September 24, 2004
University of Pennsylvania Health System Employees
Walking to Cure Cardiovascular Diseases
WHAT: 2004 American Heart Walk
There are 250,000 sudden cardiac deaths each year in
the United States, according to the American Heart Association
(AHA). Cardiovascular diseases rank as America’s
number one killer. More Americans die of cardiovascular
disease than all forms of cancer, AIDS, and accidents
combined. Every 33 seconds, someone dies from heart
The 2004 Philadelphia Heart Walk seeks to raise $1
million for AHA research, treatment and education programs.
Last year, walkers raised $620,000 and attracted more
than 4,000 participants, including representatives from
100 different corporations and organizations throughout
the five-county area.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS)
is once again supporting the AHA and its goal of reducing
heart disease by participating in the 2004 American
Heart Walk. From 2000 to 2003, UPHS contributions increased
from $794 to over $83,000. The goal this year is $100,000.
WHO: UPHS employees walking the 6.2
miles together to battle cardiovascular diseases.
Look for UPHS team members wearing long-sleeve, blue
T-shirts with the Penn logo on the back and our slogan,
“We See Life Ahead.”
WHEN: Sunday, September 26, 2004 –
rain or shine!
Registration begins at 8:00 AM.
Walking begins at 9:00 AM.
WHERE: Memorial Hall, Fairmont Park,
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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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 (created in 1993 as the nation’s
first integrated academic health system).
Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #3 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.
Penn Health System is comprised of: 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; Presbyterian
Medical Center; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care
provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities;
and home health care and hospice.