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Penn Medicine Wins the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge

HAP-Donate-LifeEarlier this year, representatives from all four Penn Medicine hospitals banded together for the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge. Organized by the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), and the Gift of Life Donor Program, the campaign ran from February 28 until May 14. During that time, participants organized activities and events aimed at inspiring and increasing donor awareness and designations within their hospital families. Teams captured those activities on a scorecard in an effort to achieve platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level point totals.

In July, HAP recognized Penn Medicine as the health system with the Highest Total Points Achieved!

The involvement and support of our faculty and staff were critical to the overall success of this campaign. HAP Campaign leaders asked the entire Penn Medicine community to help save lives by educating staff members, patients and their families, visitors, and the extended community outside our doors on the critical need for organ donation and providing opportunities for people to sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Throughout the campaign, Penn Medicine teams worked together to host registration events, post flyers and advertisements raising awareness about the campaign, organize lunch and learns for staff, and arrange donor awareness celebrations.

“We had a dynamic, inter-professional team contributing to the campaign at Pennsylvania Hospital. Plus, we had great support from the Gift of Life who providing volunteers for our awareness displays in the cafeteria, presented at hospital meetings, and provided many gifts for staff and patients alike,” said Deborah Christopher, MSN, RN, CPHA, clinical director of Quality, who lead the campaign at PAH along with Matthew Menard, physician liaison and community relations coordinator. “Increasing awareness is key for the success of the Donate Life campaign and we were happy to help.”

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“Break” from Cancer a Turning Point

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Webster’s dictionary defines respite as “a short period of time when you are able to stop doing something that is difficult or unpleasant.” The trips that For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation provides for patients clearly fit that defi...Full story

Penn Medicine Wins the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge

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Earlier this year, representatives from all four Penn Medicine hospitals banded together for the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge. Organized by the Hospital Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), in partnership wit...Full story

Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Winners

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Congratulations to the PAH FY14 Q4 CAREs grant recipient Ann Schwoebel, MSN, RNC, CRNP, a clinical nurse education specialist in the Intensive Care Nursery at PAH. The funding awarded to Schwoebel will supply educational materials for six...Full story

A Community in Unity

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Founded in 2003 by the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor, Unity Clinic has relocated a few times over the years but has not lost steam along the way. Most of the clinic’s patient population are used to moving as well. Althoug...Full story

DetermiNation Keeps Her Going

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Anna McKeon, a surgical technician in PeriOperative Services, is using DetermiNation to help change the course of cancer. The program, a part of the American Cancer Society, provides professional training and support to athletes who want t...Full story

It’s Not Too Late! Register Today for the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride

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Don’t forget to register for the Bike MS City to Shore Ride, in which Team UPHS/PENN, will with your help, be the largest team! We’re counting on new and veteran cyclists to keep the momentum going strong and join the team this September 27...Full story

Outreach Educates and Brings HIV Awareness

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Philadelphia has five times the national average of HIV and AIDs cases. The city’s African-American population represents 69 percent of new infections. With those statistics in mind, the community outreach efforts of Kevin Sims, guest coord...Full story

Help Create a World Free of MS

Sign up today to join UPHS employees, friends and families as part of the UPHS/Penn team for the MS City to Shore Ride onSeptember 27 and 28. The team is hoping to recruit 300 members and raise $150,000. Over its 17 years, Team UPHS/PENN ha...Full story

Encouraging Healthy Relationships Between Kids and Grandparents

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Eileen 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 Old...Full story

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

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