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A Tradition of Holiday Spirit at HUP

3-santas"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” In fact – thanks to the efforts of the Abrahamsohn Christmas and East committee – HUP has three!

The tradition started in the late 1800’s with Oscar Abrahamsohn, an immigrant, who supported himself by teaching German to medical students. Later, as a hospital volunteered at HUP, he personally funded gifts and decorated the hospital’s children’s ward for Christmas and Easter. In 1901, the Christmas Fund was established with $95 Abrahamsohn raised.  Over the years, others began to donate money as well to help fund the holiday fastivities for patients. To better support its fundraising efforts, the Abrahamsohn Committee became incorporated – with the official signing of the charter in 1914 – under the wing of the Board of Women Visitors.

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Connexus: Real-time Patient Information in a Mobile-Friendly View

With the advent of electronic medical records, patient information became as close as the nearest computer. But securely logging in to a desktop and waiting for the EMR to load can be a lengthy process. Now, Connexus takes this access to cl...Full story

Sixth Annual PPMC Patient Advocacy Recognition Reception

The PHI auditorium was packed last week as staff, family and friends came to honor colleagues and loved ones being recognized at the 6th Annual PPMC Patient Advocacy Recognition Reception. The UPHS Office of Patient Affairs and PPMC Patient...Full story

The New Face of Nursing

Wouldn’t it be fun to imagine our hospital’s cofounders Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond walking around PAH today? One can only wonder what their reactions would be – not only to the physical changes of hospital or machines of modern m...Full story

A Positive Patient Experience: Every Visit, Every Day

Service excellence is a top priority for the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP). Over the past several years, the group has seen improvement in key patient satisfaction areas among its 200 practices, including its a...Full story

Presby’s Night Owls

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Keeping the Lights On when it’s Dark OutsideIt was 10:30 p.m. when I walked into the Wright-Saunders lobby; a familiar scene that on this night was eerily unfamiliar in its silence. But what I learned over the c...Full story

Pennsy P.M.

A Snapshot of the Nation’s First Hospital After Dark It was a chilly, rainy and moonless night. While the rest of North America was slumbering the night of October 22 and into the morning of October 23, What’s New made the rounds through P...Full story

HUP at Night: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

HUP at night
On first glance, HUP seems almost deserted at night. The main lobby, normally teeming with activity, is quiet, with only an occasional person walking through. But, beyond the empty hallways, the machinery of the institution is going strong...Full story

Penn Gynecologist Collaborates with Her Sister to Explore the “Wild West” of Reproductive Medicine

Billy the Kid. Jesse James. Buffalo Bill. Wild Bill Hickok. We’ve all heard the names before: They’re the colorful and dangerous characters of America’s old “wild west” that have dominated U.S. cinema and television for decades. And that is...Full story

Lunch and a Movie

In celebration of National Medical Librarians Month, all hospital staff is invited to a special film presentation. “Getting Better: 200 Years of Medicine,” produced by the New England Journal of Medicine, is a 42-minute film featuring three...Full story

Reaching to Teach

Forming An Education Partnership with Patients Last year, Bethany Fijan, BSN, of Founders 14 went to HUP’s Patient and Family Education website to print a sheet about venous thromboembolism prophylaxis (measures to prevent a blood clot). ...Full story

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