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March - June
Penn Program for Mindfulness Spring 2014 Course Offerings

March 25-27
Colon & Uterine Cancer Awareness Month Events at PAH

March 26
PAH’s Woman’s Alliance Cribs for Kids
® Fundraiser

March 27
Annual PAH Nursing Research Conference

March 28
PAH Department of Pharmacy Brown Bag Medicine Review

March 30
Deadline Healthy Rewards Program

April 12
Walk to CURE Psoriasis

April 13
19th Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash 

May 1
Deadline for Harrison Fund Applications 

May 3
Million Dollar Bike Ride 

May 16-18
Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s Annual Camp Erin 

October 11-2
Ride to Conquer Cancer©

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Penn Program for Mindfulness Spring 2014 Course Offerings


Mindfulness

  • The Penn Program for Mindfulness is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Management program that teaches individuals how to use meditation as the primary tool for long-term stress management.  Mindfulness meditation is taught in a completely practical way as a powerful tool to manage the physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of stress.  
  • Introduction to Mindfulness:  2-hour workshops in University City (April 21) and in Radnor (Apr 22).
    This 2-hour workshop will give you an overview of mindfulness and how it could potentially improve your health, happiness and quality of life as you reduce stress.
  • Foundation Stress Management Program: 8-week courses starting week of April 28- 9 Classes/7 Locations in PA & NJ
    This highly-acclaimed 8-week course will teach you a variety of meditation techniques to help you to cultivate relaxation, clarity and stillness in your day-to-day life.  You will learn to recognize your unique reactions to stress, to find more effective ways to respond to stressful situations, and discover how to use your own inner resources to find greater health and well being.  Eight 2-½ hour weekly classes plus a full-day retreat.
  • The Power of Attention in Student Learning: Half day workshop – Saturday, May 3

Harness the "Power of Attention". Learn simple mindfulness strategies that promote focus and self-management in a world of distractions.

Healthcare Professional Programs

  • Healing the Heart and Mind:  Mindfulness Meditation for Healthcare Professionals:  8 week course, Thursday evenings, May 1 through June 19. This course is designed for any healthcare professional who would like to learn to use mindfulness meditation as a way to manage stress and enrich clinical practice.

Mindfulness Training (Pre-requisites apply)

  • Practicum in Mindfulness: 9 weeks, Tuesdays, April 22 through June 24.
    This program offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the process of learning mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress management. Taught by Karen Bowles, MD, Director of Professional Mindfulness Training, this class will provide you with a thorough grounding in the ways in which mindfulness is taught and learned. The program combines the experience of a foundation mindfulness-based stress reduction class with analysis and discussion of the class content and process.

    For more information or to register please visit: www.pennmedicine.org/mindfulness.

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PAH’s Woman’s Alliance Cribs for Kids® Fundraiser
March 26

Cribs-for-Kids

Be sure to stop by the Elm Garden Café Cafeteria Wednesday, March 26 for the last chance to support Pennsylvania Hospital's Woman's Alliance who is raising money for Cribs for Kids®. PAH is partnering with the Maternity Care Coalition of Philadelphia and for each $100 raised the Coalition will put together a gift package – including a portable crib – for a mother and newborn in need.

Since 1998, Cribs for Kids has been making a positive impact on the rates of babies dying of accidental death due to unsafe sleeping environments by educating parents on the importance of safe sleep practices and by providing safe, portable cribs to families who cannot otherwise afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.

For more information or donate, contact PAH Intensive Care Nursery nurse Michelle Sohlich-Miller at sohlich@aol.com, or 610-764-5546.

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Colon & Uterine Cancer Awareness Month Events at PAH

RibbonMarch is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Uterine Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the third highest cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Yet, colon cancer can be prevented through proper screening and early detection. If detected early, the five year survival rate of colon cancer is better than 90 percent. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women in the U.S. and the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic cancer.  Again, if caught early, the five-year survival rate of uterine cancer is about 95 percent. Education and early detection are key! Learn more at one of the following awareness events being held this month.

Tuesday, March 25, 11 a.m. – 1:30 pm 
Colon Cancer Prevention Forum
Elm Garden Café Cafeteria at PAH 
The Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital will host a table displayed with educational materials about the causes and prevention of colon cancer and recommendations related to testing, diet, and exercise.  Employees, patients, caregivers, and visitors are all welcome to come speak to ACC-PAH staff for guidance and information.

