Thanksgiving traditionally serves as a time to be with family and friends, and reflect on what we are thankful for in our own lives. As we celebrate this holiday, we are filled with immense pride and gratitude for the contributions each of you make to Penn Medicine.
Penn Medicine stands apart as a national leader because of our commitment to academic excellence, unmatched research leading to medical breakthroughs, and an unwavering commitment to our patients and communities. Without each of you, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much.
This year was filled with major milestones, like the opening of the Pavilion, the hospital of the future. Thousands of you were part of this – from the novel design features, to the rigorous training, to moving hundreds of patients on opening day. When those doors officially opened on October 30th, your shared energy and enthusiasm was electric.
Over the last year, we revolutionized care delivery in other ways, such as providing new approaches to home care and breaking ground on proton therapy centers in both Lancaster and South Jersey, despite the pandemic. By bringing our students back for in-person learning and developing unique opportunities for them to contribute to our mission during the pandemic, Penn Medicine continues to prepare the next generation of world-class doctors and scientists. As an organization committed to anti-racism and health equity, we remain focused on our culture and accountability to make our health system – and our world – a more equitable place. We are grateful for your dedication to efforts like ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccination and lifesaving cancer screenings for communities of color.
Our commitment to collaboration and innovation has led to amazing scientific advances that may have seemed unimaginable not long ago. We saw our mRNA research form the basis for the COVID-19 vaccines, and can’t wait to see how future research at Penn Medicine will continue to create new vaccines and mRNA-based therapies that will address unsolved medical challenges and make the world healthier.
While we can never fully express our gratitude – thank you for everything that you do.
We wish you all a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!
J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, EVP/Dean
Kevin B. Mahoney, CEO UPHS