Pastoral Care: A Presence at the Bedside, but So Much More

Throughout Penn Medicine, members of Pastoral Care – hospital chaplains (who have both theological training and specialized training in the health-care environment), community clergy, and specially trained volunteers – reach out every day. Whether by helping trauma families cope, providing space and time for staff to grieve a loss, or just being a good listener, they are making a difference.

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Today, millions of patients worldwide and more than half of U.S. hospitals use some form of telemedicine. Just as telehealth has grown over the years, so has Penn Medicine’s commitment to being a leader in the field.


Celebrating Life and Combating Hunger

While Penn is committed to volunteering all year round, there is something particularly “magical” about giving back to the community during the holiday season.


Fostering Resilience Through the Arts

This past summer, HUP Internal Medicine residents visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a workshop centered on applying art observation skills to their medical education.

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    Stay Focused and Get Well in the New Year!

    December 28, 2017
    The most common New Year’s resolutions we make are losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking, saving money, and reducing stress. Even if the clock has struck midnight and you haven’t come up with any resolutions, don’t worry. There’s no time like the present – let the Wellfocused team help!
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    December 28, 2017
    Our employees can take advantage of exclusive resources to help them succeed in their academic pursuits. Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is dedicated to helping Penn Medicine employees pursue their education goals, whether by helping them get started in a new career, finish a new degree, or advance to that next step in their career.
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    Awards and Accolades

    December 28, 2017
    Congratulations to our recent award and accolade recipients: Aaron Beck, MD; Deborah Driscoll, MD; Ray Hess; and Lynn Schuchter, MD.
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    Bramer Named CEO of Lancaster Behavioral Health

    December 28, 2017
    Jayne Van Bramer has been named chief executive officer at Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital. She will lead the new 126-bed behavioral health facility, which is currently under construction and expected to open in the summer of 2018, greatly expanding access to inpatient and outpatient mental-health treatment for the region.
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    LG Health Offers Substance Abuse Prevention to Local Schools

    December 28, 2017
    For more than 15 years, Lancaster General Health has worked to prevent substance abuse among Lancaster youth through the Botvin LifeSkills Training Program, an evidence-based curriculum that touches more than 5,000 students in grades three through eight annually.
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    Reversing the Diabetes Epidemic

    December 28, 2017
    More than a third of the state’s population has prediabetes, the precursor to type 2 diabetes. But thanks to Chester County Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program — the only one in Pennsylvania approved by the American Association of Diabetes Educators — many have reversed the course of this disease.
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    FirstCall: Virtual On-Demand Care for UPHS Staff

    November 27, 2017
    Taking time to see your primary care physician isn’t always easy, especially if the practice is not close to where you work. Now, FirstCall, Penn Medicine’s new virtual on-demand medical care line for employees, can help.
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    Walking with a Future Doc

    November 27, 2017

    After graduating from college but before starting her MPH degree at the Perelman School of Medicine, Elaine Tran became very involved with Walk With A Doc, an organization started by a cardiologist who, wanting to instill positive behavior changes in his patients, invited them to walk with him on a regular basis. It was an instant hit and spread quickly throughout the country. But no chapter existed in Philadelphia.

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    November 27, 2017

    Last month, Penn Medicine Academy launched a website designed for new employees and hiring managers at Penn Medicine. Highlights of the new website include checklists for a new employee’s first days, weeks and months on the job, frequently used links and customizable resources for hiring managers to support their new hire’s transition.

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    Reaching Out to Parkinson’s Patients

    November 27, 2017
    Managing Parkinson’s Disease can often prove difficult for patients and caregivers alike. Neurosurgery, in partnership with the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, hosted the Inaugural South Jersey Parkinson’s Disease Patient and Caregiver Symposium in October at Penn Medicine, Cherry Hill.
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