Our Shared Commitment as the Election Draws Near

October 29, 2020

Dear Penn Medicine Colleagues,

Each day during this year of unprecedented challenges in our communities and the world around us, we have been inspired to see our workforce put service to others before self. Each day, you have demonstrated the depths of your resilience by showing up for our patients, their loved ones, and each other, and you’ve remained engaged and present in unusually trying times. This past year has shown us the power of our collective strength and our united mission.

As we draw closer to next week’s election, we are reminded of the ways in which our nation is divided, but that is not the path we choose as an organization. No matter our political beliefs, it is a point of pride – and our constant expectation – that everyone at Penn Medicine treats one another with civility, tolerance, and respect. And no matter the outcomes on Election Day, we will remain joined together in our service to the communities we serve.

These shared commitments are at the core of what makes us better educators, clinicians, and colleagues. They also inform our perspectives, and underscore the necessity – and power – of exercising your right to vote. Please, make time to cast your ballot and ensure your voice is heard.

It is also important at this time to care for yourselves and each other. The results of the election may bring strong emotions and stresses, and we encourage you to reach out for help. PennCOBALT resources and help through our Employee Assistance Programs are available to all.

With gratitude,

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System

Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine

 Kevin B. Mahoney

Chief Executive Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System