PMX week

At HUP, the annual Penn Medicine Experience usually includes many onsite activities throughout the week.  But this year, PMX “was particularly challenging,” said Tonita Chapman, senior Clinical Operations consultant, who oversees HUP’s yearly celebration. “We wanted to let all of our staff know how much they’re appreciated, no matter what their role.”  And they succeeded!

For those onsite in the hospital, PMX offered early Monday morning sustenance — a hot breakfast sandwich or a blueberry muffin, and a hot drink.  “We handed out more than 1,200 breakfasts!”  And while there was no ice cream social  this year, a “socially distanced” handout of popsicles was a welcome treat at the end of the week.

The Penn Medicine Radnor team carved out some fun last week, holding a pumpkin decorating contest between departments....

Posted by Penn Medicine on Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Reaching out to those working remotely, the week also included live virtual yoga, mindfulness Moment, and “AnyTime” Video tips, such as All Things Ergonomics, Imagery for Guided Relaxation, and Work Out While Sitting.  And the “Penn Pet Leader Matchup Quiz” challenged employees to match Penn Medicine leaders with their four-legged buddies.

And not even COVID could put the brakes on HUP’s annual Pumpkin Decorating Competition. Staff sent in photos of their entries and employees were encouraged to vote for the best one online.  This year, the winner was from the HLA lab, with the theme of the Nightmare Before Christmas. (See the complete gallery of entries at the bottom of this page)

Thanks to everyone for always being “Present” for patients, families and colleagues, with determination, courage and compassion.

25th Annual Community Involvement Recognition Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Community Involvement Recognition Awards, which recognize those involved in community service and/or working for social justice. The following categories will be awarded:

  • Community Award presented to two residents (youth and/or adult) of the greater Philadelphia community.
  • Community Award presented to a faculty or staff of the Penn community
  • Community Award presented to a Penn student
  • Faculty, staff, student or Phila resident that offers significant contributions through the advancement of education and educational opportunities.

The deadline is Monday, November 23. To learn more go to


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