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Volume 3


Number 3

February 7, 2014

Pennsylvania Hospital

`` Far left: Black History Month Committee members are: Leslie Powell, Medical Records; Gwen Mayrant, Medical Records, and Carolyn Griggs, Department of Medicine. Not shown: Sharen Iszard-Thomas, Medical Records; Jamillah Muhammad, EMT/ICU; and Violetta Waddell, Medical Records.


“By sharing a part of ourselves we learn to continuously encourage one another. For as much as we’re different, we’re the same.” — Carolyn Griggs

Inside Working in a Winter Wonderland...................2 Cardiology Services Week at PAH – February 10-14...........................2 What’s Happening.....................4 Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Winners...............4

the Life & Legacy of

F o r t h e pa s t d o z e n y e a r s , the Black History Month Committee at PAH has coordinated and sponsored a hospital celebration honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme of this year’s event held on January 20 — “Education is the Key to Freedom” — was chosen in recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. One of the most pivotal opinions ever rendered by the US Supreme Court, Brown v. Board was actually the name given to five separate cases consolidated under the one name and heard by the Court. While the facts of each case are different, the main issue for each was the same: the constitutionality of state-sponsored segregation in public schools. “One of the things I have enjoyed the most over the years on the Black History Month Committee is working with the children from the McCall Elementary and Middle School,” said Gwen Mayrant, who works in Medical Records. “As adults we tend not to listen to young people and what they have to say. They really are the future and if given the chance you’ll find they truly do


have something to say and can be incredibly moving.” At this year’s celebration, students Ahmaad Brown and David Flores performed a mime routine to the song “So Glad I Made It” by gospel music artist and Pastor Marvin Sapp. This year’s MLK celebration was again filled with inspiration, poetry and song. Musical selections were performed by Fred Tillman in Transport, and Jeff McIntyre in Engineering, and a poetic recital was given by Jamillah Mohammad, an EMT in ICU. The keynote address was given by Minister Herbert Lusk, III, of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church. “The members of the Black History Month Committee hold this event to share the past and present contributions to American History,” said Carolyn Griggs, assistant to the Chair of Medicine. “It’s done to engage others and bring about a sense of community and onward progress. I personally do it, because I love the Arts and Literary interpretations by way of informing people that they are more than just their internal self and to highlight the importance of community service. By sharing a part of ourselves we learn to continuously encourage one another. For as much as we’re different, we’re the same.”


Cardiology S e r vic e s Celebrate American Heart Month and Cardiology Services week at PAH Thursday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pine Building Basement. Stop by for educational posters and materials, blood pressure screenings, free giveaways (including t-shirts — first come first serve!) and to win a FitBit Flex™ wireless activity and sleep wristband to track your health goals. Cardiology service care providers are health care practitioners, including registered nurses and registered technologists with credentials, certifications and/or licensure. They collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care in many settings throughout the hospital. This team identifies, treats, and prevents cardiovascular and cardiac disease through a wide variety of tests and procedures. The cardiology services staff are experts in the delivery of state-of-the-art cardiac care. They are also involved in many performance improvement initiatives and clinical research that improves patient care.

Cardiology Services consists of six different areas at PAH:

Working in a Winter Wonderland


Old Man Winter came blowing into Philadelphia big time this January with record breaking singledigit temperatures and near-record breaking snow fall amounts. On Tuesday and Wednesday, January 21-22, PAH and all Penn Medicine facilities across the city and region remained opened and operated normally. While all staff are hard at work inside, Engineering Services staff are hard at work throughout the entire PAH campus providing critical support for facility operations and clearing sidewalks and hospital entrances to keep our patients, staff, and visitors safe. Together — through any type of weather — we continue make Pennsylvania Hospital the best place for a patient to be a patient!



1) The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performs a wide variety of interventional cardiovascular procedures. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, as well as elective cardiovascular procedures such as angioplasty and stent placement. Additionally, the scope of practice for the cardiac cath lab has changed over the past several years, and a wide range of procedures that include structural heart disease repair, carotid stenting, abdominal aortic aneurysms and peripheral vascular disease are now being performed. There is also a new hybrid laboratory that allows complex procedures to be performed with a multi-disciplinary team that includes anesthesia, surgical backup, the cath lab team, and external resources such as product vendors and engineers. 2) Electrophysiology diagnoses and treats patients with arrhythmias and electrical disturbances of the cardiac conduction system. With stateof-the-art equipment, advanced electrograms and invasive techniques, they can diagnose a variety of arrhythmias, which can then be treated in the lab or with medication. Electrophysiology uses ablation therapy to treat many significant arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and supraventricular tachycardias. They use a multi-disciplinary approach that utilizes physicians, anesthesia, echocardiography, the EP staff, and external resources who are experts at mapping the electrical conduction system of the heart. The EP lab also implants pacemakers and implantable defibrillators for arrhythmias and the management of heart failure.

