News to Know2022-11-22T17:12:10+00:00

News to Know

GW Hospital Welcomed Washington Football Player Jahan Dotson

Football player Jahan Dotson delighted fans — and made some new ones — when he visited The George Washington University (GW) Hospital throughout the past month to inspire patients and staff alike. The rookie wide receiver first visited the GW Cancer Center, where he encouraged patients undergoing treatment and signed mini-footballs. Soon after, he returned to the GW Transplant Institute for a special meet and greet with a pair of donors and their recipients, along with the doctors who performed the surgeries. Rounding out his visits was a Q&A Session for GW staff, where Jahan spoke to his personal experience managing change and adversity and signed autographs.

Jahan Dotson attends a Q_A Session with the GW TeamJahan Dotson visits GW Cancer Center

“It’s been a pleasure spending time with this gifted and inspiring athlete throughout the last month,” said Kimberly Russo, Group Vice President, DC Region, Acute Care and Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of GW University Hospital. “We thank Jahan for stopping by and lifting everyone’s spirits, as well as spending time with our team.”

Edward H. Sim Named Executive Vice President, UHS and President, Acute Care Division

Emily HaleUHS has announced the appointment of Edward (Eddie) H. Sim to Executive Vice President and President, Acute Care, succeeding Marvin Pember, who has announced his intention to retire. Reporting to President and CEO Marc D. Miller, Eddie will drive strategy and operations across the UHS Acute Care portfolio including UHS’ Acute Care hospitals, freestanding emergency departments (FEDs) and ambulatory centers, as well as Independence Physician Management and Prominence Health Plan.

Learn more about this appointment →

Former Patient Joins Cygnet to Help Others Struggling with Their Mental Health

Emily HaleAfter years of battling an eating disorder, former service user Emily Hale is now working for Cygnet Health Care to help others also struggling with their mental health and to ensure their voices are heard.

Exactly one year ago Emily was an inpatient at Cygnet Hospital Ealing in the U.K. following a four-year battle with anorexia. She completed a four-month treatment program for her eating disorder and it was there that the former support worker set her sights on furthering her career post-discharge.

“I saw a job advertised for an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) at Cygnet Hospital Maidstone and I instinctively felt that it would be a good fit for me,” said Emily.

Read more about Emily’s journey at Cygnet →

“Tipping the Pain Scale” Curricula Now Available

Tipping the Pain Scale graphic

UHS has licensed the “Tipping the Pain Scale” documentary, which helps to tell an important narrative around the current addiction crisis, advocate for resources, and reduce the stigma around seeking help for mental health and substance use disorder issues.

The license provides access to seven 15-minute vignettes and two versions of the full feature documentary (one for streaming in smaller settings, one theatrical version for large venues).

UHS licensure includes the following potential uses:

  • Hosting community screening events
  • Patient education in therapy groups using the vignettes or full feature film
  • Staff education through in person events or viewing on our SharePoint site

If you plan on hosting a community screening offsite or for more information about the curricula, please email Lisa Haino, Senior Marketing Account Manager, Behavioral Health.

About the Documentary

Tipping The Pain Scale follows individuals grappling with the current systemic failures of addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery in the U.S. States and their journey to develop and employ new, innovative, and often controversial solutions to the problem. It is a quasi-anthology, weaving characters through their own stories as they connect to the issues plaguing all communities and the country in an urgent fight to save lives. This positive and uplifting, yet gritty and real, story of redemption and hope is told in cinema verité style.

The film opened for wide release on September 6, 2022, for home viewing. Learn more about the film at →

Watch the trailer on YouTube →

The Kimmel Cultural Campus Revealed the New Plaque for the Miller Theater in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. recently unveiled the commemorative plaque honoring Alan B. Miller and his family for their philanthropic donation to renovate the Merriam (now Miller) Theater. The generous donation will fund significant restoration of the theater. Renovation projects, which include critical infrastructure improvements and new ADA-compliant seats will commence in 2023.

“I’ve always been an admirer and supporter of the arts and its enriching impact on life,” said Alan B. Miller, UHS Founder and Executive Chairman. “I appreciate the work done by the Kimmel Cultural Campus in delivering on its mission to engage the Philadelphia region’s diverse communities in art through performance and education. To be associated with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc., by offering my family’s name to the iconic Merriam Theater is a privilege.”

Read more about the Miller Theater in the Philadelphia Inquirer →

Miller family in front of theater
Miller theater interior