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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Come to the January Lung Transplant Support Group!

Date: Monday, January 11, 2016
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research
1st Floor, Conference Room 102
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

We hope to see all lung transplant patients at the first support group of 2016. Anyone who is awaiting a lung transplant or has already been transplanted is encouraged to attend. There is no topic; it will be an open forum for discussion and is a great opportunity to reconnect and get advice for the new year.

If you’d like additional information about any Penn Lung Transplant Support Group events or have questions, please contact Chris Erickson at 215-662-4575 or

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Making a House a Home: The Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House Wish List

Many people who come to Penn Medicine for a transplant live far from Philadelphia. When the call comes for a transplant, the Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House provides a convenient and comfortable place for transplant patients and their families to stay.

The Transplant House was designed and built entirely through the generosity of private donations, and it is currently in great need of some additional support. We would be extremely grateful if you could help by:

1. Donating cash or checks

We'll use the money to purchase replacement bedding and kitchen equipment.

2. Donating any of the following items:

  • Bathroom scales
  • Luggage cart
  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions 
  • Playstation 3 and games
  • Stereo system for the fitness center
  • Aluminum foil
  • Saran wrap
  • Plastic food storage containers for leftovers
  • Zip-lock bags (variety of sizes)
  • Dry food goods, including canned soups, dry cereal, canned vegetables and condiments

3. Volunteering as a guest chef

Guest chefs prepare and share a meal with our out-of-town guests. It can really help ease the stress associated with meal planning and preparation.

Donations and checks should be delivered to: 
Penn Transplant House
3940 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Your gift will assist us in offering hospitality and care to our guests during their stay with us.

Thank you so much in advance and happy holidays!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Save the Date: Annual Patient Holiday Party

We hope your schedules will allow you to join us at our annual holiday party for an evening of fun, food and celebration.

Anyone connected to Penn through a heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas or living donor transplant is invited. It's a great opportunity to spend time with friends you’ve made along your transplant journey, make new ones and see your favorite Transplant staff members.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

5:00-7:30 pm

Smilow Center for Translational Research Commons
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Complimentary food and refreshments will be served.

Parking Information

Valet parking is not available for the session; however, self-pay and self-park are available at two locations:

Perelman Center Parking Garage

Location: 3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Rate: $7 for up to three hours

Civic Center Boulevard Parking Garage

Location: 3600 Civic Center Boulevard Center Boulevard 
Rate: $5 flat rate

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Being far from home when you need medical care is never easy -- and if it happens over the holidays, it can be even more challenging. If you’d like to help us offer additional hospitality to the guests at the Clyde F. Barker Transplant House, donations will be accepted at the holiday party. Just look for the Penn Transplant House table and add your gift to the collection. Checks can be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Please put "Transplant House" on the memo line.


Space is limited. To attend the holiday party, kindly RSVP by Tuesday, November 24 by calling 1-800-789-PENN (7366).

We can't wait to see everyone!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Come to the November Lung Transplant Support Group!

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Topic: Attitude of Gratitude

We wish to extend our thanks to the patients and caregivers who've been able to join us for the monthly Penn Transplant Lung Transplant Support Group meetings. Your shared insights have helped create a richly supportive experience for everyone in attendance. Your willingness to invest your time to join us and speak about your experience is a real benefit to all participating.

Please consider attending the Monday, November 9 session where we plan to come together and prepare for the holiday season. We will focus on the facets of our lives for which we are grateful. While holiday seasons often present challenges on many different levels, setting our attention, even for short periods of time, on aspects of our lives we enjoy can help us navigate through tough situations. We hope your schedules will permit you to join us for this special session where Penn Lung Transplant Social Worker, Christopher Erickson, MSW, LCSW will outline some strategies to develop an "attitude of gratitude".

We also want to give you a sneak peak at the date of the Penn Transplant Institute Patient Holiday Party. The party is planned for Monday, December 1, 2015; please stay tuned for more details.

If you've attended the Penn Transplant Patient Holiday Party in the past, we'd love to hear from you! Email three reasons you'd recommend people attend the Penn Transplant Patient Holiday Party to Nancy Blumenthal, DNP, CRNP, our Director of Clinical Practice & Senior Nurse Practitioner, at We'll post your responses on the Penn Lung Transplant Blog next month to help encourage newcomers to come out and celebrate.

If you’d like additional information about any Penn Lung Transplant Support Group events, please contact Christopher Erickson at 215-662-4575 or
We look forward to seeing you on November 9!