Penn Medicine hosted a special October event honoring the Harron family for their generous $10 million gift to rename the Penn Lung Center the Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center, in memory of the Chester County broadcast and cable television pioneer. Harron died of lung disease in 2005.
Bolstering Penn Medicine’s efforts in providing the most advanced diagnosis and treatment of chronic lung disorders, the Harron family’s gift funds the physical space for the Center and two endowed department chairs, supports translational research, and promotes the most efficient and personalized care for patients with chronic lung disease. Located in the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, the Center unites pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists, allowing patients to meet all of their care needs in one location.
“Just like Paul Harron, this center is a leader and pioneer,” said President Amy Gutmann. “By having the drive and determination and vision to push the boundaries, the Harron Lung Center is advancing both research and patient care in pulmonary medicine.”
Millions of Americans each year suffer from chronic lung conditions, and nearly 400,000 die of lung disease, including lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, and pulmonary fibrosis, said Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine, J. Larry Jameson. “We are grateful that in response to this critical need, philanthropy is bolstering Penn Medicine’s ability to significantly advance the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease,” said Jameson.
The Center, made possible by the Imbesi and Bruder families, relations of Harron, is the newest center in the Perelman School of Medicine, underscoring Penn’s 250-year track record of leading-edge medicine.