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Puentes de Salud – Providing “Bridges of Health” in a New Home Base


For nearly a decade, Puentes de Salud (“Bridges of Health”) has provided low-cost primary care and a range of educational and social services to the city’s Latino community at many locations throughout the area. The program has grown to be recognized as a national model for immigrant health and wellness.

Now, it has achieved a long-range goal: opening a permanent home.

Penn Medicine donated the space to establish the clinic, and its funds toward the $1.2 million renovation of the clinic set the stage for additional foundation grants and in-kind donations from area construction, engineering and supply companies.

The new 7,000-square-foot clinic and education center – its full name the Puentes de Salud Health and Wellness Center – is part of the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, located at 17th and South Streets. Puentes, which was featured recently in the Philadelphia City Paper, has grown over the past decade since its founding to be recognized as a national model for immigrant health and wellness.

“You read a lot about the use of new research, technology and buildings in health care, but this is where it really happens, down here on the street,” said Kevin B. Mahoney,vice dean for Integrative Services, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “And it’s the passion and vision of the Puentes co-founders that we must recognize.”

Penn Medicine physicians Steven C. Larson, MD, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Hospital’s own Jack Ludmir, MD, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, co-founded Puentes in 2006. Both physicians share a common philosophy of maintaining low cost health care by preventing illness and addressing the socioeconomic factors that affect patient outcomes. “Our aim is to keep them out of the hospital,” Larson told the City Paper.

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Ronald Chmar 2015 Hubschman Award Recipient

Congratulations to the 2015 Lynn and Emil Hubschman Award recipient,Ronald Chmar, a teacher and counselor at the Mill Creek School. The Hubschman Award annually recognizes an individual who exemplifies the Pennsylvania Hospital tradition ...Full story

The Patient Experience…

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Dear Pennsylvania Hospital Administrators and Staff: My husband was transferred to Pennsylvania Hospital in need of a heart catheterization and subsequently, open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. During his stay he was under t...Full story

And we’re off!

The Journey to MAGNET Marches On The PAH Care Executive Team invited colleagues to join them as they collectively hit “send” to submit the Pennsylvania Hospital Magnet Documentation to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). On ...Full story

Penn Medicine Hospitals Receive Top Cancer Accreditation

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The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) has awarded three-year accreditation to three Penn Medicine hospitals in recognition of their commitment to the highest level of quality cancer care. HUP received the Gold Award, ...Full story

What’s Happening – Your resource for events and happenings throughout PAH and Penn Medicine

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June-September 2 Penn Museum’s Summer Nights Concert Series June 21 13th Annual Gary Papa Run Penn Program for Mindfulness Summer 2015 Course Offerings July 25 Penn Medicine Family Picnic at Dorney Park Wildwater Kingdom July 26 Steps...Full story

Join the MS-150

Be a part of what Bicycling Magazine names the “Best Cycling Getaway in NJ”, and help raise money for MS. In the past 17 years, Team UPHS/PENN has raised over $1.7 million in the MS-150 Bike to Shore Tour and, with your help, it could surpa...Full story

A Very Special Tea for Two

You can change someone’s world withone simple act of kindness. Earlier this monthPennsylvania Hospitalmaternity nurse, Lynne Dever, RNC, was going about her work day when she noticed her patient – Alison Paymer of Philadelphia – was in g...Full story

Happy Birthday Pennsy!

On May 11, employees, staff, and volunteers gathered in the Elm Garden Café for cake in celebration of PAH’s 264th year in continuous operation. The true birthday – the anniversary of the hospital’s founding – was Sunday, May 11, 1751, w...Full story

Jason Bofinger, MD, Named Penn Pearl Teaching Award

Congratulations to Jason Bofinger, MD, of Penn Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine at PAH, who is a recipient of a 2015 Penn Pearls Teaching Awards. Penn Pearls, which recognize excellence in clinical teaching, are given annually by m...Full story

High-five for PAH Heart Heroes

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Folks who feel inspired, motivated and moved by others who are making a heartfelt difference in the Philadelphia area are sharing their stories and highlighting heart and vascular staff at PAH. Recently, Christina Constans and Stefany McT...Full story


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