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Awards and Accolades

Celebrating Those Who CARE

CAREs-lunchEach year, Penn Medicine CAREs awards selected employees small grants to help expand their volunteer efforts and community service projects. A recent luncheon honored the past year’s grant recipients who used their grants for a variety of outreach efforts, including:

  • medication education programs
  • an initiative to help parents learn how to help their newborn babies sleep safely
  • rides for cancer patients receiving treatment at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center

“What a wonderful program this is to recognize employees for the work they were doing – and continue to do – outside of their daily responsibilities,” said Human Resources VP Patricia Wren. “That the program continues to grow and bring people together to support the diverse needs of the Penn community shows how special our employees are.”

Congratulations to the latest winners of a Penn Medicine CAREs grant:




Michael Williams, Cardiology


Better Nutrition for the Elderly

Kathryn Rose Finley, Family Medicine


Reach Out and Read

Luis Ramos Rivera, Environmental Services


Wisdom House: Housing for Homeless Single Veteran Women

Janet McMaster, Trauma


WEPAC (West Philadelphia Alliance for Children)

Anup Sharma, Psychiatry


Stress Management Workshops for Philadelphia Prisoners & Staff

Sharisse Ajibade and Wanda Gbemudu, Nursing


Congestive Heart Failure Management

Kelly Convery, Bernice Jones and Kathleen Mercado, Intensive Care Nursery


Childbirth & Newborn Care Classes at the Dickens Center

Karen Wagner, Patient and Family Services


Mill Creek Farm

Chiamaka Onwuzurike, PCPC Refugee Clinic


Refugee Women's Clinic Family Planning and Contraception Project

Mel Kearney, Occupational Medicine


Walnut Street School Playground for Safer Kids

Ann Schwoebel, Intensive Care Nursery


Parent to Parent Mentoring/Education Program

Employees who volunteer their time in outreach activities are encouraged to apply for a Penn Medicine CAREs grant. Go to to learn more. 

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