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    Raising Spirits Throughout the Holiday Season

    January 09, 2017

    Reaching out into our communities to improve the lives of those less fortunate is one of Penn Medicine’s highest priorities. But giving back takes on a special significance during the holiday season.

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    Giving Thanks and Talking Options

    November 23, 2016

    Every year, Thanksgiving tends to ignite conversations with family members and friends in a way no other Holiday can. “So how about this election?” “Is Michael really applying to college as a philosophy major?” “Should we really be watching a sport that irreparably destroys the brains and bodies of young...

  • Are you Conversation Ready?

    February 01, 2016

    “We are good at planning for life before it comes into the world, but we rarely plan for death.” Susan Kristiniak, DHA, MSN, RN, associate director of Palliative Care, urged Penn Medicine employees in a recent training that many geriatric patients, including those with late stage forms of cancer, lack...

  • Music to Patients’ Ears

    September 18, 2015

    As I get out of the elevator on a Friday morning at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, I follow angelic voices to the unit’s volunteer Threshold Singers practicing for a day of spreading comfort to patients. Since 2012, when co-director Doris Mogen began the all-volunteer, 15-member chapter, she and other members...

  • Measuring What Matters

    April 30, 2015

    In 2013, an estimated 1.5 to 1.61 million patients received hospice services, and 1.1 million Americans spent their final days in hospice care. Hospice patients suffer from serious and progressive illnesses – such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Whether they are cared for in their home (which...

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