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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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    CEO’s Corner

    February 23, 2018

    For 16 years, nurses have topped Gallup polls as the most honest and ethical American professionals. Throughout Penn Medicine – where each of our six hospitals has earned the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence – there is no aspect of patient care that nurses don’t have an imprint on.

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    Just One Spark of Light: Helping the Homeless

    February 23, 2018

    Jamel Harvey, enrollment coordinator in Medical Affairs, has been reaching out for years to help the homeless, giving food and money to help sustain them. But he knew that giving money alone is a Band-Aid, not a solution. “I wanted to put them back in society again, make them feel their self-worth, contributing,” he said.

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    Distinguished Nursing Clinician Academy Welcomes New Members

    February 23, 2018

    “Nurses make critical decisions and assessments about what patients need and share them with the patient care team,” said Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, HUP’s chief executive officer. “Tonight we honor our best direct-care nurses who inspire and motivate others.”

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    Princeton Health Receives First Beacon

    February 23, 2018
    Congratulations to the staff in the Llura & Gordon Gund Center for Critical Care at Princeton Medical Center for receiving a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
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    Helping to Grow Healthy Eating in Lancaster

    February 23, 2018

    Lancaster General Health’s Heart and Vascular Institute is teaming up with Lighten Up Lancaster County to increase access to fresh produce for area residents. “If you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you are more likely to eat them,” said Brenda Buescher, Health Promotion specialist.

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    PAH’s New Clinical Library: Space to Read and Relax

    February 23, 2018
    Pennsylvania Hospital’s newly renovated clinical library aims to serve as both an educational center and relaxing retreat where staff can pop in for a moment to breathe. 
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    Spreading Hope One Page at a Time

    February 23, 2018

    Many patients who spend time recovering in medical intensive care units experience a range of physical, cognitive, and psychological difficulties. To combat these challenges, PPMC’s MICU team has recently introduced healing journals in an effort to ‘bring meaning and life back to survivors of critical illness.’

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    Awards and Accolades

    February 23, 2018

    Congratulations to our newest members of the Academy of Master Clinicians, and to Caring Way and Chester County Hospital on their recent specialty certification and accreditation.

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    February 23, 2018

    Did you know that Penn Medicine offers a wealth of “discounts and deals” as an added bonus to being a health system employee? From entertainment to fitness – we want to help make your life easier to manage and more enjoyable – and make working at Penn Medicine even better.

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    Celebrating MLK’s Vision

    February 01, 2018

    Pennsylvania Hospital celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and reflected on the 50th anniversary of his assassination with a special panel discussion centered on how all of us can fulfill his vision by enacting change and serving others. 

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