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Spirituality and Medicine: Refocusing on an Ancient Connection

Tommy-front-page-picFor hundreds of years, spirituality and religion played significant roles in medicine. Indeed, the church originally issued medical licenses to physicians, many of whom were monks or priests. The first hospitals were built by built by religious groups. But, with the advances in medicine and technology, religion and spirituality existed only on the periphery of medical practice.

In the last decades of the 20th century, the pendulum began to slowly swing back. Research in the field showed that not only were spirituality and religious beliefs important parts of many people’s lives, but they also had an impact on a person’s physical and mental health. “Medicine is inherently an emotional, psychological and existential experience,” said Horace DeLisser, MD, of Medicine. “Spirituality is a part of people’s identify. Understanding these beliefs helps to better care for patients and form relationships.”

A new Certificate in Spirituality and Health at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine will teach students how to incorporate spirituality into their medical practice – and feel comfortable in that role.

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PPMC Takes 1st in HAP Donate Life Campaign

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The results are in: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center won “Top Hospital” in the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania’s Donate Life challenge (HAP) to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. The University of Pennsylvania Health Syst...Full story

HUP Celebrates Patient Advocate Award Winners!

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“Talented, innovative, bringing excellence to everything they do. Trusted, respected, valued. Welcoming and comforting” These were just some of the glowing adjectives Carolyn Jackson, COO, read in the narratives describing this year’s winn...Full story

Pennsy Pride at the 2016 Magnet Conference

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Nurses from Pennsylvania Hospital joined colleagues from across the country for the 2016 American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida in October. During the conference, PAH was recogn...Full story

PPMC Remains a Magnet for Excellence!

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For the second consecutive term, Penn Presbyterian has earned Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a designation that puts them in the top tier of healthcare facilities around the world. The news was announced ...Full story

A Helping Hand … and Much More

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Nurses are responsible for direct patient care on a unit – but a bevy of supplies and equipment help them to ensure the very best outcomes for patients. This is where support associates come in, serving as an “extra set of hands” on busy pa...Full story

Patient Experience Week A Huge Success!

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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center celebrated yet another Patient Experience Week at the beginning of October, with a range of fun events to show just how muchPresbycaresboth for our patients and appreciates the staff who go the extra mile fo...Full story

Making Patient Education “Stick”

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Where’s the beef? Wendy’s snappy catchphrase dates back more than 30 years but it still sticks with people. And it’s easy to see why. It’s simply written and to the point. This is how clinicians should approach patient education, said Ca...Full story

From Trauma Patient to Volunteer

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If you’ve walked the halls of the Trauma Center at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in the last few months, there’s a chance you’ve come across Alisha Sawant. She’s the positively beaming volunteer with a permanent smile who often greets fr...Full story

Congratulations to Our Newest 25 Year Club Members!

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Last month, 94 employees from HUP, CPUP, and Corporate became the newest inductees into the 25 Year Club at the 2016 Induction and Recognition Ceremony , bringing active membership to over 700. The event also celebrated employees celebratin...Full story

A History of Harm Reduction in Philadelphia

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How many clean syringes were handed out last year by Prevention Point Philadelphia, a local harm reduction nonprofit that provides a wide array of social services to addicts? That question was posed to the audience gathered at Presby’s PHI...Full story

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