Interning and Inspired

Currently, I am interning with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). I have always had a strong interest in the healthcare industry; therefore, I continue to be intrigued by the hospital’s brand, initiatives, and patient services. Yet, more often than not, I find myself taking off my PR lens and still being inspired.

CHOP is the nation’s first pediatric hospital, in research funding alone, they raise over 4 million dollars, annually, to ensure cutting-edge breakthroughs for sick children and their families. It is so easy to be encouraged by a foundation that raises enough money through PR, marketing, and events, to ensure that all children can receive proper care and parents don’t have to worry about the financial burden. How can I not be empowered by a hospital that has successfully performed the first and only arm transplant? They literally and figuratively put power in a patient’s hands.

Though, it is more than the medical breakthroughs and outstanding financial support. This success is managed under a female CEO, Madeline Bell. Bell leaves me motivated, inspired, and proud every day. She began her career at CHOP as a pediatric nurse in 1983. Her passion for the hospital’s mission led her to work in hospital administration. In 2017, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” Now, on the heels of her success, she is credited for changing the lives of children, their families, the Philadelphia community, and of course, her 14,000 employees. In a society, where most businesses and industries are managed by men, I am pleased to be learning in a leading organization that is run by a woman. While it might be a small breakthrough for both Madeline Bell and CHOP, this opportunity has left me inspired and driven for my future.

This blog post was written by Secretary Jill Curcio.

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