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October 4, 2013

Pennsylvania Hospital Hosts 2013 Intensive Care Nursery Reunion

Specials Guests Who Got Their Start as Tiny Babies at the Nation's First Hospital Return to Celebrate Life, Friendship and Personal Bonds

WHAT:

Pennsylvania Hospital, is hosting its 2013 Intensive Care Nursery reunion with parents and former infant patients. All families were invited to come back to PAH to celebrate life and reconnect with staff and other families with whom they forged deep bonds during their infants' time in the ICN. Nearly 400 people have registered to attend the event.

WHEN:

Saturday, October 5, 2013
11 am to 3 pm
Group Photo at 11:45 a.m.

WHERE:

Pennsylvania Hospital’s Elm Garden – Adjacent to Hospital Main Entrance
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107

WHO:

The most babies per year in the city of Philadelphia – nearly 5,000 – are delivered at Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH), which has been at the forefront of neonatal services for over half a century. Approximately 40 percent of the infants born at PAH are from high-risk pregnancies and about half of those babies require advanced neonatal care. Many are born at very low birth weights, as low as just one pound – small enough to wear diapers barely larger than tea bags. These special babies require high-tech care as they learn to breathe, grow and gain weight. They receive close monitoring in high-tech isolettes, during stays that sometimes exceed several months until babies are developed and well enough to go home. The ICN staff and patient families often form close bonds during this time.

Although photos and cards from families give the staff a glimpse of the great things that happen for babies after they’re discharged, this reunion provides an opportunity to see these once-tiny success stories up close and personal.

National data show that PAH consistently ranks among the best centers in the US for outcomes of these preterm infants. The Hospital’s Level III ICN currently houses 45 bassinets, including intensive care and transitional care sections. The Level III nursery – the highest level of medical care available – is staffed by physicians from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and nurses who specialize in infant intensive care.

 

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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.

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