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A Celebration of Caring

IMG_5479The Spirit of Caring Award, presented annually by Pastoral Care, recognizes those individuals who truly go above and beyond to provide a better hospital experience for our patients and families.

This year’s awards went to individuals who represent two distinct areas of care: Joseph DiRienzi and Igor Tsimberg, of Medical Pathology, and Janet Dennis, a Pastoral Care volunteer.

The Kinder Side of Loss

DiRienzi and Tsimberg perform autopsies but it is the other “service” they provide -- helping grieving family members who come down to see a loved one who has passed away-- that the award recognizes. “Joe and Igor are incredibly brave and compassionate. They always go out of their way to treat each person who comes down with respect,” said Leslie Litzky, MD, director of Medical Pathology. Indeed, “the autopsy suite is a place of great dignity. What they do is exceptional. We get letters from grateful families.”

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Healing Waves of Art

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Earlier this week, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center became home to more than 200 feet of shining, twisting, flowing aluminum. The new “Waves of Healing” sculpture was created and donated by Richard Montelone as a “thank you” to the Penn Med...Full story

Ella Ryan-Meloni: A Calming Presence Under Pressure

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Maryellen Reilly, former VP of Clinical and Administrative Operations who passed away in 2011, was a valued, respected, and well-loved member of the HUP community. One year after she died, HUP created a special award in her memory to recog...Full story

Care and Commitment: The 2016 Employee Service Awards

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Spirits were high on June 8 as Pennsylvania Hospital honored the care and commitment of its staff at the 53rd Annual Employee Service Awards! This year, we recognized 377 employees whose careers at the hospital have spanned from 5 years to ...Full story

What Joy in Sound!

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Carolyn Sienicki started wearing hearing aids in kindergarten. Her hearing loss “affected how I learned in the classroom, the ease of forming new friendships and relationships, and how people perceived and responded to me.” After 40 ye...Full story

PPMC Surgical Techs Climb the Ladder

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Congratulations are in order for PPMC’s first surgical technicians to climb the new Clinical Ladder program for Surgical Technicians, a model developed byLori Fowler-Gagliardi, RN, MBA, CNOR, Clinical Director of Perioperative Services, in ...Full story

Tasty Treats from Around the World

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Thank you to all who participated in the Cultural Diversity Committee’s 2016 International Food Tasting and Culinary Competition. The event, which grows larger every year, had 16 tasty entries from cultures around the globe including shahi ...Full story

Art Exhibition Helps Create Environment of Healing

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In 2010, the Celebration of Art and Life Exhibition was created to further enhance the environment of healing in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Every year since then, its paintings and photos have continued to brighten the lives...Full story

A History of the Need for ZZZs

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How Penn’s Sleep Center has changed the world of sleep in the past 25 years Sleep: Giraffes require less than 2 hours a day while brown bats need almost 20. Humans fall about in the middle, needing between seven to eight hours every day....Full story

HUP Celebrates Nursing!

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HUP’s Board of Nursing pulled out all the stops for this year’s celebration of National Nurses Week and treated its nurses to a variety of special activities, including Reiki, aromatherapy and massage, and a professional makeup and photo sh...Full story

PAH Welcomes Kevin M. Baumlin, MD, FACEP, Chair of Emergency Medicine

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On May 9, Pennsylvania Hospital welcomed Kevin M. Baumlin, MD, FACEP, as the new chair of Emergency Medicine with a reception in the Great Court. Surrounded by his new colleagues as well as his close friends and family, Dr. Baumlin, a nativ...Full story

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