Cancer-ribbonMarch 25-27
Elm Garden Café Cafeteria at PAH 
An informational display for uterine cancer prevention and awareness 

Thursday, March 27, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Uterine Cancer Prevention Forum
Elm Garden Café Cafeteria at PAH
Speak with Abramson Cancer Center at PAH staff to learn more about uterine cancer and what you need to know about your risk, plus ways to prevent cancer of the uterus.  


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Annual PAH Nursing Research Conference

Please join us for PAH’s annual nursing research conference in Thursday, March 27 from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm, in the hospital’s Zubrow Auditorium. Registration for this event – which is proudly sponsored by Pennsylvania Hospital – is required in Knowledge Link. For more information, contact Margaret Pearce, RN, PhD-C, FNP-BC, director of Magnet and Patient Outcomes, at Margaret.pearce@uphs.upenn.edu or 215-829-7639.

 

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PAH Department of Pharmacy Presents:
A Brown Bag Medicine Review

Brown Bag Medicine Review

Do you have questions about the prescriptions, over the counter medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you’re taking? Bring them with you in a “brown bag” to review them with a Pennsylvania Hospital pharmacist.

March 28
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
PAH Elm Garden Cafeteria

Brown Bag Medicine Reviews…

  • Help improve communications about medications between patients and clinical staff.
  • Help to identify and/or avoid medication erros and drug interactions.
  • Help patients to learn the correct way to take their medicaions.

 

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March 30
Deadline Healthy Rewards Program

HR-and-You

There’s just a few weeks left to earn UPHS Healthy Rewards points before the March 30th program end date! You still have time to earn your $150 Healthy Rewards credit and entry into raffles, including the prestigious leadership event.

6,000 Points – Lead the Way: Earn 6,000 or more points and be entered into raffle for a prestigious leadership event. There will be 25 lucky winners!

3,000 Points – Sprint Ahead: Reaching this level before March 30 earns you entry into our final raffle for a FitBit.

1,500 Points – Jog Forward: Earn1,500 points and complete both the required Well-being Assessment and Know Your Numbers challenges will earn you a $150 Healthy Rewards credit.*

If you don't earn enough points for this year, don't worry, HR is launching a new program on April 14, with a fresh new look, new challenges, new opportunities to earn rewards. Stay tuned!

Go Green for National Nutrition Month
Eat green on at least 4 separate days and earn 25 Healthy Rewards points per week! Click here to get started:  http://www.Pennmedicine.limeade.com.

*The $150 credit is for University of Pennsylvania Health System benefit enrolled employees.  Any Health System employee that does not have a UPHS medical plan can still participate in the site, earn  points, and be entered into raffle to win prizes but will not earn the $150 credit.

 

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19th Annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness

The 19th Annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness is less than two months away. If you haven't yet registered – today is the day to do it!

2014 Donor Dash

The annual fundraising event supporting the community education efforts of The Gift of Life Donor Program, the DASH is a worthy cause and especially important for those whose lives have been touched by transplantation. Locally, 6,468 men, women and children are waiting for the gift of a life-saving organ transplant. Nationally, more than 112,000 people are waiting for a second chance at life. This year, the DASH will take place on Sunday, April 13, and offers a 3K walk as well as 5 and 10k run options.

So, if you haven't registered yet, log onto www.donors1.org, click on the Donor Dash picture in the Upcoming Events section, and register to join Team PENN Medicine! If you've already registered, why not reach out to a few friends and ask them to join you? The more the merrier! Share the link with directions with them so they are sure to sign up on Team Penn Medicine.

For more information about Team Penn Medicine, contact Team Captain, Rebecca Farrell at: rebecca.farrell@uphs.upenn.edu.

 

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Walk to CURE Psoriasis

Walk-to-Cure-Psoriasis

Please join Team Penn Dermatology in the Walk to CURE Psoriasis!

Saturday, April 12

Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.
Phila., PA  19104

Registration begins at 8 a.m. 
Walk begins at 9 a.m.

To register, visit psoriasis.org/walk/Philadelphia
For more information about the walk, contact Colleen Grau at: colleen.grau@uphs.upenn.edu.

