| (PHILADELPHIA) – For the tenth consecutive
year, the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s
Penn Care at Home
unit will visit homebound patients in the West Philadelphia area with
Santa Claus and carolers to provide holiday cheer this Thursday, Dec.
14. The group of volunteers has varied through the decade, but organizer
Christine Bossone has continued the tradition each year.
“I started this 10 years ago,” says Bossone. “I
was a nurse in the field and saw that these people, many of whom live
alone, needed holiday cheer. They are in dire straits, some recuperating
from a dire illness. It’s one way we can offer a little encouragement.
When we are in their homes, they have a ball. They just love it.”
The carolers are well-received and the patients often call Penn Care
at Home weeks before the day to ensure that the group will drop by
and sing. What better way to spread good will than to bring it to
those who cannot leave their homes?
||3901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
||Dec. 14, 2006
2:00 to 2:15 PM
|| Penn Care at Home and Santa to carol to homebound patients
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 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 #3 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 includes three hospitals,
all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's
first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice
plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite
facilities; and home care and hospice.