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Magee Rehabilitation Hospital to Host Public Unveiling of Photo-Documentary about Patients and Therapists

Over the last 50 years, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital has hosted photographers, writers, and video crews trying to capture in brief moments what staff, patients, and their families experience within our walls.

But what makes Magee special is the relationships and progress made over time.

That's why Faye Murman - a local photojournalist - spent nearly three months turning her talented lens on life here at Magee, shadowing four patients as they went through rehab for their spinal cord injuries. Entitled, The Fifth Floor: Spinal Cord Injuries at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, the pictures and slideshows, complete with audio interviews, will appear in the pages of the Daily News and Daily News website.

But on June 6th, from 4:30-6:30pm, Magee will host a free rooftop reception to unveil the artwork. The reception will give patients, staff and the general public their first glimpses of The Fifth Floor in an "open gallery" atmosphere, complete with wine and cheese. The reception is even being listed as a stop on the First Friday gallery and museum listing for the night. (Media are invited to cover the reception)

"This is an unprecedented look into what occurs during the physical rehabilitation process here at Magee," said Kerry O'Connor, Director of Public Relations for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. "Faye did an excellent job capturing the compassion, inspiration, challenges, and relationships that form between our patients, staff, and families."

Murman's previous photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine and the Philadelphia Daily News. She has also done work for Fox/American Idol, Boost Mobile, Temple University and the University of Scranton. Murman also runs her own photography business.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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