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A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

Pastoral Care’s Spirit of Caring Winners  

Pastoral-Care-002“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

This quote by the late Maya Angelou, American author and poet, captures the epitome of Pastoral Care at HUP. Patients and families may not remember everything that happens during a hospitalization but they will remember those who reached out to them.

Pastoral Care’s annual celebration recognizes all of the chaplains –- staff, students, and volunteers -– who humanize medicine for our patients and families. “You are all dedicated individuals who do so much,” said Al Black, COO. “Your ability to motivate us all to do better cannot be overestimated.”

Pastoral contacts with patients now number over 30,000 a year, including 24/7 coverage for HUP’s approximately 2,500 trauma calls. “I am humbled by what is asked of our chaplains and grateful for all you’ve given,” said Jim Browning, director of Pastoral Care.

Each year, Pastoral Care presents the Spirit of Caring Award, which honors staff and volunteers who have made exceptional contributions to HUP’s caring environment. There were two winners this year: Roy Kardon, a volunteer pastoral visitor, and Tamba Janga of Patient Transport.

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Penn Medicine Hospitals Named Among Top Ten in the Nation and #1 in Philadelphia By U.S. News & World Report

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Penn Medicine hospitals have been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News World Report. With the newly combined results for HUP and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, we were ranked as the 7th best hospital in the United S...Full story

PAH Launches ICN Family Advisory Council, Hosts Parents of Preemies Day

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Pennsylvania Hospital founded a new Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) Family Advisory Council this year as a way for former patient families to work with current patient families and inter-disciplinary hospital staff members to promote patient a...Full story

Alana Carter: An “Awesome” CNA

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A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a critical component of inpatient care. As Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, HUP’s chief nursing executive, noted at the annual CNA award ceremony, “The CNA’s relationship with patients has a huge impact on ...Full story

Hope Rings Eternal for Patients at the Abramson Cancer Center Pennsylvania Hospital

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In 1733, the English poet Alexander Pope penned the famous line, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast,” in An Essay on Man, Epistle I. Over three and a half centuries later, Pope’s words still resonate with profound meaning. No matter ...Full story

Investing in YOU: A Profile of Employee Education at Penn Medicine

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Across the Health System, over 2,000 employees seize the opportunity each year to advance in their careers at Penn Medicine through the tuition assistance benefit. UPHS provides one of the best tuition programs in the region -– with up to $...Full story

Rare Incision-less Brain Surgery at PAH Gives Reading Man His Life Back

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When 28 year-old Jonathon Haas was too tired to go shopping with his wife last February, he had no idea what was about to follow. The Reading native had only been married for about four months and all was going well. But that day, his arm s...Full story

Our Nursing Superstars

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During this year’s annual Nurses Week Award Ceremony, several nurses received special recognition for going the extra mile to provide safe and quality care to our patients. “As I learn more about your accomplishments,” said Regina Cunningha...Full story

Delivering the Best in Cancer Care

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The Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital PAH is now also home to Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC), the region’s number-one cancer program. Under the Direction of Arthur Staddon, MD, ACC PAH has become a nationally recognize...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

Celebrating Nursing

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Technological advances, health care reform, and greater workplace diversity have all transformed the career of nursing. Virtually everything about nursing has morphed dramatically over the past few decades, except for one constant: the po...Full story

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