April 21, 2009

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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Nurse Organizes Grassroots Community Health Fair

April 25 Event Provides Free Dental, Medical, Pharmaceutical Screenings to West Philadelphia Residents

PHILADELPHIA – As the cost of medical care and the number of people without medical care continue to rise and preventative care declines, a critical care nurse from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center has gathered experts in health and wellness together for a free community health fair in West Philadelphia. Children, adults and seniors can visit the “Spring into Health Community Day” to receive blood pressure and diabetes screenings, HIV testing, nutritional counseling, pharmaceutical medication review, physical exercise tips and more. In addition, there will be cultural performances, face painting, light food and giveaways throughout the afternoon.


Saunders Park
Powelton Avenue at 39th Streets
(Across from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Emergency Department entrance)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Directions and parking information are available online at


Saturday, April 25, 2009
1PM – 5PM


Please call to arrange interviews with:

  • Penn Presbyterian critical care nurse Shonta Collins, RN, BSN, MPA, Founder and President of Explorers Sans Frontières (ESF), a grass roots organization supporting underserved populations in both the local and global community.


PENN Medicine is a $3.6 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 the National Institutes of Health, received over $366 million in NIH grants (excluding contracts) in the 2008 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 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 (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.

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