The Update: June 2018


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Governor Rendell Speaks Out

On Monday, June 19, 2018, Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell announced that he has been living with Parkinson's Disease for the past 3 1/2 years. 


During the press conference held at Pennsylvania Hospital, Governor Rendell credits his treatment team at Penn Medicine for helping him continue his active lifestyle. Governor Rendell also highlighted how his outpatient physical therapy with Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS, from Penn Therapy & Fitness' Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, has played a crucial role in managing his symptoms and slowing down his progression. 


Click here to watch a special video from Penn Medicine that shares how comprehensive physical therapy and personalized treatment at Pennsylvania Hospital has slowed the disease's progression, improved Governor Rendell's strength and balance, and has helped him continue pursuing the work he loves.


Recognizing Research Leaders

On Thursday, June 14th, over 100 Penn Medicine and Good Shepherd Penn Partners colleagues spent the afternoon at our 2018 Research Day. This year attendees were able to listen to 10 podium presenters, along with interacting with 33 poster presentations presented by clinicians. 


Randel Swanson II, D.O., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, delivered the keynote address on the topic "Rehabilitation of US Government Personnel with Neurological Manifestations following Directional Phenomena Exposure in Havana, Cuba: a Multi-disciplinary Approach". 


Click here to visit our Facebook page to view photos from the event. 


Recognizing Outstanding Care

In May, we celebrated the recipients of the Spring 2018 Daisy and Bee Awards! 


The Daisy Award is a national recognition program that rewards and celebrates the skill and compassion of extraordinary nurses. Shaina Kowalick, RN, was recognized as our Spring 2018 Daisy Award Winner for her work with patients at The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse. The Bee Award recognizes Certified Nursing Assistants who go above and beyond by being exceptional every day. William Trinidad, CNA, was recognized as our Spring 2018 Bee Award for his work with patients at The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse. 


Have you had a special interaction with a CNA or Nurse at Penn Rehab and/or The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse? Let us know by emailing