10 Most Profitable Hospitals in Philly Region

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In 2014, the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania was the highest-grossing hospital in the Philadelphia area (and the state of Pennsylvania) with $380 million in net income and almost $2.4 billion in revenue. In fact, it earned 28 percent more income than any other local institution and its revenues were 30 percent higher.

The numbers come from a new report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, an independent state agency.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ranked second in revenue at $1.8 billion and second in net income at $223 million.

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Three Quotes That Suggest Penn Alum Elon Musk Doesn’t Fully Understand Humans Yet

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks with members of the media at Tesla's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday, April 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks with members of the media at Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday, April 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Penn alum Elon Musk has always seemed a bit out there — literally: The Tesla and SpaceX founder has long cast his eyes to the stars. But now there’s a new biography of him being published next week — Elon Musk: Tesla, Spacex, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future — and the early reviews suggest it portrays Musk as … well, let’s say, not fully comprehending the humans that he lives among.

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TV’s Dr. Oz Defends Against Calls for Dismissal

Dr. Oz, seen here with Today show anchor Matt Lauer, is under attack for promoting questionable medical treatments.

Dr. Oz, seen here with Today show anchor Matt Lauer, is under attack for promoting questionable medical treatments.

Dr. Mehmet Oz — better known as “Dr. Oz” to his television audience — is coming under increasing attack for promoting what critics say are questionable medical treatments. There’s a movement afoot to boot him from the faculty of Columbia University, where he serves in the medical school. Read more »

TONIGHT: Dr. Rachel Levine to Speak at Day of Silence Event at Penn

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Dr. Rachel Levine

Tomorrow, April 17th, is National Day of Silence. The movement, founded by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1996, is the largest student-led effort of its kind. It happens on the third day of every April, when students take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.

So I guess that makes today National Day of Silence Eve—which deserves recognition of its own, don’t ya think? UPenn is marking the occasion with their second-annual, two-part Day of Service / Night of Raucous event. It all starts this evening at 5 pm, when Dr. Rachel Levine, who was recently named by Governor Tom Wolf as his physician general, will give a keynote address in Houston Hall’s Class of ‘49 Auditorium at 3417 Spruce Street. Dinner will be provided.

Later on, the party moves to Stir Lounge for the second part of the affair, Night of Raucous, which will be just as it sounds: a night to get the drinking, dancing and merry-making out of our systems before we shut our traps for a full day tomorrow. Wristbands and drink tickets will be given away at the Day of Silence event at Penn.

Find more details about the event here.

Scientists Are Growing Vaccine-Laced Lettuce at Penn’s New South Bank Site

The greenhouse where Penn scientists are growing plants packed with vaccines. | Photo credit: screenshot of Urban Engineers video.

The greenhouse where Penn scientists are growing plants packed with vaccines. | Photo credit: screenshot of Urban Engineers video.

The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron took a look last week at Penn’s short-term plans for its new site on the South Bank of the Schuylkill River, which has been dubbed Pennovation Works. And cringeworthy name aside, it looks like the 23-acre, former industrial site has a pretty exciting future.

Case in point? The newly-built Penn Research Greenhouse, where scientists are already growing genetically modified plants laced with vaccines. Yeah. True story. Check out the video below, which was put together by Urban Engineers, the planning and construction firm that built the highly-specialized greenhouse. Read more »

Penn Professor Sparks Controversy With Michael Brown Poem

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Kenneth Goldsmith, left, appeared on The Colbert Report in 2013.

 

A Penn professor has stepped into controversy for a new poem describing the autopsy of Michael Brown, the young man whose shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., sparked months of protests around the country.

The Daily Pennsylvanian describes how writing professor Kenneth Goldsmith generated the anger with a March 13 reading of “The Death of Michael Brown” at Brown University:

At the conference that focused on digital culture, Goldsmith read a poem titled “The Body of Michael Brown” as Brown’s graduation photo was projected behind him. The poem was simply a copy of the medical examiner’s report on Brown’s autopsy with some changes to make the medical terms more understandable to the average person and to enhance the “poetic effect.”

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DO THIS: Pussy Riot’s Coming to Philly Next Week

Nadya  Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina, perhaps better known as two members of Russian art collective Pussy Riot, are coming to Penn next Tuesday for a screening of their latest video and a discussion about their activism—which earned them a Lennon Ono Grant for Peace.

Pussy Riot made headlines in 2012 when they were imprisoned for staging an anti-Putin demonstration at the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The aftermath of the whole thing was chronicled in the HBO documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.

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What the Hell Happened to Penn Basketball?

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“Finally,” my friend Chris said, “We have a basketball team again!”

It was the first game of the 2010-11 basketball season. Penn was about to complete a 69-64 win over Davidson. The Wildcats are generally a mid-major powerhouse, and the win meant good things for the future. Freshman Miles Cartwright scored 18 points in his first game to lead the Quakers. We chanted Cartwright’s name as he scored bucket after bucket in the first half — leading to an awkward moment when his father turned around to thank (or laugh at) us. Read more »

Second Penn Meeting Disrupted by Protesters

We told you yesterday about how activists disrupted a meeting of the Penn Board of Trustees for a protest aimed at the board’s chairman, David Cohen, who is also executive vice president at Comcast. Turns out activists weren’t done: They also disrupted a later meeting held by the trustees at the Inn at Penn.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports:

The Board of Trustees Budget & Finance Meeting today quite literally ended in protest. Philadelphia Jobs with Justice, a local labor union-backed nonprofit, stood outside of the Inn at Penn’s Walnut entrance to demand that the University pay payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs, to the city government.

Protestors were questioned by a Penn detective and grilled by Penn President Amy Gutmann’s security guards, said Gwen Snyder, Executive Director of Philadelphia Area Jobs with Justice. Protestors were also given pamphlets specifying the limits to their free speech by hotel management, Snyder said.

“We made it public that we were planning to attend the trustees meeting,” Snyder said. “We thought it was really important for them to hear not just from us but from community members and supporters across the city that we think Penn should pay its fair share.”

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