January 17, 2007

CONTACT: Rick Cushman
(215) 349-5659

Invitation to Cover:
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Celebrates Giving the Gift of Life

(PHILADELPHIA) – Members of the media are invited to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for the first annual Delaware Valley Health Council Gift of Life Award presentation. The award was established last year to recognize a hospital for excellence in family care and outstanding rates of organ donation.

WHEN: January 19th, 2007
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
2:00 pm Welcome
Pam Clarke
Vice President for Managed Care, DVHC
2:05 Introduction of Event and Overview
John J. Lynch, III
President and CEO, Main Line Health
2:10 A National Perspective on Organ Donation
Dennis Wagner
Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, United States Department of Health and Human Services
2:20 Presentation of Award
Jack Lynch

Acceptance of Award
Garry Scheib
Executive Director, HUP

Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD
Chief, PENN Transplant Center
Director, PENN Transplant Institute

2:40 The Gift of Life - a donor family's perspective from Cynthia London
Remarks & Introductions made by
Howard Nathan
President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program
2:50 The Gift of Life - a recipient's gratitude from Kathi Clapham
Remarks & Introductions made by
Vivek Ahya, MD
Medical Director, PENN Lung Transplant Program
3:00 Closing Remarks
WHERE: Flyers/Sixers Surgical Theatre
Ground Floor, White Building
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania [map]
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This award was established to recognize hospitals for excellence in family care and outstanding rates of organ donation. Several departments at HUP helped in achieving this award and will be present to celebrate. These departments include Emergency, Trauma, Anesthesia and Critical Care, Nursing, Pastoral Care and Social Work, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Medicine, Surgery, Transplant and Administration. Representatives from each department will be available for brief media interviews at the ceremony.

Editor's Note: Registration is required to attend. Contact Rick Cushman (215) 349-5659 or rick.cushman@uphs.upenn.edu.


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.

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