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Three Penn Medicine hospitals were recognized last month with Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award and Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Awards from Vizient, Inc. The awards, which recognize the outstanding performance of member health systems, were presented during the 2019 Vizient Connections Education Summit in Las Vegas.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) was recognized as a 2019 Comprehensive Academic Medical Center. Penn Presbyterian Medical Center was recognized as a 2019 Large, Specialized Complex Care Medical Center, and Penn Medicine Chester County was recognized as a 2019 Complex Care Medical Center. HUP also received the Environmentally Preferred Sourcing Excellence Award for Comprehensive Academic Medical Centers. 

The Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award is given annually to comprehensive academic medical centers, large, specialized complex care medical centers, complex care medical centers and community-based medical centers that demonstrate superior performance, as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking program, which has been calculated annually since 2005.

Yale E. Goldman, MD, PhD, a professor of Physiology, received the Biophysical Society’s 2020 Kazuhito Kinosita Award in Single Molecule Biophysics. Goldman was recognized for his exceptional contributions to advancing the field of single molecule biophysics, specifically for his work in measuring and understanding the orientations, rotations and dynamics of motor proteins through the development and use of single-molecule imaging approaches. He will be presented with the award, which includes an honorarium and an invited lecture at the annual Biophysical Society meeting in February in San Diego.  


Rebecca A. Hubbard, PhD, an associate professor of Biostatistics, and Jason Karlawish, MD, a professor of Geriatrics and co-director of the Penn Memory Center, were reappointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Care Interventions for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers. In this rapidly growing research area, the committee is advising on various interventions for Alzheimer’s disease via a two-stage study with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In the first stage, the committee provided input into the design of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) systematic review of evidence, and in the spring, members will begin the second stage, considering the evidence and developing a report on which care interventions are supported by sufficient evidence and are ready for broad implementation.










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John H. Holmes, PhD, FACE, FACMI, a professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology, was appointed for a second term as a member of the Health Informatics Accreditation Council of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Chartered by the U.S. Department of Education Council for Higher Education Accreditation, this council evaluates and accredits master’s degree programs in Biomedical and Health Informatics, ensuring that they adhere to an accepted standard of competencies and learning outcomes. Holmes is an internationally recognized researcher and educator with a 20-year history in biomedical and health informatics education. In his role as a Councilor, he will join other informatics educators in reviewing applications for new and renewing Master’s degree programs in informatics, setting national accreditation standards and overseeing site visitors who evaluate program candidates for accreditation. 


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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