|Combat to Care
December 18, 2012,
Volume 59, No. 16
Combat to Care is Penn Medicine’s veteran recruitment initiative inspired by the White House’s Joining Forces, a national initiative to heighten awareness about the health needs of the nation’s veterans, service members and families, and elevate the role that medical schools, nursing schools and teaching hospitals play in serving their community. Penn Medicine hosted a reception last month to launch the initiative and honor their own faculty and staff as well as family members who have served in the military.
Joining Forces was established by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families during their service to our country and throughout their lives.
Combat to Care, an extension of the national Joining Forces effort (Almanac April 17, 2012), is Penn Medicine’s campaign to: celebrate the service of their veteran faculty and staff; train their clinicians in the unique clinical challenges of caring for military service members, veterans, and their families; and recruit veterans who have demonstrated inspiring dedication, loyalty, and strength in the service of our nation to join Penn Medicine.
Combat to Care acknowledges Penn Medicine’s commitment to both hiring and retaining veterans, as well as recognizing the over 160 Health System and Perelman School of Medicine employees who have served, or are currently serving, in the Armed Forces in an active duty or reserve capacity.
At the reception, there was a dedicated moment of silence to honor all US veterans and to celebrate the life of Dr. John Pryor, the former Trauma Program Director at HUP who was killed on Christmas Day 2008, while serving his second tour of duty as an Army combat surgeon in Iraq (Almanac January 13, 2009).
The University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine will host activities, including career fairs and educational programs, throughout the coming year, demonstrating their commitment to veterans returning from duty and their families.
United States veterans seeking a new mission in an organization that values service to others above all else, ask yourself, Why Not You?
For information see: www.pennmedicine.org/careers/working-at-penn-medicine/veterans/