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Hospital of the Univ of PA Chapter

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Meeting place: Translation Research Center Auditorium (as before: located just past the West Pavilion elevators off the 1st floor of the Perelman Center, 3400 Civic Center Blvd, Phila, PA)

Meeting date and time:   Wednesday, February 10th – 10:30 – 1pm, Translation Research Center 

– please RSVP to GleasonJim@aol.com or call 609-877-4493 with contact information and how many will be coming by Feb 5th so we can order enough food

Topic/speaker: “Familial Cardiomyopathy” by Anjali Tiku Owens, MD whose talk will be
supported by a panel of three heart transplant patients who are all members of the
same family! – Lunch and free parking as usual and OPEN to all Second Chance
members.

December chapter minutes:

Our Nov 13th presentation event drew about 60 patients for an inspiring talk featuring
speaker Derek Fitzgerald talking on “Cancer Survivor, Heart Transplant Recipient,
Ironman Triathlete: the Long Road Back to Health” – As always appreciated, the
program provided a nice buffet luncheon that allowed for more than an hour of social
time between patient, families and transplant staff.
Note: as listed on the Second Chance web site, TRIO provides links to on-line YouTube
videos of these semi-annual presentations, including Derek’s amazing inspirational
sharing from this event.
Our Dec 1st Penn Transplant Institute Holiday Party brought together candidates,
recipients, family and medical staff from all the various transplant programs for a fun
evening of holiday celebration and tasty foods. It is always so amazing to see the
success of organ transplant at their parties where our “hearts” are a major part of the
attendance, celebrating another (or in some cases, their first) year of life fulfilled through
the gifts of donor families who are remembered in our prayers especially at times like
these.
Our next presentation event (barring snow) is scheduled for February 10, 2016 featuring the
topic: “Familial Cardiomyopathy” by Anjali Tiku Owens, MD whose talk will be
supported by a panel of three heart transplant patients who are all members of the
same family! – Lunch and free parking as usual and OPEN to all Second Chance
members.
In another note, as a member of the HUP Patient & Family Advisory Council, I was
invited to consult on the design work being done for the new hospital that is being built
across from the existing one, replacing the Penn Tower building which is already being
demolished. This is an exciting new addition to the major medical campus that has
been growing up in that old convention center area. If you haven’t driven down that 34th
street area in recent years, it’s worth the side trip – you will not recognize the awesome
Children’s and Penn Medicine towers that are now there, already transforming the
patient experience into something we often see in today’s ‘futuristic’ TV medical shows,
already now in practice here. The hospital will be under construction in the 2017 timeframe,
hopefully open in full service by 2020.

Heart Transplant Recovery Stories: Back in 2007, several of our chapter members recorded their personal stories of life experience in recovering from their heart transplants.
Enjoy their sharings by clicking here “Recovery from Heart Transplant

For further chapter information, contact:
Jim Gleason,  (609) 877-4493 or e-mail: GleasonJim@aol.com