Behind the scenes, Instrument Processing's work is a well-orchestrated process that runs 24:7, ensuring that the right tools are available for every patient and every procedure.
Coming up with the theme for their service project – raising awareness of organ and tissue transplant –wasn’t too hard for Jamie Barnett and other members of the Future Business Leaders of America club in Souderton Area High School. Her father, Mark, had undergone a successful liver transplant at HUP last September.
HUP Security officer Kristi Argeros received the following thank-you from Stacey Getchis, the mom of patient Ryder, who received treatment at Penn’s Proton Therapy Center.
The Grace Café offers a sit-down community meal every Sunday to those struggling with homelessness or hunger. Keeping this meal going requires a lot of support, including a team of volunteers who do everything from cook, plate, and serve the meal to wash the dishes afterwards. Joanne Miles, HUP’s controller in Finance, is part of that team.
When it comes to health advice, the Internet tends to contradict itself. The benefits of food get flipped around, and longstanding fitness tips can suddenly be deemed ineffective. Self-weighing is another one. Don’t jump on the scale – it’s counterproductive and will drive you crazy. Or, step on it – it’s motivating and keeps you in check. So, which is it?
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
An outside barbecue and a beautiful sunny day greeted HUP’s certified nursing assistants at the annual Certified Nursing Assistant Day. “You are part of one of the hardest working groups at the hospital,” Mary Rogers, MSN, director of Nursing Operations and Surgical Nursing, told those gathered. “You have a huge impact on outcomes and how patients perceive their stay.”
When Shirley Zakrzewski, project coordinator, started work at HUP in 1967, it was indeed a different world. Zakrzewski came to HUP on June 19 that year, fresh out of high school and took a position in what was then called Buildings and Grounds (today’s Physical Plant).
That’s the message HUP and CPUP staff were spreading during HUP’s annual patient safety fair.
MANNA is a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals to people who are battling life-threatening illnesses, including cancer and HIV/AIDS. Heidi Lewis, Transplant PI Outcomes specialist, became a member of its board of directors four years ago and has been working ever since with other members to help spread the word – and find partnerships –to expand the important work they do.
With her strong work ethic and goodwill towards others, MaryEllen Reilly, HUP’s former VP of Clinical and Administrative Operations who passed away in 2011, had a profound impact on those who worked with her. To keep Reilly’s memory alive and recognize others who have similar leadership qualities, HUP created a special award. This year, Lindsay Aaronson, controller in the UPHS Ambulatory Pharmacy, received the award.