier living for all people in our region.

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 for the complete list of Department Captains, to track our progress and learn about upcoming Penn’s Way events –  such PAH Penn’s Way Fairs. 

If you have any questions, please ask your Department Captain, or one of the campaign coordinators:

Through Penn’s Way, our collective generosity allows us to make a broader, more immediate impact on the vulnerable populations we serve and support the communities in which we live and work. Let us demonstrate the difference we can make by helping others in the community and giving to organizations that support our mission.  Each one of us can make a difference through Penn’s Way.


10th Annual Nursing Conference at PAH
Nurses Thriving in an Age of Change
November 18
Pennsylvania Hospital
Zubrow Auditorium
Register via Knowledge Link (“10th Annual Nursing Conference”)
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hospital Department of Nursing Education


The Great American Smoke Out
November 21 - Make it Your Quit Day!!!
UPHS is proud to join the American Cancer Society in promoting the Great American Smoke Out on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Did you know that tobacco use is the single-most preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States? In fact, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in this country.

This year you can earn Healthy Reward points for joining the Great American Smoke Out challenge in the Healthy Rewards site and quitting for the day OR supporting a loved one or co-worker quit for the day. Log in to join the challenge!    

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