3) T  he Heart Station provides a broad range of services to diagnose 3 cardiovascular disease. They perform tilt table tests, electrocardiograms, stress tests, treadmill, pharmacological, and nuclear studies. These tests are essential for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. In addition, the heart station also assists with transesophogeal echocardiograms (TEE), and cardioversions, which are used to convert patients out of arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and flutter.




4) E  chocardiography is an advanced, ultrasound based technology that diagnoses a wide variety of cardiovascular and cardiac diseases. It is used to evaluate the wall motion of the heart and diagnose heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, structural heart disease, and valvular heart disease. Additionally, echocardiography also collaborates with the EP lab and the cardiac cath lab to treat structural heart disease and perform ablations by identifying critical structures of the heart, and mapping these structures to ensure a safe and effective procedure. 5) The Prehold/Recovery Room admits and receives outpatients and inpatients for invasive cardiology procedures. This allows patients to be directly admitted to a highly trained nursing team to ensure a seamless transition of care. They evaluate patients, ensure their safety, manage their needs and provide support and resources for their families. Post procedurally, they ensure patient safety by supporting hemostasis and monitoring the patient. They also directly discharge outpatients, which improves time management and increases patient satisfaction and safety. The staff implemented a key patient care initiative this year on 6 Cathcart that has dramatically improved the continuity of patient. The patient satisfaction scores for this area are at 98 percent and this support service is essential for high quality care for our patients. The recovery room ensures that the entire episode of care, from admission to discharge or transfer, is safe, productive and rewarding for the patients, their families, and other hospital staff. 6) Performance Improvement/Research is also essential for the delivery of cutting-edge patient care. The Cardiology Services department is part of several registries, which allows the labs to compare themselves to national standards and measure how the hospital performs in relationship to its peers. These registries include the CathPCI registry, The ICD registry and the NCDR Analytic and Reporting Services (ARS) registry, which measure evidence-based science in action. Cardiology Services is also becoming increasingly involved in clinical research and professional publications. This year the lab published three peer reviewed articles and is also enrolled in registries for bioabsorbabale stents and carotid stenting.

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WHAT’S H a p p ening

Y o ur res o urce f o r events a nd h a ppenin g s thr o u g h o ut PA H a nd P enn M edicine

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

January-March January-March

February 13

Penn Program for Mindfulness Winter 2014 Course Offerings

PAH Cardiology Fair and Health Screening

February 28

February 13

Deadline for PAH Nursing Conference Research and Posters Submissions

Schwartz Rounds

March 7

MINS Digital Art Contest Deadline for Submissions

March 27 Annual PAH Nursing Research Conference

SAVE THE DATE: May 3 Million Dollar Bike Ride

May 16-18

Penn Medicine

CAREs Grant W inners

Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s Annual Camp Erin

FY14 Q2 CAREs Grant Recipient: Have Wheelchair, Will Travel > Deborah Sinni, Wood Clinic, CCA at PAH Deb Sinni, the senior practice manager of the J. Edwin Wood Clinic — an independent nonprofit, full service medical practice at PAH that provides underserved adult communities with access to quality health care — is once again receiving grant funding, this time for the purchase of a wheel chair for use in the clinic. Each quarter, the Foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 per project to community and hospital-based programs on behalf of employees or Perelman School of Medicine students who volunteer their time to support those programs. For more information and to apply, please visit Con gr atul ati o ns to all the winners of a Penn Medicine CAREs grant for the second quarter of FY14. Deadline for applications for the next round of grants is March 1.

Beacon of Hope

> Anthony Bracey, Outpatient Detox, PPMC

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Campaign > Johanne Louis , Geriatric, HUP/CPUP

Camp Kesem UPenn Scholarship

One Step Away–Helping the Homeless > David Schaaf, Human Resources, CPUP

LGBTEI Medication Safety Seminar > Wayne Marquardt, Pharmacy, HUP

Broad Street Ministry

Editorial Staff Staff Editorial

Sally Sapega Sapega Sally Director of of Internal Internal Communications Communications Director Olivia Fermano Fermano Olivia Editor and and Photographer Photographer Editor Pamela Furches Furches Design Design Pamela Graphic Design Design Graphic Barry Ogburn Ogburn Barry Photography Photography

Administration Administration

Susan E. E. Phillips Phillips Susan Senior Vice Vice President, President, Public Public Affairs Affairs Senior Contact What’snew What’snew at: at: Contact Department of of Communications Communications Department Pennsylvania Hospital Hospital Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA PA 19106 19106 Philadelphia,

> Christina Bach, Abramson Cancer Center, PPMC

> Craig Loundas , Human Resources, CORP

Supportive Older Women’s Network: Philly Families Eat Smart

> Robin Ward, Business Development, CORP

phone: 215.829.6799 215.829.6799 phone: email: email:

My Place Germantown– Understanding How to Help

WHAT’Snew isis published published biweekly biweekly for for PAH PAH WHAT’Snew employees. Access Access WHAT’Snew WHAT’Snew online online at at employees.

> Eileen Addis , Social Work Department, HUP

Girls on the Run Expansion

> Thomas Volkert, Social Work, HCHS



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