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Dedicating the Dr. Bernett L. Johnson, Jr. Sayre Health Center: March 30
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March 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 25

The Penn community is invited to attend the ceremony dedicating the Sayre Health Center in memory of the late Dr. Bernett L. Johnson, Jr. The Dr. Bernett L. Johnson, Jr. Sayre Health Center rededication ceremony will take place in the gymnasium of Sayre High School at 5800 Walnut Street on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. 

Community leaders and special guests have agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs of the event. Those guests include Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Congressman Chaka Fattah, UPHS COO Garry Scheib, and Associate Vice President and Director of the Netter Center Ira Harkavy.

Sayre Health Center currently serves over 300 patients every month from surrounding neighborhoods, providing much needed medical care, support, and referral services. Dr. Johnson passed away in April 2009 after losing his battle with cancer (Almanac April 14, 2009).

“Dr. Johnson committed himself to the development of this primary health center that linked the resources of the University of Pennsylvania and the School District of Philadelphia with those of the West Philadelphia community,” said the health center’s leaders. “His vision was critical to the establishment of the Sayre Health Center; moreover, he ensured its unique educational focus.”

The ceremony will honor Dr. Johnson and recommit to his vision by awarding a scholarship to a Sayre High School student or graduate in his honor.

Almanac - March 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 25