During the last week of October, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital celebrated Employee Appreciation Day with morning and afternoon festivities at both the Center City and Ford Road campuses. The day was planned to thank employees for their hard work and dedication. In photo at left, employees at Ford Road attend the afternoon celebration and shoot baskets for prizes.
Moments after being honored by Thomas Jefferson University for his leadership during a period of unprecedented growth, James W. Stratton, former Chairman of the Board, stands by his portrait following ceremonies at McClellan Hall. Douglas J. MacMaster Jr., Esq., at left, Chairman of The James W. Stratton Portrait Committee, presented a biographical sketch of Mr. Stratton. Jack Farber, Chairman, Thomas Jefferson University, second from left, accepted the portrait for the Board of Trustees, and Paul C. Brucker, MD, President, Thomas Jefferson University, at right, accepted for the University. Mr. Stratton served as Board Chairman from 1990 to 1994. Don Walker Photography
The Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) hosted a Celebration of Hope candle-lighting ceremony to honor those who have lost their lives to cancer and to increase public awareness of the need for more cancer research funding. Held in conjunction with the Rays of Hope national candlelight vigil in Washington, DC, Jefferson’s program and ceremony attracted a large noontime turnout of staff, employees, current and former patients and their families. Among those lighting candles were, from left, Regina Gallagher, Director of Administration, KCC; Joy Soleiman, Administrator, Medical Science Division, KCC; and the event’s Keynote Speaker, Anita Brikman, Channel 6 Action News medical and health reporter, who lost her father last year to colon cancer. Walter J. Curran, MD, Professor and Chairman, Radiation Oncology, Jefferson Medical College, and Clinical Director, KCC, described how effective and powerful current cancer research is. Three cancer survivors – Alex Asselta, Anita Cole and Patricia Lepard – described their personal experiences in fighting the disease. Paul C. Brucker, MD, President, TJU, welcomed the gathering and introduced Ms. Brikman. Robert Neroni Photography
A standing-room-only audience of nearly 300 Jeffersonians overflowed Connelly Conference Hall to hear Nobel Laureate Ferid Murad, MD, PhD, deliver the 36th Annual Martin E. Rehfuss Lecture, “Role of Nitric Oxide and Cyclic GMP in Cellular Signaling.” Dr. Murad, who received the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas, Houston. Enjoying a lighter moment following the lecture are, from left, Scott A. Waldman, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Jefferson Medical College (JMC); Dr. Murad; Robert L. Capizzi, MD, Magee Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department, JMC; and Jussi J. Saukkonen, MD, Dean, College of Graduate Studies, and Vice President for Science Policy, Technology Development and International Affairs. Dr. Waldman, who earned his research doctorate under Dr. Murad, is Director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, JMC, and the Samuel M. V. Hamilton Professor of Medicine. Every year since 1964 the Percival E. and Ethel Brown Foerderer Fund has sponsored the Rehfuss Lecture. Mrs. Ethel F. Davis, a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Foerderer, presented the Rehfuss Medal to Dr. Murad. Robert Neroni Photography
Parking Program - Between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. buses pick up passengers headed in to work at the lot near the Ben Franklin Bridge and for the trip home at convenient campus locations. Trips in and out of the city are more pleasant for employees who skip the fuss and take the bus! Just call Commuter Services at 215-955-6417. Robert Neroni Photography
A Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care (CRMEHC) pilot project, consistent with the recommendation of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), is to develop an empathy scale for use as a psychometrically sound tool in physician-patient relations. Partial support is being provided by Medical Humanities Initiative Division of Pfizer, Inc., New York. Presenting a check for a $10,000 grant to Joseph S. Gonnella, MD, Dean, Jefferson Medical College, center, is Edward V. Bambino, Regional Account Manager, National Healthcare Operations, Pfizer Inc., second from right. From left, are principal investigator Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD, Director, Longitudinal Study, JMC, and Research Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior; Daniel Z. Louis, Managing Director, CRMEHC, and Research Assistant Professor of Family Medicine; and Patrick Fagan, Senior Institutional Healthcare Representative, Roerig, Pfizer, Inc. Other JMC co-investigators are Salvatore Mangione, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Physical Diagnosis Curriculum; Thomas J. Nasca, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Affiliations; and Mitchell J. M. Cohen, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
Robert Neroni Photography
Santa Claus will make his annual visit to the Pediatrics floor of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital this year on December 15 at 11 a.m. Here, played by Thomas Bruzio, of Supply, Processing and Distribution, Santa presents gifts and a holiday hug to Kayla Newton, now 4 years old, granddaughter of Patricia Newton, Environmental Services. This year, Santa will again present gifts to about 13 pediatrics patients and siblings, and join parents and staff for lunch. Music will be provided by Mummers string band members who volunteer their time. This will be the 14th straight year Harry Little, Mail Processor, Jefferson Mail/Messenger Service, has coordinated the event through his own time and
efforts. Robert Neroni
Six years ago, at the age of 31, Catherine Datz was diagnosed with scleroderma by Sergio A. Jimenez, MD, The Dorrance H. Hamilton Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Jefferson Medical College. To help Dr. Jimenez advance research on this chronic and often fatal disease with no known cause or cure, Mrs. Datz and her family recently hosted the third annual “Putt for Progress” golf tournament and sports memorabilia auction. Among the 85 participants in the event, which raised approximately $40,000 to benefit Jefferson’s Scleroderma Center, were, from left, Steven Dellose, MD, JMC ’96; John J. Murray, President of the Scleroderma Golf Outing, and a brother of Mrs. Datz; Michael C. Murray, Vice President of the outing, and a brother of Mrs. Datz; and Mrs. Datz’s husband Jim, Vice President of the outing. Robert Neroni Photography
The Pharmacy Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital celebrated national Pharmacy Week during the Week of October 24 through 30 with an informational booth in the Atrium for employees and visitors. This year’s theme, “Educate before you Medicate – Talk With Your Pharmacist,” recognized the important role that pharmacists play in patient outcomes. To carry out this message, pharmacists provided information on taking medications safely. In addition, free cholesterol screenings and information on topics ranging from healthy eating to poisons were available at the booth. Photography by Earl Spangenberg