Penn Study: Paying Patients, Doctors Leads to Lower Cholesterol

(Irenaphoto/Shutterstock )

(Irenaphoto/Shutterstock )

What’s the best way to lower people’s cholesterol? Offer financial rewards to both patients and doctors when people take their allotted medications at the appropriate times. That was the main finding from a recently published University of Pennsylvania-led study.

It’s easy to understand why a financial reward gives patients incentives to take their medicine (typically statins like Lipitor). But why pay doctors too? Read more »

Two Philly Hospitals Have New Partner: Abu Dhabi

(Photo: ME NewsWire)

(Photo: ME NewsWire)

Two Philadelphia hospitals recently announced partnerships with an Abu Dhabi health care provider. Although both partnerships are preliminary and little detail has been offered — it opens the door for increased collaboration between Philly and the growing health care market in the United Arab Emirates.

On Monday, the University of Pennsylvania Health System entered into a strategic partnership with VPS Healthcare, which has more than 7,500 employees, 650 physicians and serves 2 million patients per year, according to the company. Read more »

These Intensive-Care Babies at HUP Are Philly’s Most Precious Trick-or-Treaters

Photo courtesy the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Maybe it’s all the hormones I still have pumping after just having my own kid six months ago, but, man, I can’t help but be in love with these teeny, tiny costumed babies currently in the Intensive Care Nursery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The nurses and care staff threw the families a little Halloween party yesterday and dressed up the little ones for the occasion.

“It’s nice to have something to look forward to,” said mom, Kayla, who gave birth to baby Wyatt at 25 weeks and two days. Wyatt, who was dressed as a pirate, has been in the ICN for just over two months. “There are definitely a lot of ups and downs and little things to celebrate day to day, but something like this was a little more exciting.”

Check out more precious photos of Wyatt and his friends below.  Read more »

Zion Harvey — 8-Year-Old Double Hand-Transplant Patient at CHOP — Released from Hospital Today

Photo via Penn Medicine/Facebook

Photo via Penn Medicine/Facebook

Late last month, the world fell in love with Zion Harvey, the eight-year-old Baltimore native who received a double hand transplant in early July at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The surgery, the first-ever hand transplant performed on a child, was a joint effort of physicians at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania. It was deemed a resounding success.

Penn Medicine announced that Zion was released from the hospital today, posting several new photos of Zion with transplant team leader L. Scott Levin. The caption reads: “Zion is a tremendous, brilliant child, and though he has a lot of work ahead of him, he’s already talking about ways in which he can help others who face similar circumstances. We’re privileged to have been a part of his story.”

Check out all the photos below.  Read more »

Penn Expert “Star Witness” in Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

In this image taken from video, Dr. Raquel Gur, right, gives testimony during James Holmes' trial, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, July 6, 2015. Gur, a nationally known schizophrenia expert took the stand in James Holmes' defense Monday. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

In this image taken from video, Dr. Raquel Gur, right, gives testimony during James Holmes’ trial, in Centennial, Colorado., Monday, July 6th. Gur, a nationally known schizophrenia expert took the stand in James Holmes’ defense Monday. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool) | Inset, James Holmes at his booking.

The director of Penn’s Schizophrenia Research Center has emerged as a “star witness” in the trial of James Holmes, the lone suspect in the 2012 Colorado theater shooting that killed 12 people.

Raquel Gur, professor of psychiatry, neurology and radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicinek, testified Tuesday that Holmes’ intellectual functioning matched that of the suspect in another case she followed closely — that of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. She spent 28 hours with Holmes during the course of six interviews.

“Do you have an opinion, as to whether but for this psychotic illness, there would have been a shooting at all?” a defense attorney asked.

“I agree. There would not have been a shooting at all,” she responded. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Penn Unveils Cutting-Edge Medical Education Center

Image via UPenn

Image via Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine recently unveiled the new $38 million Henry A Jordan Medical Education Center, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. The three-story addition was “built on top of the back the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine” at 3400 Civic Center Boulevard and is decked out with all kinds of high-tech learning facilities.

The features of the center include high-tech recording and simulcast capabilities designed to support global conferences, telemedicine, and the creation of online courses and lectures that will be made available to people across the globe. The technologies are intended to facilitate constant collaboration between Penn Medicine laboratories and other Penn schools, centers and institutes.

Telemedicine–get with the times, people.

According to a recent press release issued by Penn Medicine, “the Jordan Center is among the first in the nation to fully integrate education facilities with active clinical care and research lab space, placing students in the midst of the dynamic practice of medicine.”

The 55,000 square-foot center also features two flexible classroom studios that can be converted into as many as eight smaller learning spaces, a rooftop patio and garden and the Joseph and Loretta Law Auditorium and Law Family Pavilion.

Penn opens $38M medical education center in West Philadelphia [Philadelphia Business Journal]

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Four Penn Medicine Hospitals Named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality


Ever wonder where you’d go if you came down with a sudden case of the ills?

Four hospitals in the Penn Medicine network—Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital—were named 2014 Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

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Largest Gift Ever for Philadelphia Free Library

The William Penn Foundation has given the Free Library of Philadelphia $25 million, the largest gift ever made to the library. (Sorry, that donation of old paperbacks you made to the Book Corner last year has been surpassed.)

The money will not go to the Moshe Safdie-designed expansion of the main branch, which is on indefinite hold. Instead, it will be spread across the entire system.

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