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PHILADELPHIA – Julia Puchtler, the chief financial officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), has been named to the 2020 class of the Carol Emmott Fellowship. The fellowship was established to address the significant underrepresentation of women in the top ranks of hospital and health system leadership. Its newest class includes Puchtler and 20 other women who fill various high-level health roles across the country.

The Carol Emmott Fellowship was established to provide visibility and support for women in health leadership roles. While around three-quarters of health care jobs are filled by women, less than 20 percent of hospital chief executive roles are filled by women.

“When women are under-represented in leadership roles, the field of health and medicine are deprived of the full range of talents, skills, and perspectives that gender equity affords,” said Christine Malcolm, the executive director of the Carol Emmott Fellowship and chief executive officer of the Carol Emmott Foundation.

During the 14-month fellowship, Puchtler will participate in monthly webinars discussing leadership in health and policy, and she will travel to a series of conferences with others in the field. She’ll also be paired with a nationally-recognized senior health leader as a mentor.

Before being promoted to CFO at HUP, Puchtler, who joined Penn Medicine in 2015, served as vice president of Finance Operations and Budget and, before that, she served as the vice president for Strategic Financial Planning & Decision Support at Trinity Health. Puchtler has also been a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association since 2011.

Upon completion of her Carol Emmott Fellowship, Puchtler will become a member of the Carol Emmott Fellowship Alumnae Network, which will allow for more networking and support between Puchtler and other women who are leaders in their organizations.

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 $8.6 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 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 $494 million awarded in the 2019 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; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 43,900 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2019, Penn Medicine provided more than $583 million to benefit our community.

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