News Release
 

November 28, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Menard
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Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu

Perelman School of Medicine


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Penn Hospice "Light Up a Life" Events Honor Loved Ones During Holiday Season

Tree Lighting Ceremonies Held This Week at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Medicine Rittenhouse and Chestnut Hill Hospitals

PHILADELPHIA The holidays can be difficult for those who have lost a loved one. This week, Penn Medicine will host its annual Light Up a Life ceremonies, to honor and remember family, friends, and loved ones who have passed, by lighting trees in their honor. Penn Wissahickon Hospice, a division of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services and part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, holds the celebration in honor of the people who have brightened and enriched the lives of others. The thousands of lights on the trees are each dedicated in honor or memory of a patient, friend or loved one.

Donations to Light Up a Life will benefit the Penn Wissahickon Hospice Needy Patient Fund, which provides care, comfort and hospice support for the uninsured and underinsured. Penn Wissahickon Hospice patients and their families receive multidisciplinary care from a specialized team of physicians, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors and chaplains to manage pain symptoms and other physical, emotional and spiritual needs unique to patients in their final days. Each December, the lights on the Light Up a Life trees shine brightly as symbols of hope and of Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s commitment to the care, comfort and support of terminally ill patients and their families.

This year, Light Up a Life events will be held on at four Penn Medicine locations, starting with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on November 29, Pennsylvania Hospital on December 1, Penn Medicine Rittenhouse on December3 and Chestnut Hill Hospital on December 4. Details of the events are below. For more information on Penn Home Care & Hospice Services, please visit http://pennmedicine.org/homecare/.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
6:00 PM

6:00PM

Opening remarks in Philadelphia Heart Institute Conference Room

6:30PM

Tree lighting ceremony in Myrin Circle

  • Dr. Kevin Fosnocht, Chief Medical Officer of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
  • Gary Ginsberg, 2011 Light Up A Life Chair & Assistant Director, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Music by the Philadelphia Singers

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pennsylvania Hospital
Elm Garden Courtyard
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Thursday, December 1, 2011
5:30PM

5:30PM

Opening remarks

6:00PM

Tree lighting ceremony

  • Dr. Michael Buckley, CEO of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
  • Music by the Philadelphia Singers

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Penn Medicine Rittenhouse
18th Street Lobby
1800 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Saturday, December 3, 2011
4:00PM

4:00PM

Opening remarks

4:30PM

Tree lighting ceremony

  • Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
  • Elizabeth Alexander, Director of Penn Wissahickon Hospice
  • Music by the Philadelphia Singers

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Chestnut Hill Hospital
Hospital Entrance
8835 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Sunday, December 4, 2011
4:00PM

4:00PM

Opening remarks

4:30PM

Tree lighting ceremony

  • Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
  • Dr. Vicki D. Lachman, Chair of the Chestnut Hill Hospital Board of Trustees and 2011 Light Up A Life Chair
  • Reverend Maxine Maddox Dornemann
  • Teresa M. Kelly, RN, MSN Hospital Administrator, Chestnut Hill Hospital
  • Music by the Philadelphia Singers

 

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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 $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 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 $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; 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 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.