The Update: May 2018



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Recognizing Outstanding Education

On April 14, 2018, acute physical therapist Joe Adler, PT, DPT, CCS, was awarded the 2018 Arcadia University Adjunct Teaching Award at University's Honors Convocation. This annual award from Arcadia University recognizes an outstanding part-time faculty member who is nominated for being especially effective in the classroom. 


"I was shocked when learning the news. Being the recipient is flattering and an emotional experience," said Adler. "It's rewarding to be recognized for the teaching I've been doing for over a decade."


Click here to read more about Adler's experience in the classroom and how he is helping prepare future clinicians to make a difference in acute care.

Register for Research Day 2018

Join Good Shepherd Penn Partners and the Penn Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department for the fourth annual Research Day. The event will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 12:30-5:30pm, at the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus. 


Randel Swanson, II, DO, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will be delivering the keynote address, focusing on the topic 'neurological manifestations associated with reports of audible and sensory phenomena'. CEUs and Contact hours are available. 


Click here to register for this free event.

Returning Rosie to Motherhood 

Life as Rosie knew it literally shattered during
the delivery of her son. In labor for over 24 hours, trauma to her pelvic bone left Rosie with a 3.1 centimeter public symphysis separation in addition to sacroiliac joint (SI) widening. Both pre-operative and post-surgical pelvic floor physical therapy would be necessary for Rosie to maximize the success of her treatment. Rosie began pelvic floor physical therapy at Penn Therapy & Fitness Pennsylvania Hospital.


"I will never ever forget the day I was able to lift up my son for the first time in a standing position without fear when he was two years old," says Rosie."The day I was able, after so much work in physical therapy, to lift up my sweet boy and hug him in a standing position, I knew I was going to be okay."

Click here to read how pelvic floor therapy played a role in Rosie's recover.


2018 UPHS Clinical Nursing Excellence Award Winners


On April 30th 2018, five members of our nursing team were honored at the 18th Annual University of Pennsylvania Health System Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards. The winners were selected by the Clinical Advancement and Recognition Committee at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse based upon nominations submitted by their colleagues and managers that demonstrate examples of their abilities to form therapeutic relationships with patients and their families. 


Dianne Lanham Award for Leadership Winner

Karen Morring, MHA, RN, Clinical Nurse II: Penn Rehab


Helen McClelland Award for Research and Innovation Winner

Noreen Guido, MSN, RN, CRRN, Clinical Nurse III: Penn Rehab


Victoria L. Rich Award for Transformation Leadership Entity Winner 

Sonya Wood-Johnson, MSN, RN, RRT, PCCN, Quality Assurance Manager, GSPP 


Rosalyn J. Watts Award for Relationships Winner

Felix Jones, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse II, Penn Rehab


Lillian Brunner Award for Exemplary Practice Winner

Laura Wolf, BSN, RN, CRRN, Clinical Nurse III: Penn Rehab


Click here to learn more about each award.