November 17 , 2008

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First Philadelphia Inpatient Hospice Facility Provides Comfort and Care to Patients and Families
Philadelphia Flyers Join for Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse Opening

PHILADELPHIA – Blending the comforts of home with first-class end-of-life care, Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, a division of Wissahickon Hospice and part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will open its doors for terminally ill patients this week in Center City Philadelphia. The first inpatient hospice of its kind in the area, the facility offers 12 large, private rooms, a spa center, meditation area and panoramic views of the city. Patients will receive exemplary care from a specialized team of physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and chaplains to manage pain symptoms and other physical, emotional and spiritual needs unique to patients in their final days. Families will be able to spend time with their loved ones 24 hours a day, and will have access to a family lounge with wireless internet, a dining room with full kitchen as well as respite and bereavement support.


Penn Hospice @ Rittenhouse
1800 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146


Monday, November 17, 2008
4:30PM – 8:00PM

Tours of the Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse will be available before and after the ribbon cutting.


Ribbon cutting for select guests


Opening remarks (mult box available)


  • Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
  • Ralph Muller, CEO of UPHS
  • Gary Scheib, Chief Operating Officer of UPHS
  • Irene and Fred Shabel, Vice Chairman of Comcast-Spectacor
  • Former Philadelphia Flyer Don Saleski and wife Mary Ann, Vice President of the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation
  • Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia Flyer


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PENN Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in 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 currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 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 (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.

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