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(PHILADELPHIA) -- Deb Staples has been named Chief Operating Officer of Pennsylvania Hospital, effective immediately.  Deb has been an integral member of the Pennsylvania Hospital leadership team, most recently as Vice President, Allied Health and Professional Services.  

As Chief Operating Officer, Deb will be responsible for the daily operations of the hospital and its ambulatory facilities.

Over her 17 years at Pennsylvania Hospital, Deb has been a trusted and effective leader for the hospital on projects such as the successful transition and integration of the inpatient psychiatric unit from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) to Pennsylvania Hospital. She also played a key role in the introduction of the laborist model for obstetrical care and the development of the Pennsylvania Hospital outpatient radiology site at the Tuttleman Center on the campus of Penn Medicine Rittenhouse.    

“I look forward to partnering with Deb as we develop and carry out our vision for the hospital together.  I know that her leadership, talent and energy will lead us to great places,” said R. Michael Buckley, MD, Pennsylvania Hospital Executive Director, upon making the announcement.    

Deb was previously Associate Vice President, Professional Services and also served as Executive Director of the Benjamin Franklin Clinic, a former affiliate of Pennsylvania Hospital.

She succeeds Ron Kumor, who departed in January after holding the position for the last four years.

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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