Penn Medicine Tackles Low Health Literacy

A physician instructs a patient to take two pills a day but the woman doesn’t understand what that means. She’s afraid to ask her doctor and decides to take both at the same time, assuming that it makes no difference. The above example of a communication “breakdown” may not seem overly serious, but health literacy, the problem it illustrates, is.

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CEO's Corner

At the height of World War II, Penn Medicine surgeon I.S. Ravdin, then a 30-year member of the National Guard, was called to serve in India. The mission of his unit: clear a jungle to build a hospital. As the war neared its close, Ravdin took over operations at the new hospital, which was affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and became known as one of the best in the China-Burma-India theater.


PM Reaches Out to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Jane Chen, a programmer in the Office of Medical Affairs, works remotely from Houston. When Hurricane Harvey hit, her coworkers in Philadelphia were all concerned for her.


Learning from the Best

Last month, the Penn Medicine Orchestra had the opportunity to learn from the best. Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra joined them in a rehearsal, playing with them but also providing some teaching as well.

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    October 26, 2017

    Cesar Briceño, MD, of Ophthalmology, traveled to Colombia, South America earlier this year for the Colombian Pediatric Ophthalmology Society but he also spent time providing comprehensive eye exams to children and adults in Leticia, an area in the Amazon rainforest (in the southernmost region of Colombia) that has poor access to healthcare resources.

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    Jacqueline Gannon Somerville, PhD, RN, has been appointed HUP’s chief nursing executive, and James Weinstein, CPA, has joined Penn Home Care and Hospice Services as its chief financial officer.

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    October 26, 2017

    For the past two years, The Chester County Hospital Foundation has welcomed hospital patients and the greater community to honor doctors, nurses or other team members from CCH who have touched their life or the lives of their family members.

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    October 26, 2017

    LGH hosted a special luncheon at its Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute to celebrate the 94th birthday of its namesake.

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    PM Cherry Hill Achievement Award

    October 26, 2017

    Penn Medicine won the Achievement in Planning Award from the New Jersey Planning Officials (NJPO) for the repurposing of a vacant building that now serves as the location for Penn Medicine Cherry Hill.

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    October 26, 2017

    Penn Medicine is committed to providing a personalized health care experience tailored to the unique needs of our nation’s veterans.

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    125 Years of Service to its Community

    September 28, 2017

    In the last decade of the 1800s, the town in the heart of Chester County – West Chester – was a thriving community of 8,000 people. There were many educational institutions, as well as churches, commercial businesses, rail service, a newspaper and an established fire company — but no hospital.

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    CEO's Corner

    September 28, 2017

    Given the tumultuous past few months, I wanted to revisit the vital role government, at every level, plays in health care and reiterate Penn Medicine's responsibility to work with government officials and effect positive change in health care policy.

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    CAR T Receives FDA Approval!

    September 28, 2017

    In a landmark decision, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August approved chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T) therapy developed by researchers at Penn to pediatric and young adult patients with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), who have run out of convenional treatment options.

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