GIANT donates $570,000 to Children’s Hospital

With a gift of $570,000 from GIANT Food Stores, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has named the first-floor welcome desk at CHOP’s King of Prussia Specialty Care and Surgery Center the “GIANT Check-in Desk.”

GIANT Food Stores’ $570,000 gift will enhance the patient and family experience at all three CHOP urgent care sites including King of Prussia, Brandywine and Chalfont. Each center will be equipped with upgraded entertainment and educational technology and supplied with free healthy snacks. The urgent care locations will also be able to implement other enhancements as needed.

The donation is part of GIANT Food Store’s 95th anniversary celebration.

NCCN announces new chief medical officer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network named Dr. Wui-Jin Koh as senior vice president, chief medical officer, a newly created position for the nonprofit alliance of top U.S. cancer centers.

Koh will add additional physician representation at NCCN headquarters, which includes chief executive officer Dr. Robert W. Carlson, a practicing oncologist and internationally recognized breast cancer expert.

Koh is a board-certified radiation oncologist, professor and medical director for radiation oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance — an NCCN member institution. He specializes in the treatment of gynecologic and gastrointestinal malignancies.

The new CMO role will include overseeing the NCCN Oncology Research Program, which strives to improve and prolong the lives of people with cancer by advancing collaborative research.

Daniel J. Drake appointed to Pa. Council on Aging

Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Daniel J. Drake to the Pennsylvania Council on Aging.

Drake, senior vice president, Continuing Care, for Mercy Health System, oversees the Mercy LIFE and Mercy Home Health programs. Drake was confirmed to the appointment unanimously last month by the State Senate.

Drake leads the administration of care for six Mercy LIFE adult day centers, five in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs and one planned for 2018. More than 1,200 senior participants are enrolled in Mercy LIFE, a federal Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that help the elderly live independent lives.

Drake also oversees the administration of care delivered through Mercy Home Health, which reaches 33,000 patients annually in the five counties of the Philadelphia area; St. Francis Home Care in Wilmington, Del.; and the St. Mary Home Care center just north of Philadelphia in Langhorne.

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging “serves as an advocate for older individuals and advises the governor and the department on planning, coordination and delivery of services to older individuals,” according to its website.

HPP, Philabundance host healthy cooking workshops

Health Partners Plans (HPP), Philabundance and the Free Library of Philadelphia teamed up to present “Cooking with Health Partners Plans,” a series of hands-on cooking free workshops that offer a fun way to learn about different foods and how to turn them into healthy and delicious meals.

Upcoming workshops will be held June 6, at the library located at 1919 Vine St. and Aug. 8, at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, located at 125 S. 52nd St.

For more details about the cooking workshops visit, call 215-967-4514 or email

Crozer-Keystone units recognized

Crozer-Keystone Health System recently acknowledged six departments with gold and silver banner awards for consistently delivering an outstanding patient care experience.

Award recipients for October-December 2017 include staff from 3rd floor Telemetry at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, 5th floor Telemetry at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, the Emergency Department at Springfield Hospital, the Emergency Department at Taylor Hospital, Rehab at Taylor Hospital and Acute Care at Springfield Hospital.

Crozer-Keystone Health System evaluates patient experience through a 19-question patient survey administered at discharge. The survey questions assess nurse communication, physician communication, staff responsiveness, hospital environment, care transition, medication communication, discharge information and pain management.

The Gold Award is presented to units that score in the top 25 percentile of at least nine questions in the survey. The Silver Award is presented to units scoring in the top 50 percentile of at least 14 questions in the survey.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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