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Puentes de Salud – Providing “Bridges of Health” in a New Home Base

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For nearly a decade, Puentes de Salud (“Bridges of Health”) has provided low-cost primary care and a range of educational and social services to the city’s Latino community at many locations throughout the area. The program has grown to be recognized as a national model for immigrant health and wellness.

Now, it has achieved a long-range goal: opening a permanent home.

Penn Medicine donated the space to establish the clinic, and its funds toward the $1.2 million renovation of the clinic set the stage for additional foundation grants and in-kind donations from area construction, engineering and supply companies.

The new 7,000-square-foot clinic and education center – its full name the Puentes de Salud Health and Wellness Center – is part of the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, located at 17th and South Streets. Puentes, which was featured recently in the Philadelphia City Paper, has grown over the past decade since its founding to be recognized as a national model for immigrant health and wellness.

“You read a lot about the use of new research, technology and buildings in health care, but this is where it really happens, down here on the street,” said Kevin B. Mahoney,vice dean for Integrative Services, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “And it’s the passion and vision of the Puentes co-founders that we must recognize.”

Penn Medicine physicians Steven C. Larson, MD, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Hospital’s own Jack Ludmir, MD, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, co-founded Puentes in 2006. Both physicians share a common philosophy of maintaining low cost health care by preventing illness and addressing the socioeconomic factors that affect patient outcomes. “Our aim is to keep them out of the hospital,” Larson told the City Paper.

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Clean Hands Save Lives!

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For the past several years, HUP has focused on lowering the rate of HAIs (health-care associated infections), using team work and many proven strategies to prevent infections before they start. But studies show that the best way to do this ...Full story

UPHS Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards

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Each year, the UPHS Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards recognize nurses for their exceptional commitment to high quality patient care as well as their clinical knowledge and professional achievements. Congratulations to PPMC’s winners of t...Full story

A Very Special Tea for Two

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You can change someone’s world withone simple act of kindness. Earlier this monthPennsylvania Hospitalmaternity nurse, Lynne Dever, RNC, was going about her work day when she noticed her patient – Alison Paymer of Philadelphia – was in g...Full story

Pastoral Care Volunteers ‘Feeling Blessed’ to Give Back

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In times of crisis, many people turn to their religious beliefs and spiritual resources for comfort and support. As a result, pastoral care has long been an important part of HUP’s clinical healing mission. Its staff chaplains and chaplain ...Full story

National Hospital Week

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Observed in May, National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who support the health of their communities through dedication and compassionate care. It also recognizes the miracles they help to make happen on a day to d...Full story

The Many Faces of Service

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It’s been 250 years since the University of Pennsylvania established the first medical school in what would become the United States. Not long after the first graduates earned their diplomas, the American Revolution drew Penn medical facult...Full story

Spotlight on Spring Events

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Spring is a special time at Pennsylvania Hospital. The hospital grounds are at their loveliest with bright flowers in full bloom and employees are all abuzz hosting awareness, educational and fundraising events. Be sure to read on (andclick...Full story

Cultural Diversity Committee Announces Culinary Competition Winners

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The Cultural Diversity Committee hosted its International Food Tasting and Culinary Competition on May 5. At this year’s event, staff had the opportunity to show off their culinary talents by creating either an international or regional dis...Full story

Congrats to Our Nursing Dynamos!

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Earlier this month, HUP celebrated National Nurses Week, recognizing the many outstanding contributions of its nursing staff. As part of the festivities – which included gifts, aromatherapy and massage, and a professional photo shoot – the ...Full story

Removing Barriers to Breast Cancer Care

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An Abramson Cancer Center Penn breast cancer patient was once overheard saying: There is only one thing worse than having cancer – not being able to afford it. Financial cost remains a barrier to cancer screenings - and cancer treatment...Full story

 

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