To date, we have no patients suspected of or confirmed to have the Ebola virus in our facilities. We are following the CDC’s patient screening criteria for Ebola, including both travel history and symptoms that may be associated with the disease. We are prepared to isolate patients suspected of having Ebola in an area that would ensure both optimal medical care for patients and the safety of our staff and other patients. We are conducting refresher training for physicians, nurses and other clinical and support staff in the infection control practices required to care for these patients. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has agreed to be among hospitals to care for U.S. medical workers who contract the virus while working in Africa, if needed. With the full support of the City, Commonwealth and Federal agencies, we are confident that we have the resources in place to provide appropriate care to all patients and to protect staff and visitors.
Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania — recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital — the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.