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Volume 3


Number 5

March 7, 2014

Pennsylvania Hospital

Philly’s First All-Private Maternity Suite Unit O p e n s at P A H After three years of renovations and new construction, PAH’s new Well Mother & Baby Unit officially opened on February 26. Nearly 5,000 babies are delivered each year at PAH, the most in the City of Philadelphia. With the addition of the new unit, the hospital now offers three full floors — a total of 54 rooms, 18 per floor — of all private rooms dedicated solely to new mothers and their newborns.

Inside All Private Maternity Suites continued...................................2 Ride to Conquer Cancer...........2 March is Colon & Uterine Cancer Awareness Month........3 Next PAH Blood Drive...............3 What’s Happening.....................4 From Wharf to Ward Exhibit....4 Snacks To Go.............................4

The opening of the new unit is part of PAH’s $61 million long-range facility master plan. “Pennsylvania Hospital has a long history as a premier hospital for obstetrical services in Philadelphia, so we’re really excited to expand our offerings by providing private rooms to all of our maternity patients,” said R. Michael Buckley, MD, the hospital’s executive director. PAH is the first hospital in the City of Philadelphia to offer all private maternity suites. Mothers and their babies progress to Well Mother & Baby private rooms following their labor and delivery. Each new suite offers

contemporary and comfortable furniture, soft colors, subdued lighting, a flat screen television, and a spacious restroom layout with an open shower stall. New suites also include a full-sized convertible sofa sleeper to provide overnight accommodations for a family member or friend, combination safes to secure personal belongings, and charging stations for mobile devices. The new postpartum units complement PAH's Labor & Delivery unit, which also offers private, rooms, including birthing suites for women seeking natural and low-intervention childbirth experiences. In planning for the new private rooms, feedback was sought from hospital staff, physicians, and patients through design sessions, mock-up room tours, and surveys. “Through this vital feedback, we were able to create a patient room that provides the best experience for patients, staff, and visitors alike from a safety, ergonomic, and aesthetic perspective,” Buckley said.

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Philly’s First All-Private Maternity Suite Unit O p e n s at P A H / / / Continued from page 1 The new Well Mother & Baby Unit was tailored to meet the needs of all families. A Well Baby Nursery is centrally located on the unit, as well as convenient waiting areas for family and friends. There are also specially designated rooms for adoptive families and families whose babies are born via gestational carriers. The new private maternity rooms also help support PAH’s and Penn Medicine’s commitment to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). The BFHI is a global effort supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Surgeon General, and the American Academy of Pediatrics to improve the care of pregnant women, mothers, and infants

by ensuring all mothers have the information they need to make the best infant feeding decisions and by providing the help they need to meet their feeding goals. “A private room environment will enhance the ‘rooming in’ experience and facilitate moms and babies staying together. While we will always have an in-unit nursery to provide additional support to new mothers who need it, we fully encourage ‘rooming in,’” said Jack Ludmir, MD, chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at PAH and vice chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. The new rooms will support patient’s wishes for privacy and help us to

provide the best total obstetric experience from delivery to discharge.” A major step in making private rooms a reality at PAH was the opening of Penn Medicine Washington Square, the hospital’s outpatient facility at 8th and Walnut Streets, which opened in September of 2013, and houses all PAH OB/GYN provider practices. PAH opened the first of its all private room units, dedicated primarily to surgical patients, on 7 Preston in December 2013. Over the next several years, PAH plans to continue renovations and construction of additional private rooms throughout the main hospital complex and its Spruce Building.

In October, hundreds of cyclists will hit the streets of Philadelphia and beyond for “The Ride to Conquer Cancer” benefitting Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC). Plans are underway for this incredible, twoday, 150+ mile ride — which will raise vital funds for breakthrough cancer research, education and patient care. The ride will bring together communities of cancer survivors and cyclists who train and fundraise for months, and their supporters. Thousands of people, including riders, crew members, staff and volunteers, are expected to participate.


Penn Medicine leaders, researchers and physicians will also be well represented. UPHS CEO Ralph Muller and Abramson Cancer Center Director Chi V. Dang, MD. PhD, are co-captains for the UPHS/ACC Team. “The funds raised through The Ride will be put to use to power our breakthrough cancer research, and world-class education and patient care programs right here in Philadelphia,” said Dr. Dang. Carl H. June, MD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Carmen E. Guerra MD, MSCE, associate professor of Medicine, and James C. Alwine, PhD, associate director

for Core Facilities of the ACC are among the faculty who will join the race. The course runs through Philadelphia and the surrounding area’s picturesque countryside with an overnight camp midway where participants will slumber in tents and enjoy hot meals, showers, live entertainment, massages, and other festive activities. The ride start and finish will be held on October 11 and 12, with pit stops for food, and beverages, and public cheer stations that will be set up along the route to support riders as they pass. To register or learn more about the race visit

October 11 & 12

Ride to Conquer Cancer


is Colon & Uterine Cancer A wareness M onth

Colon cancer is the third highest cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Yet, colon cancer can be prevented through proper screening and early detection. If detected early, the five year survival rate of colon cancer is better than 90 percent. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women in the U.S. and the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic cancer. Again, if caught early, the five-year survival rate of uterine cancer is about 95 percent. Education and early detection are key! Learn more at one of the following awareness events being held this month.

