August 14 , 2008

CONTACT: Holly Auer
(215) 349-5659
holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu


Invitation to Cover: Philadelphia Camp Erin

100 Campers To Attend Innovative Bereavement Camp

(PHILADELPHIA) –  Kids who’ve lost a parent or a friend often don’t know where to turn as they process their sadness and worries. Camp Erin, developed by Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, through the Moyer Foundation and Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, gives them a unique place to grieve and heal – and have plenty of summer fun.

This weekend, children ages six to 17 who’ve experienced the death of parents, relatives or friends will gather for the Philadelphia area’s second annual Camp Erin. The three-day camp offers a variety of traditional summer camp activities combined with professional grief counseling, education and emotional support to help campers find innovative ways to remember and memorialize  their lost loved ones and develop essential coping skills.

WHERE:

Diamond Ridge Camps

1965 Deer Run Drive

Jamison, PA 18929

WHEN:

Saturday, August 16
10 AM to 5 PM

Media are welcome to film b-roll and interviews with campers and Camp Erin staff throughout the day, which will include camp sports activities, ropes courses and arts and crafts. Other activities available for filming include:

10 to 11 AM

Campers practice for the plays they’ll perform Saturday night

3:15 to 4:15 PM

Campers prepare for the evening candle lighting ceremony by decorating luminary bags in memory of the loved one they are grieving

WHO:

  • Stephen Phillips, MSW, LSW, Philadelphia Camp Erin Director
  • Joan Doyle, RN, MSN, MBA, Executive Director, Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
  • Elizabeth Alexander, RN, MS, Director, Wissahickon Hospice

For more information about Camp Erin, contact Holly Auer or visit www.pennhealth.com/camperin.

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PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals — its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top 10 “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2008/08/camp-erin-grief-support.html