PHILADELPHIA – During the busy holiday season, three Penn Medicine locations will pause to remember the friends, family and loved ones by lighting trees in their honor. Penn Wissahickon Hospice, a division of the Penn Home Care & Hospice Service and part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, holds the Light Up a Life ceremony annually to honor the people who have brightened and enriched the lives of others. Each light on the tree is dedicated in honor or memory of a patient, friend or loved one.

Donations to Light Up A Life will benefit the Penn Hospice Needy Patient Fund, which provides care, comfort and hospice support for the uninsured and underinsured. Penn Wissahickon Hospice patients receive exemplary care from a specialized team of physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains to manage pain symptoms and other physical, emotional and spiritual needs unique to patients in their final days.

This year, Light Up A Life events will be held on three days at three locations: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on December 2, Pennsylvania Hospital on December 4, and Chestnut Hill Hospital on December 7. Details of the events are below. For more information on Penn Home Care & Hospice Services, please visit http://www.pennmedicine.org/homecare/.


WHEN & WHERE:

WHO:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
5:00PM – 6:00PM

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5:00PM

Opening remarks in Philadelphia Heart Institute Conference Room

5:30PM- 5:45PM

Tree lighting ceremony in Myrin Circle

Michele Volpe, CEO of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Ana Pujols-McKee, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Penn Presbyterian, member of Penn Wissahickon Hospice Board of Trustees

Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services

Music by Penn Inspirations

Thursday, December 4, 2008
5:00PM – 6:00PM

Pennsylvania Hospital
Elm Garden Courtyard
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5:00PM

Opening remarks

5:30PM

Tree lighting ceremony

Kate Kinslow, CEO of Pennsylvania Hospital

Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services

Music by Penn Glee Club

 

 
Sunday, December 7, 2008
4:00PM – 5:00PM

Chestnut Hill Hospital
Hospital Entrance
8835 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

4:00PM

Opening remarks

4:30PM- 4:45PM

Tree lighting ceremony

Brooks Turkel, CEO Of Chestnut Hill Hospital

Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services

Music by harpist Gillian Grassi

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PENN Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in 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 currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 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 (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.

 

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 $6.7 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 $392 million awarded in the 2016 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 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.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.

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