On June 21, Jack Ludmir, MD and his wife, Blima Ludmir were recognized with one of Pennsylvania Hospital’s highest honors: the 2016 Good Samaritan Award. The Ludmirs have been pillars of the Penn and PAH communities for more than three decades, and together their commitment to philanthropy has helped improve access to health services for women and immigrants throughout Philadelphia.
“We are humbled to receive The Good Samaritan Award. Our close relationship to Pennsy has been marked by our sincere love for the institution and for what it represents,” Dr. Ludmir said. “Our children and grandchildren were born at Penn and the treatment they received was superb and exactly the same as treatment given to all patients, regardless of ethnicity, country of origin, or ability to pay.”
Dr. Ludmir served as the PAH’s chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 18 years before stepping down in January 2016. Alongside his wife, Blima – who has served as patient navigator, translator, and a constant source of support to patients – he has helped transform the way women in our community receive health care. Among his many achievements:
- The initial integration of obstetric services across Penn Medicine based on safety and quality
- The introduction of Philadelphia’s first laborist practice
- The co-founding of Puentes de Salud and Latina Community Health Services to provide care to underserved immigrants
- Worldwide travel to improve women’s health, including a recent sabbatical trip to South America to reduce maternal mortality and to combat the Zika virus
- The recent re-naming of Women’s and Children’s Health Services to the Ludmir Center for Women’s Health
“Together, this couple defines what it means to be a Good Samaritan – their compassion, commitment to helping others, and their generosity has benefited us all – PAH, Penn Medicine and our community,” Penn Medicine’s Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Deborah Driscoll, MD, said during the award ceremony.
Since its inception in 1985, the Good Samaritan Award has been given annually to an individual or individuals who have provided exemplary volunteer leadership and support with a spirit of generosity and caring for PAH.
“The Pennsy way of caring in an atmosphere of excellence and support is based on a long history and tradition, in which women and their children are in the center of our attention. We don’t have any doubts this tradition will continue for many years to come,” Dr. Ludmir added.
Congratulations to the Ludmirs and thank you for everything that you have done for Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, and the world!