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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 Pennsylvania Hospital to shine the spotlight on our night shift employees. This special issue of What’s New is dedicated to all who contribute to our mission of providing excellent care and keeping our fine institution running smoothly, 24-7.

For more coverage of the night shift life at Penn Medicine, visit the latest issues of HUPdate and the Presby Bulletin at

When Things Go ‘Bump’ in the Night


If there’s ceiling leak or elevator stuck at night, who ya gonna call? The night mechanics of Engineering Services – that’s who – the Mr. Fix-its who provide electrical, plumbing, structural and mechanical solutions as needed overnight at PAH. Clinton Land and John McClelland work the first night shift. Both men address problems in any of the 19 individual buildings (that’s all except Penn Medicine Washington Square) across Pennsy’s campus – including both parking decks. “We respond to everything,” said Land. “If we can’t actually fix the situation ourselves, we’re the ones who make sure it gets done.”

Engineering night shift mechanics, Clinton Land and John McClelland

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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

Icing on the Cake: Nation's Oldest Medical School Kicks Off Its 250th Birthday Year

Last month, the Perelman School of Medicine kicked off its 250thbirthday year with a cake-cutting celebration hosted by University of Pennsylvania PresidentAmy Gutmann, PhD, and J.Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Dean of the Perelman School of Medic...Full story

So Glad We Had This Time Together

After 37 years of extraordinary commitment and dedication to Pennsylvania Hospital, our Executive Director R. Michael Buckley, MD, is retiring this fall. As our executive director, Dr. Buckley has been responsible for the clinical, resear...Full story

Celebrating Longevity and Loyalty

The year was 1989. Roseanne, The Cosby Show and Cheers were the three top-rated television shows. A gallon of gas cost less than a dollar; a loaf of bread was 67 cents. That was also the year that our 88 new inductees into the UPHS 25-Yea...Full story

The Save of a Lifetime

Running along the Schuykill River Trail was a frequent outing for Todd Tewksbury, a 27-year-old mechanical engineer. So when he started his run one evening, the last place he expected to end up was in HUP’s emergency room. “I remembered pa...Full story

Big Honors for Our Littlest Patients

It’s estimated that ten to 15 percent of babies born each year in the U.S. spend time in a neonatal intensive care (NICU). At PAH, approximately 40 percent of the babies born are from high-risk pregnancies and about half of those babies r...Full story

Penn Medicine University City Unveiled

The dedication of Penn Medicine University City (PMUC) on September 12 marked the grand opening of Penn Medicine’s newest outpatient facility that’s taking health care delivery to new levels, and paving the way for a year of exciting milest...Full story

PM University City: One-Stop Care and a Focus on Patient Engagement

Penn Medicine University City, which officially opened last month, will serve as Penn Presbyterian’s most comprehensive site for ambulatory care. Similar to the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and Penn Medicine Washington Square befor...Full story


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