(PHILADELPHIA) – Penn Presbyterian Medical Center is a proud sponsor of the third annual Pennsylvania “Sjögren's Walkabout,” which aims to increase awareness of the syndrome while raising funds for the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation’s research and education programs.

Sjögren's (“SHOW-grins”) syndrome is a devastating disease, affecting mostly women, in which the body’s immune system attacks the moisture-producing glands.  Along with symptoms of dryness of the eyes, mouth and other body parts, it can affect any body organ or system, causing severe joint pain and failure of major organs such as the lungs and kidneys.  It is the second leading autoimmune rheumatic disease, striking as many as four million Americans.

“Since the symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome are often misdiagnosed as other conditions, the average time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis is over six years,” said Frederick Vivino, MD, Director of the Penn Sjögren's Syndrome Center, located at Penn Presbyterian. “It is critical that we raise awareness about this devastating syndrome,” added Vivino, who is also Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Penn Presbyterian.


Tyler State Park
101 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940-1151


Saturday, June 2, 2007

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.
The Walk Steps off at 10:30 a.m.

For additional information, contact Sheriese DeFruscio at (518) 469-4984.


PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $7.8 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $405 million awarded in the 2017 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report — Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital – the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, a leading provider of highly skilled and compassionate behavioral healthcare.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2017, Penn Medicine provided $500 million to benefit our community.

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