 

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Harrison Fund Committee Now Accepting Proposals

Deadline for Applications:  May 1. 

The Harrison Fund Committee is now accepting the submission of proposals for funding for the term July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. The deadline for applications is May 1. The Committee historically supports individual proposals with annual budgets that range from $5,000 to $20,000.

The Harrison Memorial Fund was created on February 24, 1922, by Deed of Trust of George L. Harrison. Among other things, the Trust provides that “income from the Fund should be used for the direct benefit of poor patients in ways not ordinarily supplied by usual Hospital funds.” Income from the Fund supports prospectively identified therapies that are not covered by patients’ insurers and cannot be covered by their personal financial resources.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Frederick Nunes, MD, chair, Harrison Fund Committee at Frederick.Nunes@uphs.upenn.edu, and copied to Cindy A. Gallo, Harrison Fund Committee administrator at cigall@pahosp.com. For specific information on formatting and submitting a Harrison Fund grant proposal please visit the PAH Intranet page.

 

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Million-Dollar-Bike-Ride

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. – Mark your calendars for the first annual Million Dollar Bike Ride to raise money for rare disease research, organized by the Penn Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy and Rare Disease Cycling. The event is the only cycling fundraiser to start and end in the city of Philadelphia, with the start/finish line at Highline Park (31st and Chestnut) on Penn’s campus. There are 3 route options – 11, 35 and 73 miles.

Refreshments and entertainment at the start/finish line and fun for the entire family. All participants will receive free merchandise including a Million Dollar Bike Ride jersey. Individual cyclists can register and raise money for their specific orphan/rare disease foundation. Examples of teams already formed include: Bike to End Duchenne, Pitt Hopkins Pedalers, Spin Factor for Hemophilia, Team FARA, Team ALD, Team Cure ML4, LAM Foundation, Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH).

Proceeds will help further research by the Penn Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy. Registration, volunteer sign-up and additional race information:

For more information on the event

To register as a cyclist for a disease team

To volunteer the day of the event

Donate to The Million Dollar Bike Ride

For more information, call 215-573-9020, or email wilsonjm@mail.med.upenn.edu.

 

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Volunteers needed for Penn Wissahickon Hospice's Annual Camp Erin-Philadelphia, May 16-18

We are still accepting applications for volunteers! Camp Erin-Philadelphia is a weekend overnight camp for children ages 6-17, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. It is a traditional, high-energy camp combined with grief education and emotional support. Volunteers perform a wide range of services from facilitating activities such as arts and crafts, music, games and sports to organizing the memorial ceremony and registering campers. For more information or to download an application, please visit our website.

 

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October 11-2
Ride to Conquer Cancer©

Ride

Join Penn Medicine’sAbramson Cancer Center (ACC) on October 11-12, 2014 in the Ride to Conquer Cancer© (RTCC)—an unforgettable and epic bike ride through Pennsylvania’s picturesque scenery—towards one life-changing destination: to cure cancer.

At two-days and 150 miles the RTCC will be a physical challenge—and an emotional and inspirational weekend—that will give you a chance to join forces with our physicians, staff, patients, and families to leave everything on the bike course and raise serious funds and awareness in the ACC’s fight to cure cancer.

The funds raised through The Ride will be put to use immediately, powering our vision to eradicate cancer as a cause of human disease and suffering through precision medicine, novel research, next-generation therapies, and compassionate care. I am excited to be leading the UPHS/ACC Team with my co-captain, Ralph Muller, CEO, University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Your participation is essential! Join riders like Susan Ranck, who shared her personal motivation for participating, saying: "I am beyond grateful that funding from research enabled scientists to discover a drug that enables me to at least control my cancer...I am excited to ride and it’s my hope that with more time and money, the researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center will find a cure for my disease and all forms of cancer."

JOIN TODAY!
This remarkable event will bring together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists, and their supporters with a common goal of conquering this disease. We invite everyone to join us in October by registering today at www.ridetovictory.org or by calling (844) 777-7433.

Register now using the discount code Ride50 to sign up for only $50.

Remember, it's not just for avid cyclists, it's for all of us who want to do something big! I encourage you to share this opportunity with all of your friends and family. We're in this together.

 

 

 

 

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