- May 5, 1998
Volume 44 Number 32
Where Babies Come From
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) will start celebrating
on May 11 the opening of the newly constructed Labor & Delivery unit
and Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) on the 7th floor of the Ravdin Building.
The new facility has 14 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) rooms equipped
with state-of-the-art technology, and 31 bassinets for infants. The LDRs
are immediately adjacent to two fully-equipped operating rooms for emergency
and scheduled cesarean sections and other procedures. But is also designed
for comfort, said Dr. Mark A. Morgan, director of Obstetrics and Maternal
Fetal Medicine. It has private jacuzzis, skyline views of Philadelphia and
comfortable family waiting areas among other things. "The ICN supports
family-centered care and includes private quarters for breastfeeding mothers
and special consultation rooms for parents to meet with their child's caregivers."
The unit is staffed by nurses who specialize in infant intensive care and
a team of physicians from Penn and CHOP who care for newborns from the most
high-risk situations to their transition to home.
Special events for faculty, staff and students:
Open House: Monday, May 11, 3-5 p.m. marks the opening with tours,
commemorative gifts (see t-shirt design, below), a raffle and refreshments.
Regular tours, with gifts and refreshments, will also be held throughout
the week at the times listed below, but registration is required for these
tours (call -800-789-PENN).
- Additional Tours:
- Tuesday, May 12, 2-4 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 13, 1-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
- Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The stork stops here!
Ivy Stone is Bookstore Bound
The 1998 Ivy Stone is destined for the new Penn Bookstore now under construction
at 36th and Walnut Streets. Though the actual stone won't be laid until
June 3, there will be an unveiling ceremony at the Bookstore on Ivy Day,
Saturday, May 16-with drawings of the stone displayed at the site at approximately
5:30 p.m.The design (right) by College sophomore Laurie Kalb will be cut
in black granite and will be installed in the floor of the Bookstore's main
entrance, in the rotunda at 36th and Walnut. Ivy will be planted around
that entry area. Presentation of Ivy Day awards starts at 4 p.m. in College
Hall 200, with officers of the Class of '73 (the Twenty-Five Year reunion
class) returning to present the Senior Honor Awards to this year's winners.
(for more on the Bookstore, click
Six Faculty Fellows for the College Houses
Interim Provost Michael L. Wachter has announced the appointment of six
new Faculty Fellows to the 1998 comprehensive College Houses. Selected by
Faculty Masters in consultation with students and staff within each College
House, the six who will begin their terms on July 1 are Professors Michael Gamer
of English (Hamilton); Anita
Gelburd of the Wharton School (Hill), Tina
Lu of AMES (Harnwell); Lori
Rosenkopf of Wharton management (Gregory); Alan
Strudler of Wharton legal studies (Harrison) and Joseph
Sun of SEAS (Community).
"Students at Penn consistently want greater and more varied interaction
with Penn's scholars and teachers," said Dr. Wachter. "These appointments,
when combined with our Faculty Masters and incumbent Faculty Fellows, will
go a long way towards guaranteeing that result. "
Faculty Fellows, who serve two-year appointments, live in the College
Houses with their families, dining with students and bringing House residents
into daily contact with other scholars and teachers. Some Fellows are chosen
because their scholarly interests are related to the specialized programming
in the Houses, Dr. Wachter added, but "all join the College Houses
because of their ability to serve in more than one capacity. They are informal
advisors, program initiators and bridge builders to the other resources
of the University."
of the new Fellows)
FY1999 Commonwealth Appropriation: Up 2.8%
On April 22, the Pennsylvania House, by a vote of 197-2, gave final legislative
approval to Senate Bill 1315, Penn's Commonwealth appropriation for Fiscal
Year 1999. The Senate had previously approved SB 1315 on March 31, by a
vote of 47-0. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature, which
Senate Bill 1315 provides a total of $36,461,000 in funding for the University,
an increase of $991,000, or 2.8%, over FY 1998 funding levels. As shown
in the table
below, this funding is broken down as follows: $31,489,000 for the Veterinary
School (a 3.25% increase); $4,034,000 for the Medical School and $938,000
for the Dental Clinics. All appropriations are funded at the level recommended
by the Governor in his proposed budget released in February.
The Legislature also gave approval to several smaller appropriations
funded through separate bills. These appropriations include $199,000 for
the University Museum (a 10% increase), $132,000 for Cardiovascular Studies
at HUP and $600,000 for the Hospital's Cancer Center (a 9.1% increase).
In addition, the General Appropriations bill (House Bill 2281) includes
$4 million in Museum Assistance Grant funding, which is awarded on a competitive
basis to museums and cultural institutions not receiving direct grants.
Last year, the Morris Arboretum received approximately $120,000 through
The General Assembly approved two equipment programs which will benefit
the University. The Legislature provided $6 million for the higher education
equipment grant program, the same as last year's funding. Last year Penn
received $307,000 through this program. Also, the engineering equipment
grant program was funded at $1 million (same as last year). In FY 1998 Penn
received $63,000 from this matching program.
Finally, the General Appropriation (GA) bill provided additional funding
to assist hospitals experiencing losses due to uncompensated care. The GA
bill increased by $7.5 million the amount of state money included in the
Community Access Fund, a fund created two years ago to offset losses hospitals
had incurred due to Act 35 of 1996 (welfare reform legislation). With federal
match, there will now be a total of approximately $37 million available
and teaching hospitals, for the first time, are eligible to receive allocations
from the fund. The exact dollar impact of this expansion on the Health System
(HUP, Presbyterian, Pensylvania Hospital) has not yet been determined.
-- Paul S. Cribbins, Director for Commonwealth and City
University of Pennsylvania/Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania: History of Non-Preferred Appropriation
(in thousands of dollars;
|| FY 1994
|| FY 1995
|| FY 1996
|| FY 1997
|| FY 1998
|| $ 9,489
|| $ 9,089
| Dental Clinics
|New Bolton Center*
|Food and Animal Clinics & Services*
|Center for Animal Health & Productivity*
|Total Vet Medicine
- * Veterinary School line item
- ** Vet School appropriations combined into one line item entitled "Veterinary
Activities." (as of 4/23/98)
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