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Redefining Cancer Survivorship


For the third year in a row, the Abramson Cancer Center at PAH extended its celebration of cancer survivorship from a single day in June to the entire month.

The highlight event of the month came on June 10th, when staff and patients of the ACC at PAH gathered outside in the Elm Garden for Pack a Lunch Picnic Day and a bake sale. Open to all staff, patients and community members, the event provided a forum for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors and celebrate the milestones they’ve achieved. It was also a time to recognize family members, friends and health care professionals who have supported the survivors along the way. 

“This event means a lot to me,” said cancer survivor Kim Karnell, who attended with her sister, Cindy, for herself and in honor of their mother, Joan, the namesake of PAH’s Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services program. “It enables me to connect with my mom and her memory, and it also makes me feel good to be able to give back in her honor.”

A devoted wife, mother, friend, and cancer support network volunteer, Joan Karnell received care for ovarian cancer at PAH for eight years before her passing in 1990.

“My family and I are proud of what the Supportive Care Program has become here, we really, truly are,” said Karnell.


On June 24th, Lucretia Hurley Browning, PAH chaplain, led a dedication ceremony for the new Hope Bell in the Radiation Oncology department. Also during the month, the Hope Bells on both the Inpatient Oncology, 6 Scheidt, and the Infusion Department of the ACC PAH on 5 Farm Journal, were re-dedicated.

“Feedback from staff and patients made us realize that we needed to re-think the purpose of ringing the Hope Bells,” said Marylou Osterman, Cancer Center coordinator. “They had the potential to signify so much more than just completing a certain phase of treatment.”

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Next Town Meeting – July 28th

Come one, come all, to the next… EMPLOYEE “TOWN” MEETING Tuesday, July 28th 12 p.m. – Zubrow Auditorium 12 a.m. Wednesday – McClelland Conference Room...Full story

Science Meets Community: Cancer in the Delaware Valley, a Report from Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center

Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) supports numerous initiatives to benefit its community of patients, caregivers, and their families. The commitment extends beyond patients to also serving the Greater Delaware Valley (GDV) community. Co...Full story

Congratulations and Welcome!

Jack Huff RN, MSN, CNOR, has been named the new director of theTuttleman Surgery Center and the Endoscopy Center of PAH. Huff comes to PAH from the HUP where he served as nurse manager for Perioperative Services since 2012. Prior to HUP, ...Full story

The Patient Experience…

Good Sam Seal
The following letter, from a parent of a young adult patient, was sent to Laetitia Simeral, CRNP, a nurse practitioner in the Sarcoma Program at the Abramson Cancer Center at PAH. , Dear Laetitia, Im guessing that even though you have ...Full story

Congratulations to the FY15 Q4 PAH CAREs Grant Recipients!

Mary Bradis, PAH Nursing Administration Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey – an all-volunteer U.S. troop support group that provides care packages to troops in combat areas. Funding will help purchase care items, including food and...Full story

Penn Medicine Named a Frontline Health Care Worker Champion

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Penn Medicine was among 10 health-care employers recognized nationwide as 2015 “Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions” by CareerSTAT, an initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and Jobs for the Future. Thisrecognition prog...Full story

Penn Medicine Nationally Recognized

HealthCare's Most Wired
Congratulations to the Penn Medicine Department of Information Services (“IS”) which has received several nationally renowned health care information technology awards including: Hospitals and Health Networks - Most Wired Healthcare Orga...Full story

Volunteers Services Needs Help for the Patient Book Cart

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The Department of Volunteer Services is in need of womens magazines for the book cart that volunteers bring to patients in their rooms. Please drop off current or fairly recent back issues of womens magazines at the Volunteer Office in th...Full story

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July-September 2 Penn Museum’s Summer Nights Concert Series NEW! Penn Program for Mindfulness Summer 2015 Course Offerings Penn Museum to Participatein Blue Star Museums Program for Military Families – FREE Admission All Summer Summer 20...Full story

When Less is Just Right

Philadelphia is chock full of historical firsts, including in the field of medicine. Just last month, two ofPenn Medicine’sbig “firsts” celebrated their birthdays: thePerelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania– the nation...Full story

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