In Development Fall 2016

In this issue:

Welcome Back: What’s New This Fall

As we roll up our sleeves to enter mid-semester and second quarter of the fiscal year, we stop for a moment to express our deepest gratitude to you for your exemplary work — the kind that so moves our alumni and grateful patients to remember the quality of education and care they received at Penn Medicine. At $213,000,000, we beat our FY16 Goal of $160 million by more than $53 million! Our phenomenal success raised the bar for FY17, to a more aggressive goal of $172 million.

In this issue you will find a special Penn Medicine advocate profile, a Penn Medicine community program recap, guides for two upcoming events and campaigns, and a fundraising tool refresher to make your life easier. But first, a few updates:

The Presidential Distinguished Professorships matching program continues to attract supporters. Since its inception, the Perelman School of Medicine has raised the funds for eight new Presidential Distinguished professorships. Active searches are in progress to fill the Harrison McCrea Dickson, MD; Measey Foundation; and Anderson Family professorships. The following appointments reflect the most recent additions to our stellar roster of scholars.

Established President's Distinguished Professorship by Chairholder
Jan 2015 Richard T. and Angela Clark Francis E. Marchlinski, MD
Jan 2015 Ruimy Family K. Rajender Reddy, MD
Mar 2015 Ruth M. and Tristram C. Colket, Jr. Scott E. Kasner, MD
May 2016 Richard and Barbara Schiffrin E. John Wherry, PhD
July 2016 Roseman, Tarte, Harrow and Shaffer Families Edward A. Stadtmauer, MD

As covered in the last edition of In Development, the matching challenge fund for Presidential Distinguished Professorships was established by Penn Medicine Trustees George Weiss, W’65, HON’14, and Richard Vague, who committed $10 million to encourage support of President Gutmann’s Penn Compact, which includes the goal to add 50 new professorships to the University by 2020.

The newly launched Orthopaedics Advisory Council is led by L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Paul D. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery; Professor of Plastic Surgery in Surgery. Its stated purpose is “to keep our top donors and advocates informed about the latest advances in research and patient care programs at Penn Orthopaedics,“ which will forward the mission of the department — home of the nation’s first department of Orthopaedic Surgery — “to be the preeminent world leader in musculoskeletal discovery, translational medicine, and orthopaedic education and training.”

Established to complement the grand opening of the new 150,000 sq. ft. Penn Musculoskeletal Center at Penn Medicine University City. The Council first met in April 2015 and then again over the summer. Their next meeting is scheduled for January 2017.

John H. Glick, MD Associate Dean for Resource Development, Perelman School of Medicine Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System

John H. Glick, MD
Associate Dean for Resource Development, Perelman School of Medicine
Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Kathryn Griffo Chief Advancement Officer

Kathryn Griffo
Chief Advancement Officer

 

Profile: George Weiss

Proud alumnus, successful entrepreneur, member of multiple Penn Medicine Board Committees and more, George A. Weiss W’65, HON’14, PAR’89, PAR’93, is a staunch Penn Medicine advocate and ambassador. Mr. Weiss’s unique brand of support promotes Penn Medicine as a "Best in Show" value proposition, setting us apart as a wise investment with the philanthropic community.

Our leadership is grateful that Mr. Weiss uses his vast network to actively identify individuals in need of strategic linking, and helps bridge our connections to the investment and philanthropic communities such as Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management group and the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit.

“Through presence and active engagement of our faculty and staff, George Weiss has developed a keen understanding of what distinguishes Penn Medicine in the scientific and philanthropic communities and is our very best champion.”  — J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

George and his wife, Lydia B. Weiss, often host fundraising events in their New York City residence.

Penn Medicine Advances:
Carrots, Sticks, and Nudges to Improve Health

Last June, the Penn Medicine Friends Fund sponsored a free community education program at the Merion Cricket Club, where experts from Penn’s Center for Health Care Innovation shared their tips for making lifestyle changes and lasting good habits that lead to better health. The next Advances event — Sight and Sound —will be hosted on Nov 10, 6:00 PM at the Franklin Institute.

