News Release
  May 14, 2013

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Olivia Fermano

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Perelman School of Medicine


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Pennsylvania Hospital Skilled Care Center Receives State's Second Annual Award for Excellence

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf will be in Philadelphia tomorrow to present the second annual “Awards for Excellence in Health Care Compliance” to the Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) Skilled Care Center (SCC).

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
WHERE: Pennsylvania Hospital
Zubrow Auditorium
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The PAH SCC is the only site in Philadelphia and one of only two out of 711 long-term care facilities regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to receive this award. Facilities are required to have no state citations over the last three calendar years based on annual health survey inspections in order to receive this award.

“The staff members of the Skilled Care Center are elated that they have once again been awarded the Department of Health's annual Award for Excellence in Healthcare Compliance,” said SCC Administrator Kathy Magnes, BSN RN NHA. “It had only been made possible through the continued dedication and efforts of my skilled care team members to ensure that Pennsylvania Hospital remains ‘the best place for a patient to be a patient.’ We are honored to receive this recognition.”

The other site to receive the award is the Schuylkill Center of Genesis HealthCare in Pottsville. Both sites also received the award last year when it was first established.

The Department of Health licenses and oversees all long-term care facilities statewide and conducts approximately 5,000 inspections annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations. All department-licensed long-term care facilities are eligible for the Annual Award of Excellence and did not need to apply to be considered.

“When we developed this award last year, our goal was to improve our interaction with health care facilities by providing something we were lacking – positive reinforcement,” said acting secretary of health Michael Wolf. “We are honored to be able to highlight some of our own strengths in the commonwealth as this award demonstrates the commitment and dedication of facilities to deliver safe, top-quality health care to some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens.”

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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.