October 5, 2006

CONTACT: Rick Cushman
(215) 349-5659

Invitation to Cover:
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Emergency Nursing
and the Red Cross Team Up to Donate Life

WHAT: Members of the media and public are invited to attend the annual blood drive jointly sponsored by the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Emergency Nursing and the Red Cross. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Nurses Department is celebrating Emergency Nurses Week October 8-14. Emergency Nurses Day is Wednesday, October 11. This year’s theme, “Emergency Nurses: Always ready. Always caring.” reflects the dedication of emergency nurses in the United States and around the world.

Since 1989, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has celebrated the second Wednesday in October as Emergency Nurses Day, a day set aside to honor emergency nurses for their commitment to patient care. Starting in 2001, ENA expanded the celebration to devote an entire week to honoring emergency nurses, because one day is simply not enough to recognize all contributions made by emergency nurses.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 10
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Penn Tower Lobby
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Editor's Note: All are welcome and encouraged to attend. All donors will get a free t-shirt.

Free parking available in Penn Tower garage.



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 theUniversity of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Suite]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

This release is available online at http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/oct06/blddrvITC.htm