41-Penn-Med-VeteransIn recognition if our nation’s veterans, PennMedicine proudly sponsors Joining Forces – a national initiative toheighten awareness about the health needs of our nation’s veterans, servicemembers and families, and elevate the role that medical schools, nursingschools and teaching hospitals play in serving their community. Last month, PennMedicine hosted a reception to launch the initiative and honor our own facultyand staff as well as family members who have served in the military.

From L to R are JimKelley, former Marine and director of Engineering Services; Dr. Jack Ludmir,chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Dan Wilson, vice president of Alliedhealth & Ambulatory Services attending the Combat to Care campaignkick-off.

Joining Forces was established byFirst Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to bring Americans together torecognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military familiesduring their service to our country and throughout their lives. Combat to Care, an extension of the national JoiningForces effort, is Penn Medicine’scampaign to: celebratethe service of our veteran faculty and staff; train our clinicians in theunique clinical challenges of caring for military service members, veterans,and their families; and recruit veterans who have demonstrated inspiringdedication, loyalty, and strength in the service of our nation to join PennMedicine. Combatto Care  acknowledgesPenn Medicine’s commitment to both hiring and retaining veterans, as well asrecognizing the over 160 Health System and Perelman School of Medicineemployees who have served, or are currently serving, in the Armed Forces in anactive duty or reserve capacity.

After this initial launch theUniversity of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine will continue to host activities,including career fairs and unique educational programs, throughout the year.

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