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Olney High School Students Completing 2009/2010 Health Tech Mentorship Program at St. Christopher's

June 10, 2010

Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation to Award College-Bound Participants $25,000

Thomas Darden, Deputy, Process Improvements and Communications, School District of Philadelphia, will congratulate 41 Olney High School students as they graduate from the Health Tech Mentorship Program, a school-to-career program sponsored by St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, the School District of Philadelphia, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc., Drexel University College of Medicine and the St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children.

Students will be graduating from the Health Tech Program in front of family, friends and dignitaries including Thomas Gluck, Acting Secretary of Education, State of Pennsylvania. During the ceremony, held on Monday, June 14, 2010, 10 am, at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, scholarships supported by the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation will be awarded to current and former students and the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation’s total program donation to $357,000. Funds will be used to create many new and continuing college scholarships for Olney High School students.

“We are grateful to the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation for donating this wonderful gift to our students,” said Barbara Liccio, director of Volunteer Services and Coordinator of the Health Tech Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. “We also want to extend our thanks to Thomas Darden and Dr. Arlene Ackerman, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia for offering their support and congratulations to our students as they continue to pursue their dreams and move on to post-secondary education.”

The Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation is making this donation in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police Department’s Operation Sunrise. Operation Sunrise, begun in 1998, is an initiative of the 24th, 25th and 26th district police departments to combat drug markets and violence in Kensington and eastern North Philadelphia neighborhoods.

The Health Tech Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is conducted in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, Office of Secondary Education, Department of Career and Technical Education, in which students from Olney High School receive one-on-one training from health care professionals. Since it began at the hospital in 1994, approximately 307 high school juniors and seniors have participated. The Health Tech program boasts a 98 percent high school graduation rate and a 95 percent college entrance rate.

The Rudman Foundation is named for Kal and Lucille Rudman. Kal is the founder and publisher of the six Friday Morning Quarterback international pop music magazines based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Now celebrating their 42nd anniversary, the publications have been described as “the Bibles of the business” in the music industry. The magazines evaluate records and project the next musical hits to program and music directors at radio stations across the country.

“The goal of the foundation is to help people and programs in every walk of life with special emphasis on young people and their education,” said Kal Rudman.

A luncheon will be held following the ceremony on Monday, June 14, 2010, in the Angelo M. DiGeorge Teaching Center at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been providing exceptional patient care and advancing new pediatric treatments through research and innovation. Through affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine, St. Christopher’s is a teaching hospital helping to train the next generation of professionals in pediatric medicine.

The 189-bed hospital is committed to delivering high quality family- and patient-centered care to children from throughout the Philadelphia area and around the world. Its highly acclaimed programs include its Level I Pediatric Trauma Center; Level IIIC NICU, which is the highest NICU designation; Heart Center, Oncology/Transplant; as well as its Burn Center, which is the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the area. In 2009, St. Christopher’s achieved Magnet status, which is one of the nation's highest forms of recognition for nursing excellence, and numerous St. Chris physicians were recognized in regional publications as being “Top Docs” in their fields.

To learn more about St. Christopher’s, visit www.stchristophershospital.com. St. Christopher’s can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StChrisHospital or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/stchrishospital.

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