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Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Moms Against Guns’ Lynne Honickman and CeaseFirePa’s Phil Goldsmith were recognized for their efforts to get guns off our streets at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s 22nd Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner, held on November 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The theme of this year’s dinner was “A salute to safety; let’s end gun violence.” It’s a potent rallying cry for those of us who work at Magee. Since 2005, Magee has served 111 patients who were gunshot victims. But each year, there are many gunshot victims who never get the chance to receive treatment at this renowned rehab hospital. According to CeaseFirePa, Philadelphia has the highest number of gunfire homicides of any city in the U.S.

But Magee’s 2009 Humanitarian Award recipients are doing everything they can to positively impact those statistics.

Unfortunately, Governor Rendell could not attend, but Magee was delighted to have in attendance Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Dwight Evans from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Ticket sales, sponsorships and ad sales in the evening’s program brought in $150,000 to be used by Magee for the continuation of community outreach projects that stress the dangers of guns--such as the ThinkFirst program--and to treat those who need our help as a result of gun violence.

Magee’s Humanitarian Award recognizes those who contribute positively to the role of healthcare and/or the lives of individuals with disabilities in the Philadelphia Region. Numerous individuals are reviewed each year by a selection committee and past winners of Magee’s Humanitarian Award include Philadelphia notables Lynne Abraham, Joseph Frick, John Dougherty and Jerry & Carolyn Segal.


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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