News Release
  February 17, 2014

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Katie Delach

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Perelman School of Medicine


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Penn Medicine Launches Nationwide "Impressions of Philadelphia" Photography Contest

Winning Entries to be Installed in Penn Presbyterian's New Pavilion for Advanced Care

PHILADELPHIA — Penn Medicine, in partnership with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, today announced a new opportunity for photographers to have their work displayed in a unique setting. Up to 25 images depicting the theme “Impressions of Philadelphia” will be selected for large format wall displays (approximately 19x19 feet) in public areas of the new Pavilion for Advanced Care (PAC) at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Installations will be a permanent element to the interior design of the Pavilion, which is scheduled for completion in January 2015, and are anticipated to be displayed for the life of the building. In addition, prizes will be awarded for Best in Show ($5,000) and Top 5 ($1,000 each).

“We’re thrilled to invite members of the Penn Medicine community, Philadelphia and beyond to take part in helping to design the interior of our new Pavilion,” said Michele Volpe, executive director and CEO of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the work of some very talented artists – professional or amateur – and we’re excited to see Philadelphia through their eyes.”

Submissions should reflect the theme “Impressions of Philadelphia,” and should capture elements of local landscape, architecture, or objects with artistic composition. Preference will be given to unique, not necessarily iconic images. Winning submissions will be printed on laminate panels in black and white with post processing modification made by a design team to add a highlighted color pop which will correspond to the PAC interior color palette. Possible locations for display include waiting rooms, imaging suites, and elevator lobby walls throughout the hospital Pavilion.

“We want the new Pavilion to feel inviting and soothing for our patients and guests, and we recognize that images of home can serve as a source of comfort in difficult times,” said Alyson Cole, assistant executive director of Penn Presbyterian and PAC project executive. “We draw inspiration from our community, so it makes sense for us to involve them in this process.

Judging will consist of two rounds of evaluation. A panel of judges will review submissions based on the quality of the images and consistency with the desired theme. Selected entries will be chosen for the Finalist Review Round. Artists will be notified of the panel's decision by email. Those artists whose images are accepted to the Finalist Review Round will be given further instructions at that time.

The deadline for submissions if May 15, 2014. For more information on the contest, guidelines and submission criteria, please visit PennMedicine.org/PhotographyContest

About Penn Presbyterian Medical Center’s Pavilion for Advanced Care
The new 178,000 square foot Pavilion for Advanced Care will feature overall upgrades and enhanced capacity for emergency, surgical, trauma and critical care patients at PPMC. This will be coupled with a second helipad, ensuring rapid access to state of the art resources for all critically ill patients. The project also includes an expansion and significant renovations to the current structure. In addition, the expansion will provide the infrastructure and programmatic support needed to become Penn Medicine’s Level-I Regional Resource Trauma Center. In addition to added emergency bay and operating room capacity, a new state-of-the art trauma resuscitation area will be dedicated to the evaluation and stabilization of critically injured patients. 

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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.