Members of the community enjoy the revitalized Saunders Park Greene.

PHILADELPHIA – West Philadelphia residents have a refreshing, revitalized green space in which to relax and play, thanks to a public-private revitalization project that recently spruced up the Saunders Park Greene with new plantings and signage. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on May 13 in the city-block-size park, which is owned and maintained by Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Funding for the park’s master plan was provided by Bank of America. Additional expertise and support was provided by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Saunders Park Neighbors Association and People’s Emergency Center.


Saunders Park Greene
Powelton Avenue at 39th Street
(Across from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Emergency Department entrance)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Directions are available at


Wednesday, May 13, 2009
3:30 p.m.


  • Michele Volpe, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer , Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Tom Woodward, President, Bank of America: Pennsylvania
  • Joan Reilly, Senior Director of Philadelphia Green, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Gloria Guard, president, People’s Emergency Center
  • Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
  • Jean Mitchell, Saunders Park Neighbors Association
  • Members of the West Powelton Concerned Community group and other local community members are also expected to attend.


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 #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to the National Institutes of Health, received over $366 million in NIH grants (excluding contracts) in the 2008 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, named one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. 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 $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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