At Penn Medicine we recognize the hard work, discipline, compassion and dedication it takes to serve your country. These same values are at the core of what we do — providing high-quality patient care, advancing medical science through research and innovation, and educating the next generation of leaders in medicine.
Click on the videos and stories below to see what a career of service with the military and with Penn Medicine has meant for some of our nation's heroes.
Read stories of our Veterans of Care
- Thea Burke, Nurse Manager, HUP ED
Nurse Manager, HUP ED
CPT, US Army
"I felt that the best culture and the best morale was here at HUP, bar none. I felt that the nurses were the happiest; the relationship between physicians and nurses was the best; I loved the UBCL model... I just knew this is where I wanted to be because it reminded me the most of the military."
As a nurse in the US Army Nurse Corp, Thea Burke spent 4 years serving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including 3 years in the Dwight D. Eisenhower executive nursing suite (the presidential & VIP unit) and the Pentagon, caring for wounded troops and VIP patients alike. Her dedication to all of her patients and commitment to excellence was recognized when she was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) with just 4 years of service under her belt.
She shows that same dedication and commitment as the ED Manager for HUP, where she is able to apply that unending work ethic that our service members exemplify, to caring for her patients. "It doesn't matter if you donated money, or you're homeless, everyone should be treated with dignity." says Thea. Although she's only been here a few months, she has already made an impact, expanding her duties from just the psych ED, to include the ED as well.
"It does remind me of the military. If you start to do things well, they'll give you more."
- Marlene Emenimadu, Patient Equipment Coordinator, HUP
Patient Equipment Coordinator, HUP
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force
You have to be really detail oriented. There can't be any errors when an F15 is going up in the air."
5-minutes after meeting Marlene, and being dazzled by her smile, you will feel like you’ve known her for years. As the Patient Equipment Coordinator in the department of Materials Management at HUP, Marlene is able to capitalize on her 12 years of experience as an Air Force staff sergeant where she managed a platoon of airman whose job it was to keep F15 pilots safe and their planes in the air. Now she ensures patients and staff have the specialized equipment that they need to keep them safe in the critical moments that impact their care.
As a teenager, Marlene was a candy striper at HUP, proving her commitment to service at that young age. After the Air Force, she returned to her roots at Penn Medicine. Well liked by her co-workers, she is successful at the job in part because she enjoys working with people and likes knowing that what she is doing is making a difference in the lives of both our patients and her colleagues; but also because being detail oriented and mission driven are key traits needed for this position.
Marlene credits the education she received after separating from the Air Force for her professional success — an education she was able to get thanks to her service. "I wouldn't have been able to go to school without the military."
- Tim McInnes, Practice Manager, CCA
Practice Manager, CCA
Chief Master Sergeant (retired), US Air Force
As a practice manager, Tim McInnes is responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day operations of Spruce Internal Medicine Associates. After 20 years in the Navy, Tim found the transition to Penn Medicine a challenge he could easily embrace. As a medical lab technician and manager in the Navy, he had the opportunity to work across disciplines in a large and complex organization. In his opinion, one of the things the military excels at is sharing and implementing best practices that benefit the whole organization. He finds that same opportunity for cross-discipline teamwork here at Penn Medicine. "What I do at Spruce, that can be shared elsewhere to [benefit] everyone else."