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Joanna Embry: Exceptional and Compassionate

HUP’s unit secretaries are the “backbone” of patient care units. “You’re the first face our families see and you make them feel welcome,” said Jackie Somerville, PhD, RN, HUP’s chief nurse executive, at the annual presentation of the Helen Lysun Unit Secretary Award.

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  • Thank you

    Heartfelt Thanks

    April 27, 2018

    “I [recently] reached the one-year mark of my double lung transplant. It’s hard for me to express in words or in a letter the depths of my overwhelming gratitude to the wonderful staff at the University of Pennsylvania and Perelman Center..."

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    A Big Thank You to Our Doctors

    April 27, 2018
    Each year, in recognition of Doctor’s Day, HUP and CPUP raise awareness of the many contributions and the dedication of their physicians. 
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    Spreading the Gospel!

    March 29, 2018

    For more than 20 years, Gospelrama has been a part of Black History Month at HUP. Each year, employees, their families and friends, and members of the community look forward to this evening of music and words.

  • Circle of Friends: Honorary Chaplains

    March 29, 2018
    The Pastoral Care staff meet many of the spiritual needs of the hospital, but others working at HUP or in the community have pastoral spirit as well. “These special people have faithfully supported Pastoral Care over the years,” said Denise Statham, administrative chaplain, adding, “they are giving and supportive in their dealings with others.”
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    ED Opens Second Observation Unit

    March 29, 2018
    Last month, in response to the increasing demand for EDOU beds and to improve the patient experience, HUP opened a new 10-bed observation unit on Ravdin 2.
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    A Safe Place to Learn

    March 29, 2018

    A few years ago, Timmi Kilgore, patient service associate in CPUP, enrolled her then 9-year-old daughter in a summer program for 5 to 12-year-old children sponsored by Blessings, an organization which, according to its website, helps to “encourage, enlighten, and instill in children the knowledge that there are no limits to what they can achieve.”

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    A Special Celebration for a Brave Young Woman

    March 29, 2018

    Dana Scatton was just 17 years old when, last December, she was diagnosed with DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma), an inoperable brain tumor with an average survival rate of less than a year. Dana was also 32 weeks pregnant.

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    HUP’s Green Spirit Was Alive and Well

    March 29, 2018
    Our support for the Eagles was visible throughout HUP and the Perelman Center, with staff wearing the green to show their spirit! Even Tugger, one of HUP’s Pups (and no “underdog” himself!) agreed to display his green for the home team. This enthusiasm spread throughout Penn Medicine.
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    A Blue Day Raises Awareness

    March 29, 2018
    On “Dress in Blue Day,” Carolyn Lista and Kit Irish of Marketing helped raise colon cancer awareness for patients, families, and staff by handing out information and giveaways.
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    Congratulations to Our New Nurse Academy Members

    February 23, 2018

    Last month, the Distinguished Nurse Clinician Academy inducted nine new members into their ranks from throughout Penn Medicine. Academy members are chosen for their exceptional clinical knowledge and interprofessional skills as well as a passion for their work.