December 8, 2005

Olivia Fermano
(215) 349-5653


Invitation to Cover
Great Holiday Season Photo Opportunity!!


The 11th Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)


WHO: For over a century, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Abrahamsohn Committee of the Board of Women Visitors, a volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the hospital environment, has been spreading cheer among patients and their loved ones during the holiday season by providing patient-care areas with holiday plants and trees.

Once again this year, the trees - all of which are provided by the Committee - will be creatively and cleverly decorated by HUP staff, patients, and their loved ones, in each clinical unit. A panel of judges representing HUP and the Abrahamsohn Committee will choose ten “tree finalists.” Five winners will be selected and the units they represent will each be awarded $150 and a commemorative plaque.



Monday, December 12, 2005
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. -
Judging begins promptly at 10 a.m.


WHERE: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia
Ravdin Lobby (starting point for tour of units)

Not interested? Think it'll be totally boring? Think again! According to committee co-chair, Nancy Kneeland, the participating hospital units are VERY secretive, VERY competitive, and VERY creative when it comes to this annual contest. For example, last year’s finalists included:

  • The Philly Tree, decorated with soft-pretzels, Liberty Bells, and sports team logos, all to theme of ROCKY playing in the background.
  • The PENN-opoly Tree, decorated in the theme of one of America’s most popular board games - Monopoly - with a distinctive PENN flair.
  • The gigantic PENNguin tree…pretty much speaks for itself…
  • …and on a more serious note, the in-patient Oncology Unit decorated a beautiful moving tree completely with customized ribbons representing all types of cancer.

Editor’s Note: Media planning to cover this event should please call Olivia Fermano in the Department of Communications, at (215) 349-5653. Please call (215) 662-2560 day of event.



PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System comprises: its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.

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