 
Moderated by Penn Medicine’s Chief Scientific Officer Jonathan Epstein, MD (standing), panelists featured were (left to right): Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD, the Center’s Director, with Professorship appointments at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, and Vice Chair of Health Policy in our Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy; Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, the Center’s Deputy Director and Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Medical Ethics & Health Policy; and David A. Asch, MD, the Center’s Executive Director, Professor appointments at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School.

Moderated by Penn Medicine’s Chief Scientific Officer Jonathan Epstein, MD (standing), panelists featured were (left to right): Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD, the Center’s Director, with Professorship appointments at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, and Vice Chair of Health Policy in our Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy; Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, the Center’s Deputy Director and Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Medical Ethics & Health Policy; and David A. Asch, MD, the Center’s Executive Director, Professor appointments at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School.

 

Upcoming Events

Last year, the Abramson Cancer Center raised $3.5 million to support translational research and clinical trials with the inaugural Philly Fights Cancer. This October 15, Round 2 returns to Legacy Youth Tennis Education, featuring Grammy Award winners Lionel Richie and Jennifer Hudson, and comic and cancer survivor Tig Notaro.

 

 

On December 6, President Amy Gutmann, Dean J. Larry Jameson, and CEO Ralph Muller will host a special evening at the Hyatt at the Bellevue to celebrate Penn Medicine’s Endowed Professorships. Certificates and medals will be presented to the chair holders in recognition of their excellence, and an updated version of our Endowed Professorships book will be shared.

Note: Since its last printing in 1992, Penn Medicine has added nearly 130 more chairs!

 

Mini Campaign Updates

Frances E. Jensen, MD, Chair of the nation’s oldest Department of Neurology, has her sight set on making it today’s home of the most comprehensive, advanced patient care for neurological diseases. The monumentally successful Shine a Light campaign has already beaten its first goal of $12 million, its $15 million stretch, and is still going strong thanks to the efforts of Dr. Jensen and faculty throughout the Department of Neurology.

The Abramson Cancer Center is kicking off All In For All Patients, a unique campaign to help advance personalized medicine as a key element in finding more effective treatments for cancer. Through the campaign, the Center for Personalized Diagnostics (CPD) aims to accelerate novel therapy development using the power of genetics.

“The Center for Personalized Diagnostics (CPD) uncovers the unique genetic mutations of an individual’s cancer, empowering oncologists to refine diagnostics and tailor treatment according to the genetic makeup of their patient’s cancer — finding the needle in the haystack to stop cancer in its tracks.” — Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, MD, Peter C. Nowell, MD Professor and Founding Director, Center for Personalized Diagnostics

The $5 million goal of this two-year campaign will raise the funds urgently needed to ensure all ACC patients have their tumor material genetically profiled at the CPD.
 

News You Can Use: Development 101

Rely on Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations (PMDAR) to help you elevate your key messaging and presentation skills for more effective and meaningful donor meetings and conversations:

Group training sessions for faculty are offered twice every year (spring and fall), and one-on-one sessions are available as needed. In a recent PMDAR survey of faculty members who’ve this received specialized training, 80% of the respondents said they are very likely to recommend it to their colleagues:

“The training gave me needed insight into structuring my presentations into the given time limit, figuring out what key points I want to get across, and then leaving the audience with a clear message. Before I feel I may have been trying to 'cram' as much as I knew into a given presentation. I now focus on telling a story.” — Penn Medicine Faculty Member

In addition to formal training, the newly published UPHS Giving Booklet is a helpful resource to guide you through conversations with your grateful patients. It contains all the information potential donors need to think about how they would like to support the great work being done at Penn Medicine.

Please reach out to your contact in Development, or call (215) 898-0578, to help you decide on the training solution and materials that suits your needs best.