From Passenger to Lifesaver: A Great Save at 35,000 Feet

Air travel can be exhausting, and an in-flight emergency takes it to a new level. That’s what Jen Vuich, RN, CCRN, CEN, a clinical nurse in PPMC’s Emergency Department, discovered on a February flight to Florida, but by drawing on her training, her resolve, and her ability to make quick judgment calls, she was able to turn a stressful, unstable situation into a “great save.”

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    Our Shining STARs

    February 01, 2018
    Every month, staff members who embody service, teamwork, achievement, and respect, are designated Presby STARs and receive a certificate from Michele Volpe and a $100 award.
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    Letters from Leadership

    February 01, 2018

    From the desk of Kim Deppert, MBA, MCM, associate executive director for Cardiovascular Services: As we celebrate Heart Month this February, it seems the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on PPMC’s extraordinary heart and vascular programs.

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    A Donor, a Doll, and a Day to Remember

    February 01, 2018

    Through the Kathleen M. Rotz Lung Cancer Research Fund's 2nd Annual “Believe in the Magic of Santa” gift distribution program, underserved patients being treated at PPMC’s Abramson Cancer Center were “adopted” in order to spread the spirit of the season, ease financial burdens, and restore a sense of normalcy during what can be a highly emotional time of year.

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    Celebrating the Annual Children’s Holiday Party

    December 28, 2017
    For over a decade, PPMC and the West Powelton Concerned Community Council have joined forces to spread holiday cheer to families in West Philadelphia. On December 16, 125 local children enjoyed breakfast, entertainment, and a visit from Santa Claus himself!
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    Books Can Change a Story

    December 28, 2017
    Once upon a time, there was a nurse who was committed to making a difference inside her kingdom and out. One day, she learned that schools in the local village were closing their libraries one-by-one, leaving the children with no books to spark their imaginations. She knew something needed to be done – she just needed the gold to make it happen.
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    Hope and Healing During the Holidays

    December 28, 2017
    This time of year is often deeply significant for many of our patients. Being hospitalized during the holiday season can not only interrupt comforting routines and abruptly halt special rituals, but it can leave patients feeling alone and out of place. That’s where PPMC’s interfaith chaplains come in.
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    Spreading the (Puppy) Love

    December 28, 2017
    No matter how supportive the care team or how comfortable the environment, being hospitalized is often an overwhelming experience for patients and their families. But what if all they needed to de-stress was a welcome distraction from a warm, friendly, and positively snuggly visitor?
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    A Great Save: a Newborn and a New Chance at Life

    December 28, 2017
    It was the first day of 24-year-old Chelsea Scott-Hooks’ maternity leave – an occasion that should have been full of relaxation and excitement for the future. The birth of her baby was only weeks away, and her boyfriend had just closed on a home that their growing family would move into. Of course, she doesn’t remember these details, or what happened next.
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    Lauding Our Long-Timers

    December 28, 2017
    On November 21, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center honored its longest serving employees at the 51st Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony. Staff gathered together at The Inn at Penn, stepping away from the busy hospital to celebrate their milestones.
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    The Gift of Life and a Good Meal

    November 27, 2017

    It’s the time of year when we all focus on spreading the love, practicing gratitude, and giving back. PPMC is proud to have so many creative and committed volunteers who are excited to engage with the community all year round, whether through donation drives, working with students, or by providing that most perfect meal: weekend brunch.