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Unraveling the Mysteries of Nicotine Addiction

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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CEO’s Corner

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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Distinguished Nurse Clinician Academy Welcomes New Members

“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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Just One Spark of Light: Helping the Homeless

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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    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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    PM@Work

    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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    Celebrating Life and Combating Hunger

    December 28, 2017
    While Penn is committed to volunteering all year round, there is something particularly “magical” about giving back to the community during the holiday season.
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    CEO Column

    December 28, 2017
    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.
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    Pastoral Care: A Presence at the Bedside, but So Much More

    December 28, 2017
    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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    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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