N e x t PA H B lood D r i v e – You are the difference! PAH Blood Drive March 14 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12, 5 – 6 pm

Sunday, March 23

Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia

McClelland Conference Room 2 Pine West

LIVE WEB CAST: Focus on Colon Cancer

Join the 2014 Get Your Rear in Gear – Philadelphia 4 Mile Run, 2 Mile Walk and Kids' Fun Run! Funds raised will help local efforts to raise awareness of colon and rectal cancer and positively impact screening rates.

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6ABC and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center will host this one hour live web case featuring James Metz, MD, professor of Radiation Oncology and clinical director, Department of Radiation Oncology at HUP, and Najjia Mahmoud, MD, associate professor of Surgery, and the chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at HUP, as they answer questions in real time from the viewing audience.

Tuesday, March 25, 11 am – 1:30 pm Colon Cancer Prevention Forum Elm Garden Café Cafeteria at PAH

The Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital will host a table displayed with educational materials about the causes and prevention of colon cancer and recommendations related to testing, diet, and exercise. Employees, patients, caregivers, and visitors are all welcome to come speak to ACC-PAH staff for guidance and information.

> Registration: 7-8:15 am > Kids' Fun Run: 8:30 am > 4 Mile Timed Run: 8:35 am > 2 Mile Walk: 8:45 am

March 25 – 27

Elm Garden Café Cafeteria at PAH An informational display for uterine cancer prevention and awareness

Thursday, March 27, 11 am – 1:30 pm Uterine Cancer Prevention Forum Elm Garden Café Cafeteria at PAH

Speak with Abramson Cancer Center at PAH staff to learn more about uterine cancer and what you need to know about your risk, plus ways to prevent cancer of the uterus.

hospital patients needs a blood transfusion

• 1 donation can save up to 2 lives • 9  out of 10 people will need blood at some time On March 14, PAH will be hosting its first blood drive with the Penn Medicine Blood Donation Center (http://www.pennmedicine. org/give-blood). Please schedule your appointment in advance by calling the PAH Blood Bank at 215-829-3128. If you have questions prior to your donation, call the Penn Medicine Blood Donation Center at 214-614-0406 during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Be sure to stop by the blood drive information table in the PAH main lobby on March 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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WHAT’S H a p p ening

Y our resource for e v ents and happenings throughout PA H and P enn M edicine

For complete events listing, please visit What’s New on the Inside Penn Medicine web site at:

March–May March 12, 19, & 26 PAH’s Woman’s Alliance Cribs for Kids® Fundraiser

March 27

Annual PAH Nursing Research Conference

April 13

19th Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash

Pennsylvania Hospital & Maritime Health, 1799–1830

May 1

Deadline for Harrison Fund Applications

May 3

Million Dollar Bike Ride

A New Historical E xhibit

Located in the Historic Medical Library & Outer Hall 2nd Floor Pine Bldg., Center Early nineteenth century medicine left a lot to be desired. Germs, contagions, and the need for sterile environments were not yet understood. Surgery was crude and lacked proper anesthetic and antibiotics did not yet exist. Such were the limitations of health care on land, even in hospitals staffed by who were considered the leading medical practitioners of the day. For those who took to the high seas, health care was an even greater gamble. At sea, an injured or sick sailor was often required

During this time seafaring was the primary mode of long distance travel and the transportation of goods. While other major cities built hospitals specifically to care for sailors, Philadelphia city leaders decided against it. Instead, they turned to Pennsylvania Hospital. This new historic exhibit follows along the journey of a sailor as he enters into a Philadelphia wharf, to his admission into PAH. Be sure to stop by and discover the events that made PAH Philadelphia’s de facto marine hospital. This exhibit runs through 2014.

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to languish for days — or even weeks — before docking on land to receive any kind of professional care. And even then, he was treated only if he was able to pay.

In an effort to provide easier access for our staff, patients and visitors, the hospital’s food and beverage vending machines have been relocated from the basement of the Preston Building to the Elm Garden Café cafeteria. The seating section of the Elm Garden Café will now remain open 24/7 to accommodate employees of all shifts.

May 16-18

Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s Annual Camp Erin

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