Lit treesPHILADELPHIA – Members of the Philadelphia Flyers are scheduled to be on hand for Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s annual Light Up a Life ceremony at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse on Tuesday, November 30 at 6:00pm. At the event, a tree will be lit; each light on the tree is dedicated in honor or memory of a patient, friend or loved one.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Light Up a Life at Chestnut Hill Hospital, which will host their ceremony on Sunday, December 5. Since the first ceremony in 1990, events have expanded to Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Penn Medicine Rittenhouse. Each December, the lights on the Light Up a Life trees shine brightly as symbols of hope and of Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s commitment to the care, comfort and support of terminally ill patients and their families. 

Donations to Light Up a Life will benefit the Penn Wissahickon Hospice Needy Patient Fund, which provides support for the uninsured and underinsured. Penn Wissahickon Hospice provides 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.

Details of the events are below. For more information on Penn Home Care & Hospice Services, please visit




Penn Medicine Rittenhouse
South Street Lobby
1800 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Opening remarks


Tree lighting ceremony

  • Laura & Sean O’Donnell and Kate & Matt Walker of the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
  • Elizabeth Alexander, Director of Penn Wissahickon Hospice
  • Mary Ann Saleski, Senior Vice President, Comcast-Spectacor Foundation

Sunday, December 5, 2010

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

Sunday, December 5, 2010
4:00PM – 5:00PM


Opening remarks

4:30PM- 4:45PM

Tree lighting ceremony

  • Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
  • Brooks Turkel, CEO Of Chestnut Hill Hospital
  • Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, APRN, MBE, 2010 Chestnut Hill Light Up A Life Chair
  • Francis Ballard, Esq, Wissahickon Hospice Co-Founder
  • Dr. Charles Lee, Wissahickon Hospice Co-Founder


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 $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 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 $373 million awarded in the 2015 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 Chestnut Hill Hospital and 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 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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