Invitation to Cover

The longevity revolution in Philadelphia continues. Super-centenarian Ms. Willie Lassiter will be celebrating her 111th birthday in style on Friday, in the company of family, friends, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

Born on September 30, 1900, Ms. Lassiter has lived through economic depressions, segregation, world wars, and 20 of the 44 United States Presidents. She is the granddaughter of slaves and remembers when women and blacks couldn't vote. During the Great Depression, she stood in line to get rations of meat.

Ms. Lassiter has lived in West Philadelphia since she moved from North Carolina with her husband, Walter, in 1926. Walter died of leukemia fifty years ago, when she was 61.

She attributes her long life to the fact that she didn't drink or smoke, and her faith; she spent 70 years as a deaconess in her West Philly church. Ms. Lassiter isn't the only person in her family to live a long life; one of her brothers lived to be 100 years old.

WHERE: Penn Center for Rehabilitation and Care
36th and Chestnut Street (on the northwest corner)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Friday, September 30, 2011


Singing “Happy Birthday”

10:15 – 10:30

Birthday cake with 111 candles

  • Ms. Willie Lassiter, Penn Center for Rehabilitation and Care resident
  • Penn Center for Rehabilitation and Care staff and administrators
  • Mayor Nutter


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.