Clinicians are leveraging data-driven technology to transform the way we deliver the best care to each patient. And nowhere is the success of this partnership more evident than at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.
Academic medical centers are important community anchors in cities across the nation. We’re an economic engine and an educational pipeline for the next generation, but the drive to serve our community at large – far beyond the boundaries of our campus and in ways that transcend health care – is also a critical part of our mission.
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.
After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, stories emerged of bystander courage that took place before first responders arrived. Concertgoers used shirts, belts and other makeshift tourniquets to stop the bleeding of those who were shot or severely injured.
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.
Congratulations to our recent awards and accolades recipients!
The foundation of Chester County Hospital is a carefully sewn fabric, each stitch judiciously pieced together. The resulting pattern is culturally rich and enduring, with CCH’s stories and culture passed down and shared.
Over the past few months, an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and leadership at Pennsylvania Hospital has been highlighting the important role that consistency plays in improving the patient experience and best serving patients along their healthcare journey at PAH.
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.
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.