January 15, 2007

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Retired Penn Nurse Donates a Million Dollars to Former Employer, the
University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Radiation Oncology, to Establish Fellowship

(PHILADELPHIA) – At a reception in University City, an exceptionally dedicated, retired nurse was honored for making a donation of one million dollars to her former employer, the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Radiation Oncology.

“We are here to honor a friend, former employee, and former chief nurse,” said Stephen M. Hahn, MD, current chair of Penn’s Radiation Oncology, in his opening remarks. “This extraordinary gift will establish the John C. and Elizabeth Kendall Fellowship Fund in Radiation Oncology at Penn. It will be used to train nurses, technicians, and physicians in leading edge technologies and novel radiation therapies to fight cancer.”

Mrs. Kendall began her nursing career at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania directly after graduating from Penn’s School of Nursing in 1968. In 1977, the Hospital and Penn’s School of Medicine launched its Department of Radiation Oncology. Mrs. Kendall worked in the department from that time until her retirement in 1993.

Mr. Kendall, also a Penn alumus, graduated from Wharton in 1956.

Robert Goodman, MD, the first to chair Penn’s Department of Radiation Oncology from 1977 to 1991, was also in attendance. “This gift is such a great honor to the department, and a great honor to the Kendall family – unique and remarkable – the likes of which I’ve never seen from a former employee.”


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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