News Release
  November 14, 2012

CONTACT:

Olivia Fermano

215-829-6799
olivia.fermano@uphs.upenn.edu

Perelman School of Medicine


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2012/11/combat/

Invitation to Cover: Penn Medicine Launches Combat to Care Campaign to Help Our Nation's Veterans

PHILADELPHIA – In recognition of Veteran’s Day this November, Penn Medicine proudly sponsors Joining Forces – a national initiative to heighten awareness about the health needs of our nation’s veterans, service members and families, and elevate the role that medical schools, nursing schools and teaching hospitals play in serving their community. Penn Medicine is hosting a reception to launch the initiative and honor their own faculty and staff as well as family members who have served in the military.

Joining Forces was established by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families during their service to our country and throughout their lives. Combat to Care, an extension of the national Joining Forces effort,is Penn Medicine’s campaign to: celebrate the service of our veteran faculty and staff; train our clinicians in the unique clinical challenges of caring for military service members, veterans, and their families; and recruit veterans who have demonstrated inspiring dedication, loyalty, and strength in the service of our nation to join Penn Medicine. Combat to Care  acknowledges Penn Medicine’s commitment to both hiring and retaining veterans, as well as recognizing the over 160 Health System and Perelman School of Medicine employees who have served, or are currently serving, in the Armed Forces in an active duty or reserve capacity.

After this initial launch (150-plus are slated to attend the reception), the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine will continue to host activities, including career fairs and unique educational programs, throughout the year, demonstrating their continued commitment to veterans returning from duty and their families.

WHERE: The Smilow Center for Translational Research 1st Floor, Lobby
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Civic Center Blvd., Bldg. 421
Phila., PA 19104

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2012
4 PM — 5:30 PM

Remarks at 4 PM

There will be a dedicated Moment of Silence to honor and celebrate the life of John Pryor, MD the former Trauma Program Director at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania who was killed on Christmas Day 2008, while serving his second tour of duty as an Army combat surgeon in Iraq – all US veterans.

4:40 PM The CAPA Concert Choir – Patriotic songs – a cappella

WHO: Opening Remarks
J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System
Dean, Perelman School of Medicine

Ralph W. Muller
Chief Executive Officer
University of Pennsylvania Health System

The CAPA Concert Choir
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts

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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.