Here is visual confirmation of that Penn Alert we all just got: Dozens of fire trucks are outside the main entrance to HUP. This ain’t no drill–we saw hoses wet and ready. Spruce Street is closed from 33rd to 38th, and 34st Street is closed between Walnut and Spruce. The DP has updates as they roll in.
What do needles, sacks of bodily fluids, and prizes have in common? Hopefully nothing…except the eMed-HUP blood drive! Starting today, this month long blood bonanza puts the drama back into donation. Competition will be fierce, with each class trying to prove how much they care about sick people, and how little they fear being stabbed with needles.
If class pride doesn’t prick your vain, how about a mystery prize for the year with the most donors?! Not to fear, even the years with a limited blood supply will still receive some always trendy PennMed swag. So roll up those sleeves, squeeze those stress balls, and let the blood letting begin! Sign uphereand check out the Facebook event for more info.
Current employees can keep doing what they’re doing (and it appears that 11% of them are tobacco users), but new job applicants must be tobacco-free for at least six months if they’re hoping to secure a position at places like HUP, Penn Presby, and a whole slewof other Penn Health locations.
BREAKING: Man Stabbed, Robbed At 46th And Walnut– Shortly after 9 p.m. this evening, a 53-year-old man walking on 46th and Walnut was stabbed in the back four times before being robbed, as Philly.com reports. Police state the man was confirmed stable at 9:45 after being brought to HUP. The suspect is unknown. This crime comes only a day after Frank Trower was killed at 39th and Market.
Around noon today, two Penn students were hit by two separate cars only a block away from each other. The two accidents, which occurred at the intersections of 33rd and and 34th and Spruce, happened only minutes apart. As The DP reports, the two were promptly carted off to HUP.
How spooky is that? Let’s hope no one was seriously injured.
Penn Medicine held a press conference yesterday to announce details of the its first double-hand transplant. According to the Richmond-Times Dispatch, Lindsay Ess is only the third patient in the nation to have the procedure performed successfully. This badass procedure was such a big deal that it took 30 doctors and nurses to pull it off! After a donor was identified and an anonymous benefactor provided a private jet to get Ess to Philadelphia in time for the surgery, the team from HUP spent 11.5 hours to attach every bone, muscle, artery and nerve.
Not only is the transplant a groundbreaking feat, but Ess is also an extremely colorful character in and of herself. Ess is a quadruple amputee, due to an infection related to a prior surgery, but she’s also a fashion show producer, teacher and, uh, a motivational-speaker-YouTube-sensation! Check out one of her videos after the jump!
Philadelphia Daily News was recently given the chance to roam CHOP’s hospital halls for a day, documenting exciting things like sitting in on a facial reconstruction surgery, seeing the diagnosis of a crazy rare disease and even crossing paths with the head honcho of the Eagles, Andy Reid.
Interested in reading more about why CHOP rules? Catch the full story (documented in the style of a chronological diary) here.
Saturday Night Live, your favorite late-night sketch comedy show (although in the age of Hulu, it’s more like Sunday Noon Late), had an unexpected surprise for its Penn viewers this week. If you check out this spoof on Bravo shows and skip ahead to 1:42, the video ends up exactly where you did on Saturday night.