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Penn Medicine employees make difference during storm


When a tornado tore through Doylestown Tuesday, the team at Penn Radiation Oncology Doylestown jumped into action to shelter children from a nearby day care center after its roof collapsed.

Brian Lally, MD, Omer Nawaz, PhD, and the “RadOnc” staff quickly ensured patients were protected, and Radiation Therapy Technician Stephanie Ganley led a team to support the rescue mission of the children.

Alongside rescue personnel, the RadOnc team formed a human chain to escort children and the day care staff into the radiation oncology vault – the same room where patients receive lifesaving treatment – to keep them safe from the storm.

Radiation Therapist Kevin Weber of New Hope had special insights that helped pave the way: his mother works at the day care facility and his knowledge of the facility’s layout helped the team find an alternative path to get kids and their teachers to safety.

“Hats off and our sincere gratitude for the RadOnc team’s lifesaving efforts and for always keeping our patients – and the communities we serve – safe,” Penn Medicine said via email.

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