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“Heroic Efforts” Transform a Triathlon Tragedy into a Remarkable Recovery

Joe Sweeney, a volunteer firefighter, was 58 years old, in good shape, and a veteran of Chester County’s annual Marshalton Triathlon, but it was his wife Bernadette who pedaled into the lead. Everything took a turn, though, when she heard Joe yell her name and looked around to see him slipping from his bike. “Heart Attack Hill” had lived up to its name.

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CEO’s Corner

The growing problem of opioid addiction has rightfully taken position as one of the top public health issues of our time, and reversing its course will take a multi-pronged approach. Penn Medicine is taking critical steps across our hospitals, outpatient practices, and classrooms to better protect and treat patients, educate our health care professionals and trainees, and share our experiences with others in our field.

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Daphne Owen: Next Generation Leader

Daphne Owen, MD, a third year resident in Emergency Medicine at HUP, received the 2018 Next Generation Leader Award from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in recognition of her exemplary professional success and her deep commitment to give, advocate, and volunteer. 

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Creating Comfort Through Cuddling

For the more than 500,000 premature babies born in the U.S. each year, a human touch can have a powerful impact on healthy growth and development. Thanks to a Huggies’ “No Baby Unhugged” grant – one of only seven given nationwide – Chester County Hospital has created a volunteer newborn-hugging program.

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    An Outpouring of Love, Support, and Flower Petals

    March 29, 2018

    Pennsylvania Hospital staff joined forces to ensure that a young woman recently admitted with stage 4 melanoma with metastasis to her brain, could walk down the aisle before her surgery. While the bride hoped to organize a small ceremony – no fanfare required – her care team had something bigger and more beautiful in mind.

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    Princeton’s Animal-Assisted Therapy Helps Engage Kids

    March 29, 2018
    When children and adolescents first enter the outpatient center of Princeton House Behavioral Health in Hamilton, NJ, they are often reserved and nervous. But then a black cockapoo named Sadie pokes her head in, and the walls start to come down. 
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    Recognizing Winners in Quality and Patient Safety

    March 29, 2018
    The annual UPHS Quality and Safety Awards recognize achievements in quality and patient safety.  This year, more than 120 submissions from multidisciplinary teams throughout Penn Medicine demonstrated the breadth and impact of these initiatives on patient care. 
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    An Innovative Approach to Hay Hole Safety

    March 29, 2018
    While urban areas mostly deal with potholes, for some farmers in Lancaster County – especially a small subset of its population, commonly known as the Amish – it’s hay holes that pose a danger. 
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    Fans Help Eagles Fly!

    March 29, 2018

    Throughout Penn Medicine, staff were showing their support for the Eagles! Celebrations were held across the health system, including watch parties for patients and their families, decorated patient care units, and other in-house displays of spirit.

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    Mahoney Receives Heart of Philadelphia Award from AHA

    March 29, 2018
    Kevin Mahoney, EVP and chief administrative officer for the health system, received the Heart of Philadelphia Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes members of the community who perform philanthropic duties which results in significant change in society. 
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    Awards and Accolades

    March 29, 2018
    From appointments to prestigious journals to awards in clinical science, Penn Medicine clinicians have a lot to be proud of. Congratulations to our most recent high-achievers!
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    Ready for Anything

    March 29, 2018
    Using tarps for a burrito-like “hypowrap” to insulate a hypothermic patient and transport him safely is one of the many emergency skills students at the Perelman School of Medicine learn during a two-week wilderness and disaster medicine training course.
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    March 29, 2018
    We know spring is just around the corner because we’re coming up on Open Enrollment and Health Fair season at UPHS! This is the time to learn more about the valuable benefits you receive as a UPHS employee and take positive steps for you and your family’s optimal well-being.
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    Unraveling the Mysteries of Nicotine Addiction

    February 23, 2018

    The Surgeon General’s landmark report directly linked cigarette smoking to lung cancer 50 years ago but, yet, nearly 40 million adults in the U.S. still smoke cigarettes, and new ones start every day. What is drawing them in, and why can’t they stop? That’s what Penn’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction multidisciplinary team is examining.

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