University City has a new managed care program for frail elders, the only nurse-managed site in a national program delivering comprehensive health care and social services to the elderly in their homes. Penn Nursing and St. Agnes Medical Center/CHI hold federal contracts to operate the system in two locations--St. Agnes in South Philadelphia and the Penn installation, called the LIFE center (for Living Independently for Elders) at 4101 Woodland Avenue.
Cutting the ribbon at the Woodland Avenue site Friday, October 9, were (left to right) LIFE's Executive Director Chris Allen, Secretary of the University Rosemary McManus; LIFE's first enrollee, Marjorie Pope; and School of Nursing Dean Norma Lang.
For more on this program, and on a Penn/Macy initiative to extend academic nursing practice elsewhere, click here.
Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, Penn Trustees chair and former chairman of the board and CEO of Merck & Company, has been chosen for the Franklin Institute's 1999 Bower Award in Business Leadership, for his work to combat "river blindness" a disease spread by contaminated water in many countries.
In the same ceremony next April, the Institute's Franklin Medal in Computer
and Cognitive Science will be given to Penn alumnus Dr. Noam Chomsky, professor
of linguistics at MIT, for his analysis of human and computer language.
Every year Philadelphia's Foundation for Architecture selects an "architecturally significant space, under construction," in which to give a party. Or rather, the party of the year--the Beaux Arts Ball--the city's "grandest and most outrageous costume gala, the largest party of its kind in the country," attracting over 3,500 revelers. In recent years the Foundation has saluted the Convention Center, The Court at King of Prussia, the Philadelphia Navy Yard and, last year, the Apollo at Temple. '
This year the choice is Penn's Sansom Common, where the 17th annual Beaux Arts Ball will be held Saturday, October 24. For 1998's "Silver Screen" theme, architects, designers and artists have competed to build interactive decorative elements, expressing the "dynamism and thrill of famous movie walks, journeys or show-downs along a bridging walkway," and a jury will choose four that capture the "star-struck madness of the Silver Screen" to feature as scenery for the Ball.
Cocktails and dinner will be from 6:30 until 9 p.m., followed by the ball from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. The attire for the evening: creative black tie or shimmering silver. The year's best couple or individual costume will win two round-trip tickets to London; a sound stage full of prizes and awards will be given to other original and glamorous costume winners.
Dinner tickets are $250, and include the cocktail party, dinner, valet
parking and admission to the ball. Advance ball tickets are $75, $85 at
the door. Tickets are available from the Foundation for Architecture at
569-3187 (cash, check and major credit cards). Proceeds continue Foundation
educational programs such as Architecture in Education, an eight-week introductory
course for public and private school students K-12; as well as the annual
Louis I. Kahn lecture, and walking tours of the city.
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 8, October 20, 1998