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Community Outreach

Encouraging Healthy Relationships Between Kids and Grandparents

CAREs-Eileen-and-MarypatEileen Addis, MSS, LSW, of Clinical Resource Management and Social Work, sees her work at HUP as part of her connection to the neighborhoods the hospital serves. She has extended this commitment as a six-year board member of Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN), a Philadelphia nonprofit dedicated to providing strong support networks and services to older women in need.

Although SOWN focuses on older women, for the past 10 years, it has worked with grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Marypat Tracy, LCSW, SOWN's director of Programs, estimates that there are more than 22,000 grandparent-led families in Philadelphia. These grandparents play a crucial role in preventing these kids from entering foster care.

"This is parenting the second time around for them," said Tracy. "They might be 75 years old. The world is different. Parenting is different.”

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Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Winners

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Raymond Rodriquez, MD, FACC, FACP, clinical assistant professor of Medicine in the division of Cardiovascular Medicine, has received funding that will go toward testing supplies to use at the 2nd Enon Tabernacle Men’s Health Fair taking pl...Full story

Free Screenings Help Prevent Disease

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La Communidad Hispana in Kennett Square (southern Chester County) provides health care, social and adult educational services to its Latino community. “La Communidad Hispana is a great asset for the community,” said Paul Huberty, SVP of Str...Full story

Seeing Clearly Now

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If a child has trouble seeing, his or her world shrinks considerably. Indeed, nearly 80% of what a child learns is obtained visually. Reading -- and learning -- become a struggle and the child falls farther and farther behind. Now, thanks ...Full story

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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The National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems. Attrac...Full story

Trauma Celebrates Continued Excellence

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HUP’s annual recognition of Trauma Awareness Month is a chance for members of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery to “celebrate positive reminders, recognize excellence, and see continued healing of patients and fami...Full story

A Gift of Life Recognition

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For many of Penn’s transplant patients, the joy of receiving a compatible organ is mitigated by the reality of extended hospital visits for the patient and travel expenses for the family. Since 2011, however, two sources of lodging have mad...Full story

Fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis

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Once again, the “Expectorants” – members of Founders 14 and friends – teamed up to raise money for cystic fibrosis at the Narberth CF 5 Mile Run. Participating were (l. to r.) Marisa Santangelo, Diana Santangelo, Timothy Rowan, Rachel Semig...Full story

Get Your Jazz Hands Ready

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Free Annual Jazz Arts Festival Returns July 19 PPMC and the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) are excited to welcome internationally-renowned jazz saxophonist, and disciple of John Coltrane, Azar Lawrence to Philadelphia for the 8th Annual...Full story

Giving the Comforts of Home for Easter

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Many thanks to volunteers from PPMC’s Perioperative staff who helped contribute donations to the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House over the Easter holiday. Together, the group was able to raise $350 for the purchase of fresh fruit and veg...Full story

Creating a Positive IMPaCT

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Charlotte Martin now takes twice as long to do her food shopping as before. “My ride doesn’t wait any more. He tells me to call when I’m in line!” But it’s not due to a physical disability. She’s reading nutrition labels on almost everythin...Full story

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