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.”

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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

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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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A Father and Daughter Weight-Loss Story

Growing up in a family where obesity was the norm and she was always “a heavy kid,” Jennifer Read had seen her mother, grandmother, and aunt have bariatric surgery. By age 24, she had failed at more diets than she could count, and at just shy of 400 pounds, suffered from edema and high blood pressure. She couldn’t walk short distances without being short of breath.

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Celebs Who Lost with Bariatric Surgery

It’s easy to imagine that Hollywood A-listers all come by their perfectly slim physiques naturally—or at the very least, with the help of personal trainers, chefs, and nutritionists. That’s not always the case, though. File this under “Stars, they’re just like us” news, but plenty of well-known celebrities have achieved lasting weight-loss success through bariatric surgery. Their stories can be inspirational if you’ve ever considered a surgical procedure to help with your own obesity issues.

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