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The New Nightingale

The image of the nurse is synonymous with hospitals and doctors’ offices. But in 2015, that sure is one old school point of view. Today’s nurses defy old stereotypes. Both male and female, many earn multiple advanced degrees, working out of uniform and beyond the bedside to all areas of health care.


Meet Debi Page Ferrarello, MSN, MS, IBCLC, RLC, director of Family Education and Lactation at Pennsylvania Hospital, whose tireless efforts recently earned the 20-plus years maternal/child health care veteran the 25th annual Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania for Community Nursing.

Like the 19th century pioneering nurse and social reformer Florence Nightingale for which the award is named after, Ferrarello helps her patients way outside of hospital walls.

Ferrarello is responsible for program development, implementation and evaluation of the hospital’s Lactation Program and Childbirth Education. She oversees Solutions for Women, the PAH’s specialty boutique located in the community, which caters to new moms and cancer survivors. She creates and facilitates interdepartmental taskforces to tackle problems and directs and innovative lactation consultation internship program. A published researcher and author, she is also the team leader for the hospital’s Baby-Friendly journey to create an optimal environment for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding.


“Frankly, I was very surprised to learn that I was even considered for the position because, like all of us, I was just plugging along, doing my job and doing what I care about,” said Ferrarello. “In health care, we are honored to do work that matters…work that is meaningful and that has an impact on people’s lives for the long run. The fact that the award was for nursing care at the community level, means a lot to me because the community is where people live their lives. They come to the hospital for one just small slice of their lives. Making a difference in the community means that we make a difference in real life.”

Pamela Power, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CENP, clinical director of Women’s Health at PAH, and the one who nominated Ferrarello for the award, wasn’t at all surprised that she received it.

“Debi is both a clinical expert in her area of practice, lactation, and an expert educator of her community,” said Power.

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Way to Represent!

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Traumatology Moves

As of January 15, Penn Medicine’s Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery administrative offices have relocated from HUP to: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care...Full story

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2014!

As we welcome in the New Year, the Penn Medicine department of Communications is taking a look back at 2014, a year filled with more breakthroughs in medical research, growth at the Penn Medicine campus, and philanthropic support. This y...Full story

TJC Corner

Staying in a State of Perpetual Preparedness The Joint Commissions (TJC), the independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the U.S., is due to inspect PA...Full story

Ebola Preparedness at Penn Medicine

Preparations for the possibility of caring for a patient with Ebola continue at HUP to maintain competency. HUP is part of an elite group of 35 hospitals nationwide – and the only adult hospital in Pennsylvania – declared capable of safel...Full story

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Beneath the Surface Penn Museum
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Making the Impossible Possible

If the delivery of health care – thanks to the widely varying needs and circumstances of patients – is challenging in the best of situations, then caring for the critically mentally ill would seem virtually impossible. Then it would also ...Full story

Congratulations to…

The Allied health and Ambulatory Services, Facilities Management and Financial Services 2014 Employees of the Year Allied Health and Ambulatory Services Professionals, Support Services, Facilities Management and Financial Services represen...Full story

Phouthasak Phanthavong 2014 Allied Health & Ambulatory Services Employee of the Year

Allied Health and Ambulatory Services professional work in teams and are experts in a multitude of therapeutic, diagnostic, and preventive health interventions and function in many different occupations. An example of their technical trai...Full story

Patricia Eikerenkoetter 2014 Facilities Management Employee of the Year

Facilities Management professionals provide support to all areas of the hospital and its campus to keep operations running smoothly, safely, and efficiently so our clinicians and providers can provide the best care to our patients and ensur...Full story


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